As God had the tribes count–to collect the number of fighting men available to march in and take the promised Land, He did two things that were unique. First, the Lord made clear to the people that they were a substantial people when together. By tribe, Moses received the count and at the end of the day–Israel was protected by GOD, and 600,000 + fighting men. That is no small number. The census helped the people to realize that they were all ready and accountable to defend the people when called upon.
The second thing that God did, was to set aside the Levitical tribe to defend the tabernacle, and the things of God. They would never be a part of the troops, they would be charged with the duty of maintaining and protecting the holy and unique part of the nation. No other nation or tribe had literally been led by God. He led them, fed them, freed them and prepared them to become a nation of priests. As such, the Levitical tribe–the tribe of priests were also set apart to maintain and protect all that was holy. It is also fitting that God chose His leader for His nation from the tribe of priests! Why shouldn’t Moses, a Levite be the face of His nation!
In our day, God still wants us to know that He is preparing us to reclaim our promise. God wants us to see we are ready, but, He also wants us to remember that the spiritual preparation is what is critical. We need to follow the Lord and allow Him to continue His sanctification process in our lives. But, we also need to understand God is readying us for the spiritual battles we face. Like Israel–He is hardening us, disciplining us and preparing us for the journey–we must take that seriously.
Thank You, Father, for helping me to understand that while You are clearly in charge, I too must be made ready for the fight.
God Bless You