Sunday, July 13, 2014

Numbers 26

Today's reading in our daily plan is Numbers 26. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • A census of those who were available to fight for Israel had been taken 38 years earlier. Just about all of the men counted in that census had died, and a new generation was now available.
  • Interestingly, the total number of men of fighting age is almost exactly the same as it had been 38 years before. It was 603,550 then, and 601,730 this time.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • This is, after all, a book called "Numbers" so you had to expect some counting.
  • One thing that sticks out in this list is that the census leads people to remember what some of the people who had died had become known for. For instance, "The same Dathan and Abiram were the community officials who rebelled against Moses and Aaron and were among Korah's followers when they rebelled against the Lord" (verse 9) and "But Nadab and Abihu died when they made an offering before the LORD with unauthorized fire" (verse 61).

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Think about your life. When you are dead and gone (you do know that's going to happen, right?), what will you be remembered for? What is the theme of your life? Are you serving God and making a difference in people's lives enough that you will be remembered? Or will you perhaps be remembered for something negative -- like your selfishness, or anger?
  • What do you need to do to live the kind of life that will have you leave the kind of legacy you want to leave?