Words: Able to go to War
It’s interesting how God numbered the people of Israel when they came out of Egypt. Moses grew up in Egypt, but left Egypt when he killed an Egyptian (Ex. 2:14-15). After 40 years in Midian, the Lord provided him desert training to harden him to the great challenge of leading Israel out of Egypt. How many came out of Egypt? According to Scripture, there were some 2.5 million people. We calculate that according to the number of warriors counted in Numbers 1:46. The number is 603,550 men and then you’d have to add in the women and children.
It’s interesting how the Lord commands Moses to number the people. In Numbers 1:1-2, it reads,
Now the LORD spoke to Moses in the Wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle of meeting, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt, saying:
2“Take a census of all the congregation of the children of Israel, by their families, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of names, every male individually,
3 “from twenty years old and above– all who are able to go to war in Israel. You and Aaron shall number them by their armies. (Num. 1:1-3)
The Lord said to number those who were “20 years old and above – all who are able to go to war.” The Lord knew what it was going to take going into the new land – warriors. Life is not about tip toeing through the tulips. God gave Moses the physical reality that the men needed to be ready. Unfortunately, they failed the test, when they became afraid about the “giants in the land.” (Num. 13:30-33).
Are you ready to fight in the spiritual warfare for the Lord? Paul states it very clear that life is about warfare,
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age1, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Eph 6:10-12)
If the devil can get you to think you are not at war, he’ll neutralize you and let you cower in fear every day. You will be neutralized and too afraid to share the gospel with your neighbors or disciple your children diligently to Jesus Christ.
May you be numbered with the warriors of the Lord!