Counting up……counting down

1 04 2011

DAY EIGHTY-EIGHT : Numbers 26 v. 12 – 27 v. 11; Luke 7 v. 36 – 50; Proverbs 8 v. 12 – 21

NUMBERS
The Census Continues – Simeon’s clan numbered 22,200 men, Gad’s clan numbered 40,500, Judah’s clan numbered 76,500, Issachar’s clan numbered 64,300, Zebulun’s clan numbered 60,500, Joseph’s clan’s numbered : Manasseh – 52,700; Ephraim – 32,500, Benjamin’s clan numbered 45,600, Dan’s clan numbered 64,400, Asher’s clan numbered 53,400, and Naphtali’s clan numbered 45,500.
Total number counted : 601, 703.
 
Note that Zelophehad, son of Hepher had no sons, only daughters, and they are therefore named, amidst whole long lists of men (and one of the daughters is called Noah!).God instructs Moses that the census is to guide how the promised land will be shared out – larger portions of land to larger clans etc…every clan, except the Levite clan, will inherit the land.

The Levite clan numbered 23,000.

“Not one of them (those counted) was among those counted by Moses and Aaron the priest when they counted the Israelites in the Desert of Sinai.”
A reminder that God had said all that initial generation would die in the desert, apart from Caleb and Joshua.


Zelophehad’s Daughters – the situation arose where one line of the Manasseh clan had no sons, only daughters (Zelophehad’s line, as mentioned above).  The daughters appeal to Moses and the priests, “Why should our father’s name disappear from his clan because he had no son? Give us property among our father’s relatives.”
Moses sought the wisdom of the Lord. God affirmed the case of the daughters, and instructed Moses to give property and inheritance to the daughters.
There is a new instruction that if an only / remaining son dies, the inheritance will pass to the daughters (if no daughters, it passes to the deceased brother and line). The issue of possession of land is coming into sharper focus as they approach the promised land.
God outlines the ‘legal requirements for the Israelites’ over how land is passed on as inheritance.


LUKE

Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman – this is a posh dinner invitation : the home of a Pharisee. Jesus will have to be on His best behaviour ! Not sure how this sinful woman found her way into the dining room. She wept and her tears washed Jesus’ feet. She wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them – a real sign of devotion, affection and love.
The Pharisee host sees Jesus receiving such a show, and judges He can’t be a prophet, or He’d have known the reputation of this woman.
Jesus asks His host, Simon, who would love the money-lender more, the one who had a debt of 500 denarii cancelled, or the one who had a debt of 50 cancelled. Clearly, Simon says, “The one who had the bigger debt cancelled.”
Jesus points out to Simon that this woman’s many sins have been forgiven, and great is her love, her devotion. He criticises Simon’s hosting compared to her intimate show of devotion.
Jesus says only two things to the woman –
“Your sins are forgiven” (my study bible makes the point that the Greek tense indicates she was already living in the joy of sins forgiven, and she is expressing, here, here overflowing gratitude and love – all that causes some consternation amongst the Pharisee’s guests), and
“Your faith has saved you, go in peace.”

In front of a watching group of Pharisees, it is the disreputable woman who is offered forgiveness, commended for her faith, and blessed with peace!
The audacity of it !!!!

Jesus’ days are being numbered……

PROVERBS
“Wisdom and prudence dwell together – knowledge and discretion.”
“To fear the Lord is to hate evil.”
“I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.
 With me are riches and honour, enduring wealth and prosperity.”
“I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice
 bestowing wealth on those who love me, and making their treasuries full.”

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