Updated: Jan 26, 2021
Into their second year out of Egypt, Moses counted 603,550 men able to go to war (1:46). Israel was to put her trust in God, that he would keep his promises, but they would not be passive, simply waiting for deliverance to come; they must fight when necessary. They must not only trust God, they must also obey him. Moses arranged the people in groups, gave instructions for the march through the wilderness, and prepared the sons of Aaron, the Levites, the priests, for their responsibilities. Also, there were additional instructions regarding the treatment of leprosy, confession of sin and restitution, and unfaithfulness. There was the setting aside of the Nazirities with their special vows of dedication and the leaders bringing their offerings before the Lord.
So much going on, here, before the people set out. I am reminded that our endeavors for the Lord need always to be well thought out, carried to the Lord in prayer, and consistent with his instructions to us. In short, we are to be faithful. Can’t help but think of Jesus’ words regarding the faithful servant: “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions” (Mathew. 24:45-47) & regarding the one who faithfully handled his five talents: “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master’” (Matthew 25:20,21).
When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.