PREPARE TO MARCH ORDER

God now tells Moses to measure the nation.  There is a time when God wants us to measure
our readiness for war.  I find my life
gaining strength now, and blessings returning after a long ordeal.  Like Israel, I am being strengthened for
more challenges ahead.  I am seeing a
ministry forming now as well.  I have
identified activities that people are willing to explore in groups.  At one time I have formed a group to offer outdoor
bible studies and fitness to the community.
Another group on Facebook offers a career adventure in aerospace
industries.  We can tour the bible from
Genesis to Revelation in this.

Offering to serve that which the world needs (the Word of
God)
is a step of faith.  This bible
study is a step in that direction for me.
We can share that faith by being a good example, without being
“preachy”.  Offering to small groups
keeps the cost low, and the opportunity within reach.  This represents the outreach, an opportunity
to go on the offensive.  The unrepentant world
may be offended in fact.  We simply offer
the words of Jesus without force, so those few who are his sheep will know their masters voice.  You can offer services in your own church
community.  Perhaps you can get friends
to try hands on bible study in new surroundings like hiking or camping.  A retreat to a rented cabin can provide
campfire bible studies and skits.  Even a
picnic can glimpse the spirit of the feast of Tabernacles.

If the church has nurtured our faith, we can be a light to
the world.  We will be ready to war
against the spirits without engaging in battle against people.  When God has shown us his “basic training” of
faith we will be sent into battle.  Moses
now counts the armies by their family divisions.

And the LORD spake unto 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,  Take ye the sum of
all the congregation 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: thou and Aaron shall number
them by their armies.  And with you there
shall be a man of every tribe; every
one head of the house of his fathers.  Numbers 1:1-4

God ordered this census and made Moses learn how large the
nation has become.  But it is a count of
warriors, not just the general population.
They are being prepared for battle.
God makes orders for who will be in leadership; he ordains leadership.

And these are the names of the
men that shall stand with you: of the tribe of Reuben; Elizur the son of
Shedeur.  Of Simeon; Shelumiel the son of
Zurishaddai.  Of Judah; Nahshon the son of
Amminadab.  Of Issachar; Nethaneel the
son of Zuar.  Of Zebulun; Eliab the son
of Helon.  Of the children of Joseph: of
Ephraim; Elishama the son of Ammihud: of Manasseh; Gamaliel the son of
Pedahzur.  Of Benjamin; Abidan the son of
Gideoni.  Of Dan; Ahiezer the son of
Ammishaddai.  Of Asher; Pagiel the son of
Ocran.  Of Gad; Eliasaph the son of
Deuel.  Of Naphtali; Ahira the son of
Enan.  These
were the renowned of the congregation, princes of the

tribes of their fathers, heads
of thousands in Israel.  And Moses
and Aaron took these men which are expressed by their names:  And they assembled all the congregation together
on the first day of the second month, and they declared their pedigrees after
their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the
names, from twenty years old and upward, by their polls.  As the LORD commanded Moses, so he numbered
them in the wilderness of Sinai. 

Numbers 1:5-19

The numbers of the tribes are impressive, but they will not
all make the journey ahead of them.  God
is not impressed by numbers, but he will make a point in this.  These are the armies that began the march
fromEgypt:

And the children of Reuben, Israel’s eldest son, by their
generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to
the number of the names, by their polls, every male from twenty years old and
upward, all that were able to go forth to war;
Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Reuben, were
forty and six thousand and five hundred.

 

Of the children of Simeon, by their generations, after
their families, by the house of their fathers, those that were numbered of
them, according to the number of the names, by their polls, every male from
twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;  Those that were numbered of them, even of the
tribe of Simeon, were fifty and nine thousand and three hundred. 

 

Of the children of Gad, by their generations, after their
families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names,
from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;  Those that were numbered of them, even of the
tribe of Gad, were forty and five thousand six hundred and fifty. 

 

Of the children of Judah, by their generations, after
their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the
names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to
war;  Those that were numbered of them,
even of the tribe of Judah, were threescore and fourteen thousand and six
hundred. 

 

Of the children of Issachar, by their generations, after
their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the
names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to
war;  Those that were numbered of them,
even of the tribe of Issachar, were fifty and four thousand and four
hundred. 

 

Of the children of Zebulun, by their generations, after
their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the
names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to
war;  Those that were numbered of them,
even of the tribe of Zebulun, were fifty and seven thousand and four
hundred. 

 

Of the children of Joseph, namely, of the children of
Ephraim, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their
fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and
upward, all that were able to go forth to war;
Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Ephraim, were
forty thousand and five hundred.

 

Of the children of Manasseh, by their generations, after
their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the
names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to
war;  Those that were numbered of them,
even of the tribe of Manasseh, were thirty and two thousand and two hundred.

 

Of the children of Benjamin, by their generations, after
their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the
names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to
war;  Those that were numbered of them,
even of the tribe of Benjamin, were thirty and five thousand and four hundred.

 

Of the children of Dan, by their generations, after their
families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names,
from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;  Those that were numbered of them, even of the
tribe of Dan, were threescore and two thousand and seven hundred.

 

Of the children of Asher, by their generations, after
their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the
names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to
war;  Those that were numbered of them,
even of the tribe of Asher, were forty and one thousand and five hundred.

 

Of the children of Naphtali, throughout their
generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to
the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able
to go forth to war;  Those that were
numbered of them, even of the tribe of Naphtali, were fifty and three thousand
and four hundred.

 

These are those that were numbered, which Moses and Aaron
numbered, and the princes of Israel,
being twelve men: each one was for the house of his fathers.

Numbers 1:20-44

As with our churches, many are called, but only a few will
stand out in service.  Some of these will
be leaders who take foolish sheep astray.
They will not see the Promised Land.
Others will be heroic in their faith and deeds.  They will do exploits.

So were all those that were numbered of the children of
Israel, by the house of their fathers, from twenty years old and upward, all
that were able to go forth to war in Israel;
Even all they that were numbered were six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty.  But the Levites
after the tribe of their fathers were
not numbered among them
.  For the
LORD had spoken unto Moses, saying,  Only thou shalt not
number the tribe of Levi
, neither take the
sum of them among the children of Israel:
But thou shalt appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony, and
over all the vessels thereof, and over all things that belong to it: they shall
bear the tabernacle, and all the vessels thereof; and they shall minister unto
it, and shall encamp round about the tabernacle.  And when the tabernacle setteth forward, the
Levites shall take it down: and when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the
Levites shall set it up: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to
death.  And the children of Israel
shall pitch their tents, every man by his own camp, and every man by his own
standard, throughout their hosts.  But
the Levites shall pitch round about the tabernacle of testimony, that there be
no wrath upon the congregation of the children of Israel: and the Levites shall keep
the charge of the tabernacle of testimony.  

Numbers 1:45-53

This seems like a statement from God.  The Levites guard us on the spiritual
front.  They are not to be called to
combat because they are already engaged in the most critical part of the front; spiritual warfare.

And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron,
saying,  Every
man of the children of Israel shall pitch by his own standard, with the ensign
of their father’s house: far off about the tabernacle of the congregation shall
they pitch.  And on the east side toward
the rising of the sun shall they of the standard of the camp of Judah pitch throughout their armies: and Nahshon
the son of Amminadab shall be captain of the children of Judah.  And his host, and those that were numbered of
them, were threescore and fourteen thousand and six hundred.  And those that do pitch next unto him shall
be the tribe of Issachar: and Nethaneel the son of Zuar shall be captain of the
children of Issachar.  And his host, and
those that were numbered thereof, were fifty and four thousand and four hundred.  Then the tribe of Zebulun: and Eliab the son
of Helon shall be captain of the children of Zebulun.  And his host, and those that were numbered
thereof, were fifty and seven thousand and four hundred.  All that were numbered in the camp of Judah
were an hundred thousand and fourscore thousand and six thousand and four
hundred, throughout their armies. These shall first set forth.  On the south side shall be the standard of
the camp of Reuben according to their armies: and the captain of the children
of Reuben shall be Elizur the son of Shedeur.
And his host, and those that were numbered thereof, were forty and six
thousand and five hundred.  And those
which pitch by him shall be the tribe of Simeon: and the captain of the
children of Simeon shall be Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai.  And his host, and those that were numbered of
them, were fifty and nine thousand and three hundred.  Then the tribe of Gad: and the captain of the
sons of Gad shall be Eliasaph the son of Reuel.
And his host, and those that were numbered of them, were forty and five
thousand and six hundred and fifty.  All
that were numbered in the camp of Reuben were an hundred thousand and fifty and
one thousand and four hundred and fifty, throughout their armies. And they
shall set forth in the second rank.  Then
the tabernacle of the congregation shall set forward with the camp of the
Levites in the midst of the camp: as they encamp, so shall they set forward,
every man in his place by their standards.
On the west side shall be the standard of the camp of Ephraim according
to their armies: and the captain of the sons of Ephraim shall be Elishama the
son of Ammihud.  And his host, and those
that were numbered of them, were forty thousand and five hundred.  And by him shall be the tribe of Manasseh:
and the captain of the children of Manasseh shall be Gamaliel the son of
Pedahzur.  And his host, and those that
were numbered of them, were thirty and two thousand and two hundred.  Then the tribe of Benjamin: and the captain
of the sons of Benjamin shall be Abidan the son of Gideoni.  And his host, and those that were numbered of
them, were thirty and five thousand and four hundred.  All that were numbered of the camp of Ephraim
were an hundred thousand and eight thousand and an hundred, throughout their
armies. And they shall go forward in the third
rank.  The standard of the camp of Dan
shall be on the north side by their armies: and the captain of the children of
Dan shall be Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai.  And his host, and those that were numbered of
them, were threescore and two thousand and seven hundred.  And those that encamp
by him shall be the tribe of Asher: and the captain of the children of Asher
shall be Pagiel the son of Ocran.
And his host, and those that were numbered of them, were forty and one
thousand and five hundred.  Then the
tribe of Naphtali: and the captain of the children of Naphtali shall be Ahira
the son of Enan.  And his host, and those
that were numbered of them, were fifty and three thousand and four
hundred.  All they that were numbered in
the camp of Dan were an hundred thousand and fifty and seven thousand and six
hundred. They shall go hindmost with their
standards.  These are those which were
numbered of the children of Israel
by the house of their fathers: all those that were numbered of the camps
throughout their hosts were six  hundred
thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty.  But the Levites were not numbered among the
children of Israel;
as the LORD commanded Moses.  And the
children of Israel
did according to all that the LORD commanded Moses: so they pitched by their
standards, and so they set forward, every one after their families, according
to the house of their fathers.  Numbers
2:1-34

God does not always ask us to count our strength.  When Israelhad strength and peace,
there was no need to measure your armies.
Perhaps this is a temptation to aggression against neighbors that God
does not want.  He was not happy when David
numbered his armies, but God inspired
David’s actions.

And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say,
Go, number Israel and Judah.  2 Samuel 24:1

Joab did David’s bidding, with regrets.

And Joab gave up the sum of the number of the people unto
the king: and there were in Israel
eight hundred thousand valiant men that drew the sword; and the men of Judah
were five hundred thousand men.  And
David’s heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And David said
unto the LORD, I have sinned greatly in that I have done: and now, I beseech
thee, O LORD, take away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very
foolishly.  2 Samuel 24:9-10

So there is a time when God will require us to consider the
armies and their size for his service.
Other times are not right for us to consider massing our forces.  It is all determined by knowing God’s
will.  We are an army under authority,
requiring instructions from God.  Seeking
his will is the key to success in everything.
Like the armies of this world, we
need
to get orders from God before
we can begin the march.

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