A Thought for Today – February 23, 2022

A Thought for Today – February 23, 2022

“That’s a Whole Lot of People”

As we read about God’s people, the Biblical narrative starts with two people, Abram and Sarai. The people slowly increase in number. When Israel goes into Egypt, they are less than 100 in number. Sometimes we forget what happened in Egypt; they multiplied. Please read the following verses.     

Num 1:17-46

17 Moses and Aaron took these men whose names had been given, 18, and they called the whole community together on the first day of the second month. The people indicated their ancestry by their clans and families, and the men twenty years old or more were listed by name, one by one, 19 as the Lord commanded Moses. And so he counted them in the Desert of Sinai:

20 From the descendants of Reuben, the firstborn son of Israel:
All the men twenty years old or more who were able to serve in the army were listed by name, one by one, according to the records of their clans and families. 21 The number from the tribe of Reuben was 46,500.

22 From the descendants of Simeon:
All the men twenty years old or more who were able to serve in the army were counted and listed by name, one by one, according to the records of their clans and families. 23 The number from the tribe of Simeon was 59,300.

24 From the descendants of Gad:
All the men twenty years old or more who were able to serve in the army were listed by name, according to the records of their clans and families. 25 The number from the tribe of Gad was 45,650.

26 From the descendants of Judah:
All the men twenty years old or more who were able to serve in the army were listed by name, according to the records of their clans and families. 27 The number from the tribe of Judah was 74,600.

28 From the descendants of Issachar:
All the men twenty years old or more who were able to serve in the army were listed by name, according to the records of their clans and families. 29 The number from the tribe of Issachar was 54,400.

30 From the descendants of Zebulun:
All the men twenty years old or more who were able to serve in the army were listed by name, according to the records of their clans and families. 31 The number from the tribe of Zebulun was 57,400.

32 From the sons of Joseph:

From the descendants of Ephraim:
All the men twenty years old or more who were able to serve in the army were listed by name, according to the records of their clans and families. 33 The number from the tribe of Ephraim was 40,500.

34 From the descendants of Manasseh:
All the men twenty years old or more who were able to serve in the army were listed by name, according to the records of their clans and families. 35 The number from the tribe of Manasseh was 32,200.

36 From the descendants of Benjamin:
All the men twenty years old or more who were able to serve in the army were listed by name, according to the records of their clans and families. 37 The number from the tribe of Benjamin was 35,400.

38 From the descendants of Dan:
All the men twenty years old or more who were able to serve in the army were listed by name, according to the records of their clans and families. 39 The number from the tribe of Dan was 62,700.

40 From the descendants of Asher:
All the men twenty years old or more who were able to serve in the army were listed by name, according to the records of their clans and families. 41 The number from the tribe of Asher was 41,500.

42 From the descendants of Naphtali:
All the men twenty years old or more who were able to serve in the army were listed by name, according to the records of their clans and families. 43 The number from the tribe of Naphtali was 53,400.

44 These were the men counted by Moses and Aaron and the twelve leaders of Israel, each one representing his family. 45 All the Israelites twenty years old or more who were able to serve in Israel’s army were counted according to their families. 46 The total number was 603,550.

The census shows over a half million people. That IS a whole lot of people. But wait, who didn’t get counted in this census. One whole tribe, the tribe of Levi, is not counted, per God’s request. No boys under the age of 20 were counted. Some of the older males, those who would not be able to serve in the army, were not counted. And not one woman or girl is counted. So if we guestimate, it would seem one can see there were at least 3-5 million Israelites.

That many people needed to cross the Red Sea. that many people would need food and water as they wandered in the wilderness for forty years. How could God do this? All things are possible with God.

He gave them bread from heaven, water from a rock, and all the meat they could eat.

Our God is phenomenal.

Thank you, Lord, for loving us so deeply.

Have a great day in the Lord, and be thankful for all that has been done for you.

What an awesome Lord God we serve.

Be Blessed

Be a Blessing;

Amen

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