“Take a census of all the congregation of the children of Israel, by their families, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of names, every male individually, 3 from twenty years old and above—all who are able to go to war in Israel. You and Aaron shall number them by their armies.
I wonder what Moses thought, as the Lord tells him to number the people according to those males who were able to go to war. It must have been a sobering thing to have heard. War is a horrible fact of life this side of heaven, due to the hatred in man’s heart. It is my understanding that in the history of mankind, some 4,000 years, there has only been 200 to 300 years is peace, years where there has not been war going on.
“Only the tribe of Levi you shall not number, nor take a census of them among the children of Israel;
Remember that there were generally twelve tribes of Israel (formerly Jacob) originating with his sons. Keep in mind throughout the study of the Old Testament how the twelve are established. Generally, Joseph and Levi are not included, leaving ten, with Joseph’s sons (Israel’s grandsons) Ephraim and Manasseh making up the remaining two.
“Everyone of the children of Israel shall camp by his own standard, beside the emblems of his father’s house; they shall camp some distance from the tabernacle of meeting.
Each of the tribes was identified by a banner or family crest if you will.
These are the ones who were numbered of the children of Israel by their fathers’ houses. All who were numbered according to their armies of the forces were six hundred and three thousand five hundred and fifty.
It is by these early chapters that we come to understand why the book is called Numbers.
Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, 15 and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons:
Notice the order of the things the apostles would do; first they were to be with Jesus, then after spending time with Him, they we to preach the words of Jesus, followed by healings and deliverances. All too often we get this backwards today. We look for miracles and ignore the preaching of the word and sadly we often times do all of this without never having spent time with Jesus. We must take to heart the divine order we see here in our text.
If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
This is one of those great spiritual truths regarding our own households. We cannot expect to endure the storms of this life, if we are divided in how we trust and follow the spiritual truths of God. It is of utmost importance that we strive for biblical unity in our homes. It is the glue which holds families together and fosters spiritual health.
28 “ Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; 29 but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation”—
Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is the only sin that is unforgivable. Why? Because the role of the Holy Spirit it to lead people to Jesus. When a person rejects the Holy Spirit, they are rejecting Jesus and thereby condemning themselves. It is as simple as that.