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Divine Numbering

Why should children of God seem perfectly content to be scattered amongst the sects and Systems of men, when abundant evidence exists in the Sacred Writings that God has a purpose for His children beyond that of redemption by blood, wonderful as that is? Redemption by blood, whether viewed in relation to Israel in a past day or in connexion with believers to-day, has ever the divine purpose in view, that the redeemed ones will be willing to be set apart to do the will of God.

Israel must leave Egypt, be baptized in the cloud and in the sea unto Moses their new leader; and come to the mountain of God, where God entered into covenant relationship with them. He had done His part; it was necessary for them to do theirs.

The New Covenant contains two important statements:

(1)Our sins and our iniquities God will remember no more. "He (Christ) when He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God" (Hebrews 10. 12, 17).

(2)"And the Holy Spirit also beareth witness to us:

"I will put My laws on their heart,

And upon their mind also will I write them" (Hebrews 10.15.16).

As it was with Israel in a past day, so children of God in this day should not accept the blessing of God's forgiveness without being exercised to let the Spirit of God write upon their hearts and minds the law of God.

Israel, redeemed by blood from the bondage of Egypt, became a separated people unto God. He brought them to Sinai, and through Moses told them of His purpose for them. They assented to this purpose (Exodus 24.7, 8), and Moses reported back to God their willingness. How carefully the matter is proceeded with! Moses then delivers to them the conditions upon which Jehovah is prepared to dwell among them (Exodus 20., 21., 22., 23.), and so they entered into covenant relationship with God. They were redeemed in Egypt by the blood. Now by blood sprinkled upon them, they were set apart to God, and having received His law they were constituted a holy nation, peculiar to Him from among all other nations.

Linked with their constitution as a nation is the important matter of numbering, so that they might make their vital contribution to the national well-being. Legislation regarding their numbering is given in Exodus 30.11-16; not only must each Israelite play his part, but apart from such numbering there could be no dwelling-place for God. This is very important to see. The importance of this truth will be appreciated if we read the early chapters of Numbers, in which are given full details as to their position relative to God's house.

Each male of the twelve tribes was numbered from twenty years and upward and gave the half shekel, called atonement money, upon being numbered. This half shekel of silver was used to provide sockets for the sanctuary, and sockets for the veil, and hooks for the pillars of the court, and for overlaying their chapiters, and for their fillets. Exodus 38. 26 gives the number as 608,550. The silver sockets formed the foundation of God's house.

How sad it is when we reflect that these men who were thus numbered perished in the wilderness because the Word of God that later on came to them, was not obeyed. A sad possibility for us, if we do not give heed to His voice!

When the Remnant returned from Babylon to build again the house of God in Jerusalem (see Ezra 2.64) the Spirit of God is careful to mention the number who returned, namely, 42,360. These gave after their ability into the treasury of the house of God the sum of five thousand pounds of silver (Ezra 2.69).

When we consider the kingdom of God in New Testament days, it is important to notice that the truth of numbering is still found, and only children of God who were numbered together provide a dwelling place for God on earth. We refer the reader to Acts 1. 15. Here Peter stands up in the midst of the brethren, "and there was a multitude of persons (names) gathered together, about a hundred and twenty."

As we continue through the Acts of the Apostles, we find further evidence of this matter of numbering.

Acts 2.41:"And there were added unto them in that day about three thousand souls."

Acts 2.47:"The Lord added to them day by day those that were being saved."

Acts 4.4:"But many of them that heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand."

These scriptures clearly give warrant for numbering in this dispensation.

For children of God to say that they are numbered in the Body of

Christ and that is sufficient for them, is to play with the truth of God.

Numbering is never mentioned in the Scriptures in relation to the Body of Christ. We are members of His Body, never members of the house of God. We are numbered together in the house of God.

We ask our readers to give careful consideration to the matter of numbering and the importance God places upon His children being gathered together, numbered together, and so give effect to that word which Caiaphas oracularly uttered when he said,

"That Jesus should die for the nation; and not for the nation only, but that He might also gather together into one the children of God that are scattered abroad" (John 11. 51-52).

Are you a scattered or a gathered one? Seek t6 be an added one. Then you may rejoice with the Psalmist "LORD, I love the habitation of Thy House, And the place where Thy glory dwelleth" (Psalm 26. 5).