Sent: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 3:18 PM
Subject: Chatting about numbers this morning

Hi all

Chatting about numbers again this morning, and Davidís counting of Israel , there is something about being able to count, figure out a sum, that is uniquely human.

Animals make their decisions by instinct, itís we humans who can sit down and ďfigure things outĒ.

And thatís great, itíd be a bad parent who stopped their children from gaining knowledge of maths.

But when it comes to the Lord , we have those two scriptures in both the Old and New Testaments

1. Truly you are a God that hides yourself (keeps yourself secret), O God of Israel, the Saviour. (Isaiah 45:15)

2. And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. (John 1:5)

indicating that we need to tread carefully when it comes to Godís numbers e.g. to be numbering Godís people.

Thus it was right for Moses to number the people, because he was following Godís instructions, and it was also done carefully, humbly, each person bringing an offering so that no plague would devastate them.

Numbers 1:1 And the LORD spoke to 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, ďTake the sum of all the assembly 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; From twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel: you and Aaron shall number them by their armies.ď

Click here for further information about that first census

Done the right way, itís great, done the wrong way, i.e. done presumptuously or proudly, done because you were the king, and wanted to know how big of a king you were, or for whatever reason, yes, brought on the plague,

2nd Samuel 24:10 And David's heart struck him after he had numbered the people. And David said to the LORD, I have sinned greatly in that I have done: and now, I beseech you, O LORD, take away the fault of your servant; for I have done very foolishly.

That word foolishly is actually first used in Genesis when Jacob races off with his family without giving Laban opportunity to kiss his daughters or grandchildren goodbye. In other words, itís being pretty presumptuous or uncaring of somebody elseís feelings.

But once it was done, it couldnít be undone.

And David couldnít undo the knowledge either once heíd got it.

Interesting Steve

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