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Numbers: How God Counts (5 of 10)
Series: Through The Bible
Numbers 1:1-2, 44-46
Our God is a God of numbers. He counts things. We should be glad he does.
The very opening of the Bible begins with numbers. Day one, day two, day three-so on throughout the chronicle of creation. The last chapters of the Bible number the city limits of the New Jerusalem, the Gates of Pearl, and the be-jeweled foundations of the heavenly home.
Jesus said the Heavenly Father numbers the very hairs of our heads. Not so hard a task for some of us! The Good Shepherd knew the number of his sheep. He knew that ninety-nine were safe, but one, only one, was lost. The disciples knew that a few fish and loaves fed 5,000 because Jesus had told them to count. On another occasion, 4,000 were fed. They even knew there were twelve baskets of leftovers. They counted 153 fish in a miraculous catch. The Bible notes that over 500 people witnessed the risen Lord on one occasion. It sounds like Jesus disciples did a lot of counting.
The same trend continues in Acts-that's the fifth book of the New Testament if you are counting. They counted the converts in Acts 2-over 3,000. Soon their numbers grew to 5,000. Eventually Dr. Luke drops the hard figures and shifts to noting that great numbers were added to the church or that their numbers multiplied greatly.
Our God is a God of numbers. Much to the disappointment of many a student, God invented math-or at least the principles it describes. Arithmetic and mathematics work because they are a part of the created order and design of the universe. It is no accident that two plus two equals four. That's the world God made. Music, art, geology, chemistry, physics can all be described with numbers. God must like numbers. He made a whole world of them!
Of course, numbers for the sake of numbers don't mean much. Numbers only matter because of what they stand for. That's the reason we take attendance at church. One could argue and corr ...
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