Who Are We and How Will We Survive? Numbers 1 - 10. 400 sermons Something different Numbers? “The Ants G o M arching Two By Two” Main themes in Numbers. Numbers 1
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“The Ants Go Marching Two By Two”
Main themes in Numbers
The Lord spoke to Moses in the Tent of Meeting in the Desert of Sinai on the first day of the second month of the second year after the Israelites came out of Egypt. He said:
2 “Take a census of the whole Israelite community by their clans and families, listing every man by name, one by one. 3 You and Aaron are to number by their divisions all the men in Israel twenty years old or more who are able to serve in the army.
How strong are we?
How old and how young?
How weak and how strong?
Are we growing or dying?
They have certain skills
But they had not ruled themselves for 400 years
They need to know a few things
The Lord said to Moses and Aaron: 2 “The Israelites are to camp around the Tent of Meeting some distance from it, each man under his standard with the banners of his family.”
4 His division numbers 74,600.
5 The tribe of Issachar will camp next to them.
7 The tribe of Zebulun will be next
10 On the south will be the divisions of the camp of Reuben…
Creating an orderly division of labor
5 The Lord said to Moses, 6 “Bring the tribe of Levi and present them to Aaron the priest to assist him. 7 They are to perform duties for him and for the whole community at the Tent of Meeting by doing the work of the tabernacle.
8 They are to take care of all the furnishings of the Tent of Meeting, fulfilling the obligations of the Israelites by doing the work of the tabernacle. 9 Give the Levites to Aaron and his sons; they are the Israelites who are to be given wholly to him. 10 Appoint Aaron and his sons to serve as priests; anyone else who approaches the sanctuary must be put to death.”
Reverence for holy things and places
The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Command the Israelites to send away from the camp anyone who has an infectious skin disease or a discharge of any kind, or who is ceremonially unclean because of a dead body. 3 Send away male and female alike; send them outside the camp so they will not defile their camp, where I dwell among them.”
Protecting people from disease
Rules for restitution
And lots of rules about proper worship
The Lord spoke to Moses in the Desert of Sinai in the first month of the second year after they came out of Egypt. He said, 2 “Have the Israelites celebrate the Passover at the appointed time.
3 Celebrate it at the appointed time, at twilight on the fourteenth day of this month, in accordance with all its rules and regulations.”
Teaching the importance of celebration
Asking the Hebrews to celebrate their identity in God
“Remember who saved you”
The Lord said to Moses: 2 “Make two trumpets of hammered silver, and use them for calling the community together and for having the camps set out. 3 When both are sounded, the whole community is to assemble before you at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting.
This was their phone
A simple way to gather for planning
For decision making
An efficient way to communicate quickly
Duties are delegated
Health care promoted
Cultural identity in God celebrated
Because this group of slaves needs to learn to how to organize themselves
How to plan and know how to plan
How to orderly and logically prepare for their future
“there is nothing interesting to be learned in this book”
The name in Hebrew is…
“In the desert”
Learn who they are
Know their resources
Organize (while you are still in the desert)
Plan the exploration
Plan the journey to the promised land
Plan how they land would settled
Celebrate – while in the desert
Be orderly… while in the desert
If you are wandering in the dessert…
Begin to plan for your future
Know who you are
Know your resources
Begin to organize (while in the desert)
Make plans, hope, dream…
Be orderly… while you are still in the desert
We have to be ready
Prepare to step in