“Sometimes I think managing people is like herding cats.” – Unknown
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell
The beginning of Numbers is really a blessed time in Israel. They are still in process of receiving instruction from God, and are actively obeying what God has told them to do. In verse one of chapter one we see the vivid picture of Moses meeting with God IN the tabernacle, as opposed to outside it (as it was in Leviticus). They have received instruction, and now know how to live holy, consecrated, and separated unto God. By chapter eleven, they will have begun to mess it all up, but for now, at Sinai, they are walking with God.
God gives Moses instruction to number the males from age twenty and up (where we get the book’s name Numbers from). If you are not careful you can read right over these first two chapters, and miss how large of an undertaking this truly was! With that in mind, you can overlook how amazing all the feats of this nation were if you forget the sheer size of Israel. In this numbering, we understand that the total number of man from age 20 and up (still able to go to war) was 603,550! If you go by today’s standard of 1.93 children per family, you would end up with a population of 2,371,951! Of course this is assuming that all the men are married and have at least 1.93 children, but I believe this is a conservative number. No doubt there were more children per capita, and we are not even counting the aged men. To put this into perspective the population of the town I live in (Kaufman, TX) has 7,322 people in it. I couldn’t in my wildest dreams think of trying to get all the citizens of Kaufman to do something unified and organized! Here is a mind blower, the population of Dallas is 1.4 million… still not as many as Israel. The population of Kansas is 2.9 million, Oklahoma is 3.9 million, Arkansas is 3 million, and Montana is 1 million! We could list other states, but the point I am trying to make is that Israel was the population size of some US states! This sure changes your perception of the Red Sea crossing doesn’t it! You will never look at the water from the rock the same way again! This was a ton of people, and any undertaking was a massive task.
To lead this massive nation, God placed a simple speech impaired man named Moses. God used him over and over again to lead this nation, which was often stiff-necked and rebellious. It makes me humbled and encouraged that God really can use anyone. If he can take Moses and enable him for this huge task, He can take care of my insufficiencies.
Today, submit yourself to God and trust that He can accomplish whatever He wants in and through your life. You may feel inadequate, but with God all things are possible. Whether you abound or are abase God said you can do all things through Christ which strengthenth you.
Daily Scripture Reading
Numbers 1 - 2
“And the children of Israel did according to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so did they. “