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The New Generation (9 of 10)
Will You Be Counted
Numbers 26-29, 36
There are two numberings in the book of Numbers, the first four chapters and then these. There is a transition which occurs at this point in the book of Numbers. There is a transition from the old generation to the new generation. Because of their disobedience and rebellion and unwilling to trust God and go into the Promised Land and take what God had said He would give to them, the Lord said that none of the old generation, with the exception of two, Joshua and Caleb, would be allowed to go into the Promised Land. Even Moses was not allowed to go.
You have a transition from the old generation to the new generation. It is a transition from judgment to mercy. God judged the old generation. Now in grace and mercy He prepares this new generation to get ready to go into the Promised Land.
Look in chapter 26 in verse 63 it says, "These are they who were numbered by Moses and Eleazar, the priest, who numbered the children of Israel in the plains of Moab by the Jordan near Jericho."
Here's what you need to catch in verse 64, then you will understand what's going on. It says, "But among these," that is the ones that are named in this 26th chapter, "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." That's chapters one through four. What he's saying is that this is a new list. This is a new numbering.
Verse 65 says, "For the Lord had said of them, They shall surely die in the wilderness." That was back in chapter 14, verse 29, that he said that. "And there was not left a man of them, save Caleb, the son of Jephuneth, and Joshua, the son of Nun.
There is a transition occurring here. Transitions are very important. Transitions are important in business. Transitions are important in the life of a city and in the life of a church. God is going to use Moses to make some ...
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