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February 22, 2007

Numbers 26-27
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Numbers
Chapter 26
  1. And it came to pass after the plague, that the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, saying,
  2. Take the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, from twenty years old and upward, throughout their fathers' house, all that are able to go to war in Israel.
  3. And Moses and Eleazar the priest spake with them in the plains of Moab by Jordan near Jericho, saying,
  4. Take the sum of the people, from twenty years old and upward; as the LORD commanded Moses and the children of Israel, which went forth out of the land of Egypt.
  5. Reuben, the eldest son of Israel: the children of Reuben; Hanoch, of whom cometh the family of the Hanochites: of Pallu, the family of the Palluites:
  6. Of Hezron, the family of the Hezronites: of Carmi, the family of the Carmites.
  7. These are the families of the Reubenites: and they that were numbered of them were forty and three thousand and seven hundred and thirty.
  8. And the sons of Pallu; Eliab.
  9. And the sons of Eliab; Nemuel, and Dathan, and Abiram. This is that Dathan and Abiram, which were famous in the congregation, who strove against Moses and against Aaron in the company of Korah, when they strove against the LORD:
  10. And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up together with Korah, when that company died, what time the fire devoured two hundred and fifty men: and they became a sign.
  11. Notwithstanding the children of Korah died not.
  12. The sons of Simeon after their families: of Nemuel, the family of the Nemuelites: of Jamin, the family of the Jaminites: of Jachin, the family of the Jachinites:
  13. Of Zerah, the family of the Zarhites: of Shaul, the family of the Shaulites.
  14. These are the families of the Simeonites, twenty and two thousand and two hundred.
  15. The children of Gad after their families: of Zephon, the family of the Zephonites: of Haggi, the family of the Haggites: of Shuni, the family of the Shunites:
  16. Of Ozni, the family of the Oznites: of Eri, the family of the Erites:
  17. Of Arod, the family of the Arodites: of Areli, the family of the Arelites.
  18. These are the families of the children of Gad according to those that were numbered of them, forty thousand and five hundred.
  19. The sons of Judah were Er and Onan: and Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan.
  20. And the sons of Judah after their families were; of Shelah, the family of the Shelanites: of Pharez, the family of the Pharzites: of Zerah, the family of the Zarhites.
  21. And the sons of Pharez were; of Hezron, the family of the Hezronites: of Hamul, the family of the Hamulites.
  22. These are the families of Judah according to those that were numbered of them, threescore and sixteen thousand and five hundred.
  23. Of the sons of Issachar after their families: of Tola, the family of the Tolaites: of Pua, the family of the Punites:
  24. Of Jashub, the family of the Jashubites: of Shimron, the family of the Shimronites.
  25. These are the families of Issachar according to those that were numbered of them, threescore and four thousand and three hundred.
  26. Of the sons of Zebulun after their families: of Sered, the family of the Sardites: of Elon, the family of the Elonites: of Jahleel, the family of the Jahleelites.
  27. These are the families of the Zebulunites according to those that were numbered of them, threescore thousand and five hundred.
  28. The sons of Joseph after their families were Manasseh and Ephraim.
  29. Of the sons of Manasseh: of Machir, the family of the Machirites: and Machir begat Gilead: of Gilead come the family of the Gileadites.
  30. These are the sons of Gilead: of Jeezer, the family of the Jeezerites: of Helek, the family of the Helekites:
  31. And of Asriel, the family of the Asrielites: and of Shechem, the family of the Shechemites:
  32. And of Shemida, the family of the Shemidaites: and of Hepher, the family of the Hepherites.
  33. And Zelophehad the son of Hepher had no sons, but daughters: and the names of the daughters of Zelophehad were Mahlah, and Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.
  34. These are the families of Manasseh, and those that were numbered of them, fifty and two thousand and seven hundred.
  35. These are the sons of Ephraim after their families: of Shuthelah, the family of the Shuthalhites: of Becher, the family of the Bachrites: of Tahan, the family of the Tahanites.
  36. And these are the sons of Shuthelah: of Eran, the family of the Eranites.
  37. These are the families of the sons of Ephraim according to those that were numbered of them, thirty and two thousand and five hundred. These are the sons of Joseph after their families.
  38. The sons of Benjamin after their families: of Bela, the family of the Belaites: of Ashbel, the family of the Ashbelites: of Ahiram, the family of the Ahiramites:
  39. Of Shupham, the family of the Shuphamites: of Hupham, the family of the Huphamites.
  40. And the sons of Bela were Ard and Naaman: of Ard, the family of the Ardites: and of Naaman, the family of the Naamites.
  41. These are the sons of Benjamin after their families: and they that were numbered of them were forty and five thousand and six hundred.
  42. These are the sons of Dan after their families: of Shuham, the family of the Shuhamites. These are the families of Dan after their families.
  43. All the families of the Shuhamites, according to those that were numbered of them, were threescore and four thousand and four hundred.
  44. Of the children of Asher after their families: of Jimna, the family of the Jimnites: of Jesui, the family of the Jesuites: of Beriah, the family of the Beriites.
  45. Of the sons of Beriah: of Heber, the family of the Heberites: of Malchiel, the family of the Malchielites.
  46. And the name of the daughter of Asher was Sarah.
  47. These are the families of the sons of Asher according to those that were numbered of them; who were fifty and three thousand and four hundred.
  48. Of the sons of Naphtali after their families: of Jahzeel, the family of the Jahzeelites: of Guni, the family of the Gunites:
  49. Of Jezer, the family of the Jezerites: of Shillem, the family of the Shillemites.
  50. These are the families of Naphtali according to their families: and they that were numbered of them were forty and five thousand and four hundred.
  51. These were the numbered of the children of Israel, six hundred thousand and a thousand seven hundred and thirty.
  52. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
  53. Unto these the land shall be divided for an inheritance according to the number of names.
  54. To many thou shalt give the more inheritance, and to few thou shalt give the less inheritance: to every one shall his inheritance be given according to those that were numbered of him.
  55. Notwithstanding the land shall be divided by lot: according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit.
  56. According to the lot shall the possession thereof be divided between many and few.
  57. And these are they that were numbered of the Levites after their families: of Gershon, the family of the Gershonites: of Kohath, the family of the Kohathites: of Merari, the family of the Merarites.
  58. These are the families of the Levites: the family of the Libnites, the family of the Hebronites, the family of the Mahlites, the family of the Mushites, the family of the Korathites. And Kohath begat Amram.
  59. And the name of Amram's wife was Jochebed, the daughter of Levi, whom her mother bare to Levi in Egypt: and she bare unto Amram Aaron and Moses, and Miriam their sister.
  60. And unto Aaron was born Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
  61. And Nadab and Abihu died, when they offered strange fire before the LORD.
  62. And those that were numbered of them were twenty and three thousand, all males from a month old and upward: for they were not numbered among the children of Israel, because there was no inheritance given them among the children of Israel.
  63. These are they that were numbered by Moses and Eleazar the priest, who numbered the children of Israel in the plains of Moab by Jordan near Jericho.
  64. But among these there was not a man of them whom Moses and Aaron the priest numbered, when they numbered the children of Israel in the wilderness of Sinai.
  65. For the LORD had said of them, They shall surely die in the wilderness. And there was not left a man of them, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.


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Numbers
Chapter 27
  1. Then came the daughters of Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of Manasseh the son of Joseph: and these are the names of his daughters; Mahlah, Noah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Tirzah.
  2. And they stood before Moses, and before Eleazar the priest, and before the princes and all the congregation, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying,
  3. Our father died in the wilderness, and he was not in the company of them that gathered themselves together against the LORD in the company of Korah; but died in his own sin, and had no sons.
  4. Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family, because he hath no son? Give unto us therefore a possession among the brethren of our father.
  5. And Moses brought their cause before the LORD.
  6. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
  7. The daughters of Zelophehad speak right: thou shalt surely give them a possession of an inheritance among their father's brethren; and thou shalt cause the inheritance of their father to pass unto them.
  8. And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a man die, and have no son, then ye shall cause his inheritance to pass unto his daughter.
  9. And if he have no daughter, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his brethren.
  10. And if he have no brethren, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his father's brethren.
  11. And if his father have no brethren, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his kinsman that is next to him of his family, and he shall possess it: and it shall be unto the children of Israel a statute of judgment, as the LORD commanded Moses.
  12. And the LORD said unto Moses, Get thee up into this mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given unto the children of Israel.
  13. And when thou hast seen it, thou also shalt be gathered unto thy people, as Aaron thy brother was gathered.
  14. For ye rebelled against my commandment in the desert of Zin, in the strife of the congregation, to sanctify me at the water before their eyes: that is the water of Meribah in Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.
  15. And Moses spake unto the LORD, saying,
  16. Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,
  17. Which may go out before them, and which may go in before them, and which may lead them out, and which may bring them in; that the congregation of the LORD be not as sheep which have no shepherd.
  18. And the LORD said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him;
  19. And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight.
  20. And thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient.
  21. And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask counsel for him after the judgment of Urim before the LORD: at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he, and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation.
  22. And Moses did as the LORD commanded him: and he took Joshua, and set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation:
  23. And he laid his hands upon him, and gave him a charge, as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses.


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 As the book of Numbers begins to draw to a close, the ministry of Moses is beginning to wind down as well. God reminds him that he will not be entering into the Promised Land because of his sin in striking the rock in Numbers 20. He does, however, give Moses permission to go up onto the top of Mt. Abarim so that he can see with his own eyes the greatness of the land that he has led Israel to. Before Moses goes up the mountain, he has a special request of the Lord. We might think that it would be for clemency, or for a second chance. It might be for God to once again soundly punish the Israelites for their rebellious behavior which ultimately drove him over the edge and motivated him to disobey the Lord. However, his request is not in the least bit selfish. His request is that God would make sure to have someone ready to lead the people once Moses was gone.

 One of the great character traits of Moses is his concern for those that he was called to lead. They disappointed and frustrated him, and abused him verbally in their rebellion against the Lord. Yet over and over he appeals to God to be merciful to them, and to continue to bless them. Those of us in leadership could learn a lesson here. How often do those over whom we have been given authority reject us, ignore us, or even mistreat us. Many a pastor has resigned from his pastorate because of the great apathy and/or animosity that he has developed towards his congregation after repeated episodes of church gossip, criticism, and upheaval. In his disgust, he not only leaves the place where God wants him to be, but he also leaves the people, who obviously still need spiritual leadership, without a shepherd. He suffers, and so do the people that he pledged to help, guide, and love. May we who have been called to lead others never surrender the great responsibilities that we have been given. Whether from the pulpit, or in the classroom, or around the kitchen table, may we always look to the needs of those whom we serve as being more important than our own "needs" for comfort, encouragement, and popularity.

 It should be noted here that it is God's plan for His children to have leaders in various aspects of their lives.. While both the husband and wife may be equal before God, it is His choice that the husband is to lead the home. Children are of great value to our Lord, but it His decision that their parents are to lead them. All saved church members are gifted by God, but it is His program that pastors take the oversight of the congregation. Man's sinful nature may desire to be left alone to go and do as he pleases, but this is not God's plan. The Lord has established a chain of authority, and it is not only correct, but it is also wise, to maintain it and put oneself under it.

Pastor Dr. Mark J Montgomery

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