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Who are we and how will we survive numbers 1 10
Who Are We and How Will We Survive?Numbers 1 - 10

400 sermons

Something different

Numbers?

“The Ants Go Marching Two By Two”

Main themes in Numbers


Who are we and how will we survive numbers 1 10

Numbers 1

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:


Who are we and how will we survive numbers 1 10

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.


Who are we and how will we survive numbers 1 10

Who are we?

How strong are we?

How old and how young?

How weak and how strong?

Are we growing or dying?


Who are we and how will we survive numbers 1 10

The Hebrew people started as slaves

They have certain skills

But they had not ruled themselves for 400 years

They need to know a few things


Who are we and how will we survive numbers 1 10

Numbers 2

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.”


Who are we and how will we survive numbers 1 10

3 On the east, toward the sunrise, the divisions of the camp of Judah…

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…


Who are we and how will we survive numbers 1 10

Part of this process is teaching the people of Israel to be orderly

Teaching responsibility

Creating an orderly division of labor

Orderly movement


Who are we and how will we survive numbers 1 10

Numbers 3 orderly

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.


Who are we and how will we survive numbers 1 10

8 orderlyThey 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.”


Who are we and how will we survive numbers 1 10

Strict rules about work and worship are implemented and enforced

Orderly assignments

Orderly service

Reverence for holy things and places


Who are we and how will we survive numbers 1 10

Numbers 5 enforced

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.”


Who are we and how will we survive numbers 1 10

Dealing with illness enforced

Protecting people from disease

Healthcare

Also…

Rules for restitution

And lots of rules about proper worship


Who are we and how will we survive numbers 1 10

Numbers 9 enforced

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.


Who are we and how will we survive numbers 1 10

3 enforcedCelebrate it at the appointed time, at twilight on the fourteenth day of this month, in accordance with all its rules and regulations.”


Who are we and how will we survive numbers 1 10

Teaching the importance of history and culture enforced

Teaching the importance of celebration

Asking the Hebrews to celebrate their identity in God

“Remember who saved you”


Who are we and how will we survive numbers 1 10

Numbers 10 enforced

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.


Who are we and how will we survive numbers 1 10

Technology for communication enforced

This was their phone

A simple way to gather for planning

For decision making

An efficient way to communicate quickly


Who are we and how will we survive numbers 1 10

Census enforced

Army

Duties are delegated

Health care promoted

Cultural identity in God celebrated

Worship standardized


Who are we and how will we survive numbers 1 10

These first ten chapters so important… enforced

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


Who are we and how will we survive numbers 1 10

The title “Numbers” leads us to think… enforced

“there is nothing interesting to be learned in this book”

The name in Hebrew is…

“In the desert”


Who are we and how will we survive numbers 1 10

While in the desert they need to… enforced

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


Who are we and how will we survive numbers 1 10

How does this apply for to us today? enforced

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…

Celebrate

Be orderly… while you are still in the desert


Who are we and how will we survive numbers 1 10

When we have the opportunity to enter the “promised land”

We have to be ready

Organized

Packed

Prepare to step in