King James Bible Study – [And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. – Mark 8:34]
Date: Friday, February 23, 2024
Chapters: Numbers Chapters 1-2
Message: Chosen To Be A Soldier
Hello My Friend,
The title that came up at the beginning of the first chapter for today is, “A Census of Israel’s Warriors”, that got me thinking of being a soldier of Christ. We who are saved and born again are numbered too, and while that number is quite small in comparison to the amount of people in the world, we all know that God does His greatest work with the smallest numbers. A you ready to be enlisted as a soldier? [2 Timothy 2:3-4 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.]
The Book of Numbers contains thirty-six chapters, the author is Moses and it was written to the children of Israel. The timeline for these events took place approximately 1490-1451BC. The purpose of the book was to record the next thirty-eight years, which was a total of forty, as a result of their disbelief in God. What we are to learn from the book is that God does not accept anything less than a total faith in Him in order to reach the promised land, [Numbers 30:2 If a man vow a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.]
As we begin the reading of Numbers, it had been two years and one month since God brought the Israelites out of Egypt. Now, God, ordered the first census among the males over the age of twenty, He was going to establish an army of able bodied men who were ready to fight for their God and country.
[Numbers 1:1-4 And the LORD spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle of the congregation, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying, 2 Take ye the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, after their families, by the house of their fathers, with the number of their names, every male by their polls; 3 From twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel: thou and Aaron shall number them by their armies. 4 And with you there shall be a man of every tribe; every one head of the house of his fathers.]
[all that are able to go forth to war in Israel:] God, was preparing them to cross over into the promise land, He wanted them not only ready to fight, but willing to fight because once they got over there they were going to take the land from the Canaanites. We really do need to be prepared for a war, and I am not talking about an actual war, although that is coming as well, we need to be prepared for a spiritual war because Satan is getting his army together and is just waiting for the right move before he attacks, [Revelation 20:7-8 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.]
This sum consisted of every male who was able to go to war and was divided up according to each tribe (son). It did not matter if they had some infirmity, if they were able to fight, then they were counted as a soldier. Now, once we become a soldier we are numbered and given a purpose, some will be pastors, missionaries, and teachers for Christ, they will endure a great deal of hardness like any soldier that goes to war. The majority of soldiers will assemble together in our congregations, doing whatever it is that God places on their heart, some of God’s greatest warriors are those who pray.
[Numbers 1:16-19 These were the renowned of the congregation, princes of the tribes of their fathers, heads of thousands in Israel. 17 And Moses and Aaron took these men which are expressed by their names: 18 And they assembled all the congregation together on the first day of the second month, and they declared their pedigrees after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, by their polls. 19 As the LORD commanded Moses, so he numbered them in the wilderness of Sinai.]
[they declared their pedigrees after their families,] A pedigree is not just a thoroughbred of an animal, it is a genealogical table on ancestral descent. In other words, it is a family tree or vine that can be traced back to ones ancestors. If we actually took the time to learn of all our ancestors we can trace our lineage back to one of Noah’s sons and even back to Adam and Eve. Did you know that those who accept Christ as their Saviour can be traced back to Jesus? Yes, Jesus, is the Vine upon which His every believer branches off of, just like a tree, sometimes He is called the Branch, but those who accept Him become one with Him, [John 15:5-6 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.]
Each of the tribes were led by a man of honor, and also acknowledged for their abilities. God, recognizes each and every soldier that He numbers with great honor, but it was actually eleven tribes that were numbered out of the twelve. Joseph’s son, Ephraim and Manasseh were counted separately, making up twelve tribes. A total of six hundred thousand three hundred and fifty men were counted, that is one about one third of the people.
[Numbers 1:45-50 So were all those that were numbered of the children of Israel, by the house of their fathers, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war in Israel; 46 Even all they that were numbered were six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty. 47 But the Levites after the tribe of their fathers were not numbered among them. 48 For the LORD had spoken unto Moses, saying, 49 Only thou shalt not number the tribe of Levi, neither take the sum of them among the children of Israel: 50 But thou shalt appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony, and over all the vessels thereof, and over all things that belong to it: they shall bear the tabernacle, and all the vessels thereof; and they shall minister unto it, and shall encamp round about the tabernacle.]
[But thou shalt appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony,] While the Levites were not numbered among the tribes, they were just as much a part of the congregation. Their sole purpose was for the service of the Tabernacle, it was actually God’s intention to make all believers priests, but after the debacle with the golden calf, and the Levites being the first tribe to take God’s side, He chose them solely for His ministry until Jesus would ascend, [Exodus 32:26 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD’S side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.]
[and shall encamp round about the tabernacle.] So, the Levites and Tabernacle would be in the center of the population while the other tribes would encircle them. Jesus, needs to be at the center of all that we do, especially if we are going to be soldiers. Just like every solider has their orders on where to stand, God, goes on to tell Moses and Aaron that the tribes will pitch their tents according to their rank, three tribes being grouped together. The first group would be Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun.
[Numbers 2:2-3,5,7 Every man of the children of Israel shall pitch by his own standard, with the ensign of their father’s house: far off about the tabernacle of the congregation shall they pitch. 3 And on the east side toward the rising of the sun shall they of the standard of the camp of Judah pitch throughout their armies: and Nahshon the son of Amminadab shall be captain of the children of Judah. 5 And those that do pitch next unto him shall be the tribe of Issachar: and Nethaneel the son of Zuar shall be captain of the children of Issachar. 7 Then the tribe of Zebulun: and Eliab the son of Helon shall be captain of the children of Zebulun.]
[far off about the tabernacle of the congregation shall they pitch.] They were not to be directly in front of the Tabernacle, but were able to see it in its entirety wherever they went. This was a reminder that God was in the midst of them and even those who ranked near the end were a part of the army. The last three tribes to rank were Dan, Asher, and Naphtali.
[Numbers 2:17,25,27,29,31,34 Then the tabernacle of the congregation shall set forward with the camp of the Levites in the midst of the camp: as they encamp, so shall they set forward, every man in his place by their standards. 25 The standard of the camp of Dan shall be on the north side by their armies: and the captain of the children of Dan shall be Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai. 27 And those that encamp by him shall be the tribe of Asher: and the captain of the children of Asher shall be Pagiel the son of Ocran. 29 Then the tribe of Naphtali: and the captain of the children of Naphtali shall be Ahira the son of Enan. 31 All they that were numbered in the camp of Dan were an hundred thousand and fifty and seven thousand and six hundred. They shall go hindmost with their standards. 34 And the children of Israel did according to all that the LORD commanded Moses: so they pitched by their standards, and so they set forward, every one after their families, according to the house of their fathers.]
[They shall go hindmost with their standards.] This is a reminder that no soldier gets left behind. It does not matter how big or small our rank is, we are all important and not one soul who receives Christ will be left behind, [John 10:14-16 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. 15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.]
Jesus Christ Revealed/Magnified: [Numbers 1:19 As the LORD commanded Moses, so he numbered them in the wilderness of Sinai.]
Today’s Prayer: God, Thank You for giving us a way to not only be saved from hell, but born again with Your Spirit to receive eternal life. Not by our own works or genealogy are we one of Yours, but by our faith and acceptance of Your Son alone. It is amazing that You chose us, and even more amazing that You continue to use us either as soldiers or ministers, to show the world that You are a merciful, gracious, and loving God who wants to save them. Lord, Your commands are not grievous, in fact, they are what keep us from suffering more than we have to. Lead me and guide me, keep teaching me Your ways, never let me stop learning, and give me Your power, mercy, and grace to serve You in whatever purpose You have for me until Your bring me home. I ask these things in Your name, Jesus. Amen.
God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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