April 28, 2022
Today’s reading: Numbers 26:1-2
We read in Numbers 26:1-2:
1 And it came to pass, after the plague, that the LORD spoke to Moses and Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, saying: 2 “Take a census of all the congregation of the children of Israel from twenty years old and above, by their fathers’ houses, all who are able to go to war in Israel.”
We read about the second census of the Israelites in the wilderness. If you’re going to do the math, the number of men ready for war decreased by about 0.3%.
What does this tell us? It tells us how the Israelites stagnated in their growth in terms of population. For almost forty years, their number stayed relatively the same.
We can see how the years spent in the wilderness reflect no growth, no advancement. This does not simply tell you about the physical but also the spiritual state of Israel.
For about four decades, the Israelites just went in circles, not able to enter the promised land. This was needed to weed off the generation of doubters and unbelievers until a new generation shall rise up who are bold enough to conquer the Promised Land.
🔥 To learn more, I highly recommend you read, “5 little-known lessons we learn from the Parable of the Growing Seed (Mark 4:26-29).”
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