Babies and Children 10

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Babies and Children – Day 10

Numbers 26:59

The name of Amram’s wife was Jochebed, a descendant of Levi, who was born to the Levites in Egypt. To Amram she bore Aaron, Moses and their sister Miriam.

The Thought

This is a detail from the second census of the travelling Israelites. The first census which had occurred a couple of years after the escape from Egypt was to know how many fighting men were in each tribe. That chapter continues with many numbers describing how many babies had been born in each of the tribes (Numbers 1:20-42). It can be quite boring to read, but it is encouraging to remember that God knew every baby, and He had prepared enough boys to make a huge army when necessary.

That spiritual situation is still the same today. God knows every baby born, and has a plan for each of their lives. Numbers 2:1 tells us that God also planned that each tribe stay together in its own group with their tribal banner at the side of their own camp. That banner would be leading the way when they were on the move. (He is a God of order not of chaos and confusion!)

The second census was taken after the serious sin of much of Israel in turning to Baal of Peor (Numbers 25:3). This happened because of the seduction of these men by Moabite women.


Read Numbers 25 today, and think about God’s reaction. What if He repeated that action to some of His people in our day! How many people in our churches might die? How many people in your local town? Pray for people to recognise sin.

Remember the 4th commandment that we looked at on Day 8.

I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments (Exodus 20:4-6).

There is no fear of God before their eyes. In their own eyes they flatter themselves too much to detect or hate their sin (Psalm 36:1-2).

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