Friday, February 17, 2012
Welcome to Day 48 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Numbers 1, Israel was being formed into a “kingdom” with God as their King. A “theocracy.” A general overview: 1. Orders given to Moses to number the people, Num. 1:1-4. 2. Persons nominated to assist him herein, Num. 1:5-16. 3. The particular number of each tribe, as it was given in to Moses, Num. 1:17-43. 4. The sum total of all together, Num. 1:44-46. 5. An exception of the Levites, Num. 1:47-54 [Excerpt from Matthew Henry’s Commentary.] (I find this resource helpful as I try to get my head around each new book I am about to read, or individual passages that aren’t making sense to me.)
Numbers 2, Instructions are given as to where each tribe was to camp in reference to the Tabernacle. Only the Levites were to camp near the Tabernacle. They were responsible for its care, as well as moving and setting it up. 603,550 men over age 20, able to serve in the army, were numbered. That alone is larger than the population of Montgomery County, Ohio! That’s a lot of people to count and organize.
Acts 24, Love Paul’s testimony about the resurrection of the dead, his presentation and how he tailored it to his audience, Felix in particular. Told them he himself was a Pharisee, having once persecuted “the Way.” Paul is kept under house since Felix didn’t quite know what to do with him… (Did you note Felix was “hoping Paul would offer him a bribe?”) Two years later…
Interesting exercise that God had Moses and the tribes do… Counting, preparing, organizing. Those are important leadership qualities… Administration. Remember Jethro’s advice to Moses some time earlier in Exodus? “Appoint leaders of 10’s, 50’s, 100’s and 1,000’s.” I’m sure this advice came in handy at this particular time!
The funny thing to me is, God already knew how many people there were. He knew each one by name and their tribe. He could have simply told Moses, but instead, had them do this exercise…
Matthew 10:30, “And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” God is very detailed… and yet he is very big picture at the same time…
I am learning so much as I read through Acts about how Peter and Paul shared the message of the good news about Jesus… How Paul spoke in Athens, versus how he spoke to Felix and others. How they conducted themselves while in jail… how they related to one another. How they lived life.