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Scripture reading for February 11: Numbers 1-4

The book of Numbers is so named because of all the counting and lists of numbers.  God was apparently very interested in numbers and specifically assigned jobs to each family group.  According to the reading today, there were 603,550 men 20 years old or more that could serve in the army and fight from 11 of the tribes.  (Numbers 1:46) The only tribe excluded from the duty to fight was Levi.  The Levites belonged to God and were set apart to serve in the Tabernacle.  (Numbers 3:5-7)

Many people think that God doesn’t really care about numbers or individual people.  The reading today shows just the opposite.  God cared about each person and family group.  He wanted the leaders to know how many they had to help with the work and protection of the nation.  God uses people and knows each one by name!  He knows the purpose and jobs that He has designed and gifted them to do.  God is looking for people who are faithful, available, and teachable!

To the Gershonites clans was given the care of the tent curtains and coverings. (Numbers 3:21-26)  God assigned the Kohathites to be in charge of the sanctuary.  (Numbers 3:27-32) He assigned the Merarite clans to carry the poles of the tabernacle. (Numbers 3:33-37)  All these men were called by God to do a specific job and to do it as unto the Lord.  (Numbers 3:38)

God is still looking for faithful and available workers.  They must be teachable and willing to obey orders.  When He finds these workers, He shows Himself strong on their behalf.  They are blessed and God’s love and protection covers their homes and families.  He blesses  “F.A.T. ” people! (Faithful, Available, Teachable)

1st Corinthians 12:18– “But in fact, God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, exactly as he wanted them to be.”

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God loves F.A.T. people!

Scripture reading for February 11: Numbers 1-4

Numbers is so named because of all the counting and lists of numbers in the book.  God was apparently very interested in numbers and specifically assigned jobs to each family group.  According to the reading today, there were 603,550 men 20 years old or more that could serve in the army and fight from 11 of the tribes.  (Numbers 1:46) The only tribe excluded from the duty to fight was Levi.  The Levites belonged to God and were set apart to serve in the Tabernacle.  (Numbers 3:5-7)

Often, today, many people think that God doesn’t really care about numbers or individual people.  The reading today shows just the opposite.  God cared about each person and family group.  He wanted the leaders to know how many they had to help with the work and protection of the nation.  God uses people and knows each one by name!  He knows even the hairs on their heads.  He knows the purpose and jobs that He has designed and gifted them to do.  It doesn’t matter so much what you do, as long as you are (F)faithful, (A)available, and (T)teachable!

To the Gershonites clans was given the care of the tent curtains and coverings.   God assigned the Kohathites to be in charge of the sanctuary.  (Numbers 3:27-32) He assigned the Merarite clans  to carry the poles of the tabernacle. (Numbers 3:33-37)  The Levites were to serve Aaron and his sons and they belonged to God because God took them in place of the firstborn from every Israelite woman. (Numbers 3:11-13)  He had redeemed them by the blood of the Passover Lamb!  All these men were called by God to do a specific job and to do it as unto the Lord.  If they got out of line and tried to look into the holy things when they were not assigned, they would die!  (Numbers 3:38)

God is looking for faithful and available workers.  They must be teachable and humble enough to obey orders.  When He finds these workers, He shows Himself strong on their behalf.  They are blessed and God’s love and protection covers their homes and families.  It is not how much you do, or what kind of talent and position that makes you special to the Lord.  He blesses  F.A.T. people!

1st Corinthians 12:18– “But in fact, God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, exactly as he wanted them to be.”

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Each One Counts

Scripture reading for February 11th: Numbers 1-4

The book of Numbers starts with instructions for counting each of the Israelite men 20 years of age and older.  Every one was to be counted in a census by name and one of the purposes was finding those who might serve in the army.  God’s people were an army that was being prepared for battle.  They were organized by divisions under the leaders of the twelve tribes.  Each tribe had a leader that God assigned to help with this task of counting.  (Numbers 1:1-5)  One by one each person was listed and counted as the Lord directed! In that day, only the men were to fight and they needed to be 20 years old to be in God’s army.

We also note that each of the divisions or tribes was assigned a particular place to camp around the Tent of Meeting, which was God’s dwelling in the center of His people .  Three tribes were assigned to each of the four directions around the camp.  They were to assemble around the banner of their tribe.  An army has order and must be around their commander!  Armies also march and assemble around banners that an assigned person carried.

One tribe was assigned to lead the procession when they moved out–the tribe of Judah!  It is interesting to note the Jesus Christ was the “Lion of the tribe of Judah!” (Genesis 49:9) (Revelation 5:5) Judah, Issachar and Zebulun camped on the east of the Tent of Meeting.  It is also interesting to note that the “Eastern” gate is the gate were Messiah will enter the holy city on His return.  One of the names of God in the Old Testament was “Jehovah Nissi”, The Lord our Banner!  He actually led Judah because when the cloud of Glory would move, then the Israelites would move and follow.  A good thought here is our necessity to wait on God and follow Him in His prescribed order!

In all there were 603,550 Israelite men 20 years old and older, not counting the Levites!  There were 22,000 Levite males  a month old or older.  Levites who were between 30 and 50 years of age were to serve in the work of caring for the holy things.  Each one was assigned a job and told what to carry and do.  8,580 were in that group and willingly did the work.  God truly knows about and cares for each of His people.

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God loves F.A.T. People!

Scripture reading for February 11: Numbers 1-4

Today we begin a new book of Moses, Numbers.  Numbers is so named because of all the counting and lists of numbers in the book.  God was apparently very interested in numbers and specifically assigned jobs to each family group.  According to the reading today, there were 603,550 men 20 years old or more that could serve in the army and fight from 11 of the tribes.  (Numbers 1:46) The only tribe excluded from the duty to fight was Levi.  The Levites belonged to God and were set apart to serve in the Tabernacle.  (Numbers 3:5-7)

Often, today, many people think that God doesn’t really care about numbers or individual people.  The reading today shows just the opposite.  God cared about each person and family group.  He wanted the leaders to know how many they had to help with the work and protection of the nation.  God uses people and knows each one by name!  He knows even the hairs on their heads.  He knows the purpose and jobs that He has designed and gifted them to do.  It doesn’t matter so much what you do, as long as you are (F)faithful, (A)available, and (T)teachable!

To the Gershonites clans was given the care of the tent curtains and coverings.   God assigned the Kohathites to be in charge of the sanctuary.  (Numbers 3:27-32) He assigned the Merarite clans  to carry the poles of the tabernacle. (Numbers 3:33-37)  The Levites were to serve Aaron and his sons and they belonged to God because God took them in place of the firstborn from every Israelite woman. (Numbers 3:11-13)  He had redeemed them by the blood of the Passover Lamb!  All these men were called by God to do a specific job and to do it as unto the Lord.  If they got out of line and tried to look into the holy things when they were not assigned, they would die!  (Numbers 3:38)

God is looking for faithful and available workers.  They must be teachable and humble enough to obey orders.  When He finds these workers, He shows Himself strong on their behalf.  They are blessed and God’s love and protection covers their homes and families.  It is not how much you do, or what kind of talent and position that makes you special to the Lord.  He blesses  F.A.T. people!

1st Corinthians 12:18– “But in fact, God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, exactly as he wanted them to be.”

Isaiah 6:8–“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”  and I said, “Here am I.  Send me!”

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