It must have been a daunting feat, and a sad day, when the second census was taken by Moses. 40 years had passed since the Israelites were to enter Canaan; and, now they gathered at the shores of the Jordan once again looking across at Jericho. After the census was done–Moses Joshua and Caleb remained as the only remaining adult cast members. The liberated slaves had all perished, and now a nation of free people remained.
Joshua and Caleb never doubted God, or his ability to clear the land. They simply had to trust Him that in His time He would deliver on the promise He made to Abraham hundreds of years prior. Well, the time had finally come, and now as the census was taken Joshua was as strong and fit and ready as he had been 40 years prior. The amazing thing was that he and Caleb never fell prey to the doubts and sin of the people. They learned and followed God closely. They saw God at His best and the people at their worst. Now, at the end of the journey, Joshua was ready to lead.
We have the same opportunity today as Joshua did with israel. We can watch the world around us react and rebel to the Lord but, we can also choose to remain strong and faithful in spite of the behaviors and attitudes we face. It is never an easy approach, but, it is always the right approach. With it, there is pain, trial, stress and an innate desire to give up. If we can continue to follow the Lord in the midst of that, He will honor our faithfulness and, like Joshua, we will find ourselves being one of the last ones standing. Help us, Father, to be the servants that remain faithful through the trials and the storms.
God Bless You
The Lord said to Moses, 53 “The land is to be allotted to them as an inheritance based on the number of names. 54 To a larger group give a larger inheritance, and to a smaller group a smaller one; each is to receive its inheritance according to the number of those listed. 55 Be sure that the land is distributed by lot. What each group inherits will be according to the names for its ancestral tribe. 56 Each inheritance is to be distributed by lot among the larger and smaller groups.”
57 These were the Levites who were counted by their clans:
through Gershon, the Gershonite clan;
through Kohath, the Kohathite clan;
through Merari, the Merarite clan.
58 These also were Levite clans:
the Libnite clan,
the Hebronite clan,
the Mahlite clan,
the Mushite clan,
the Korahite clan.
(Kohath was the forefather of Amram; 59 the name of Amram’s wife was Jochebed, a descendant of Levi, who was born to the Levites[e] in Egypt. To Amram she bore Aaron, Moses and their sister Miriam.60 Aaron was the father of Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.61 But Nadab and Abihu died when they made an offering before the Lord with unauthorized fire.)
62 All the male Levites a month old or more numbered 23,000. They were not counted along with the other Israelites because they received no inheritance among them.
63 These are the ones counted by Moses and Eleazar the priest when they counted the Israelites on the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho. 64 Not one of them was among those counted by Moses and Aaron the priest when they counted the Israelites in the Desert of Sinai.65 For the Lord had told those Israelites they would surely die in the wilderness, and not one of them was left except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun.
This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33
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