Despite the harsh circumstances of slavery and camping out in the wilderness for over a year, God’s people lacked nothing and experienced growth. They experienced numerical growth as a nation. In Exodus chapter 1:7, we read “the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them.” From a family of 70, Jacob’s offspring multiplied over the 400 years they spent in Egypt. By the time they left Egypt and were headed to the Promised Land they numbered 603,550 men. Some estimate that number to be around 2 million including women and children.
The Israelites experienced spiritual growth. They received God’s law. This defined who they were called to be and set them apart as a nation. God gave them spiritual guidelines that strengthened and prepared them to take hold of the promise that was laid before them. In Numbers 6:24-26, the Lord promises to bless his people. The response of the people in chapter 7 is rather fitting; the people then brought gifts and offerings to the Tabernacle for its use and maintenance. In Numbers 7:2-3 we read “Then the leaders of Israel—the tribal leaders who had registered the troops—came and brought their offerings. Together they brought six large wagons and twelve oxen. There was a wagon for every two leaders and an ox for each leader. They presented these to the Lord in front of the Tabernacle”.
Every tribe contributed to this endeavor to ensure that the Levites; those who cared, protected, and led His people were taken care of. The Levites were called by God to take care of His Sanctuary and to be ministers committed to serving in the Lord’s house. The people supported them by giving tithes and offerings. They were given homes, flocks, and land. Today, you and I are called to do the same.
Over the past month, we were challenged to raise $80,000 to support those who have been called into the Lord’s service. We were reminded to take care of those God has called to share the Good News. You have shown love, kindness and support to the Global Workers and Missionaries we support around the world. You have shown that when God’s people come together for His purpose, there is strength in numbers. Because of you, over $94,000 has been raised. Because of your generous giving, our missions partners are free to pursue their God- ordained call.
The book of Numbers reminds us to take inventory of all that God has given us. It encourages us to trust Him to lead us and to pursue His has plan for our future. Through a pandemic and a transition, God’s faithfulness has been evident in the life of MCA and His faithfulness will remain. Let us continue to work together to further His Kingdom because there is strength in numbers.