Counted in God’s Census

Reuben, the firstborn of Israel; the sons of Reuben: of Hanoch, the clan of the Hanochites; of Pallu, the Palluites; of Hezron, the Hezronites; of Carmi, the Carmites. Those listed were 43,730. And the sons of Pallu: Eliab. The sons of Eliab: Nemuel, Dathan, and Abiram. These are the Dathan and Abiram, chosen from the congregation, who contended against Moses and Aaron in the company of Korah, when they contended against the Lord and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up together with Korah, when the fire devoured 250 men, and they became a warning. But the sons of Korah did not die… Now Zelophehad the son of Hepher had no sons, but daughters. And the names of the daughters of Zelophehad were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. These are the clans of Manasseh, and those listed were 52,700… And the name of the daughter of Asher was Serah. These are the clans of the sons of Asher as they were listed, 53,400…

“The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Among these the land shall be divided for inheritance according to the number of names. To a large tribe you shall give a large inheritance, and to a small tribe a small inheritance; every tribe in proportion to its list… according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit…’ The name of Amram’s wife was Jochebed the daughter of Levi, who was born in Egypt. She bore to Amram Aaron and Moses and Miriam their sister. And to Aaron were born Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. But Nadab and Abihu died when they offered unauthorized fire before the LordBut among these there was not one of those listed in the wilderness of Sinai. For the Lord had said of them, ‘They shall die in the wilderness.’ Not one was left, except Caleb and Joshua.” Numbers 26:5-11,33-34,46-47,52-55,59-61,64-65

I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1

The people of Israel were named, numbered, and noted. Those who would enter the promised land were distinguished from those who had rebelled and would not. Those who had contended against Moses and the LORD and were destroyed were remembered, but brave Caleb and Joshua were counted. Who we are, and what we do, never goes unnoticed, determines our legacy, and matters to God. (Hebrews 9:27)


The current census being taken in our nation determines federal planning, strategy, and dispersement of funds, much as Israel’s census informed their inheritance of land. Owning a name as God’s child secures our eternal inheritance, as well as spiritual riches and identity with Christ in the present. What a blessing to be counted as His! (Ephesians 1:3,13-14)

In God’s kingdom, everyone bears His name. In His economy, each contributes uniquely. How clearly do others recognize in me His family resemblance? How energetically am I pursuing and introducing others to His clan? On whom will I newly place the immeasurable value God does, and invite them to join His inheritance? Do my works reflect and glorify God, or me? (Matthew 5:16)

Lord, You have called me by name and numbered me as Your child. Thank You. Bind love and faithfulness on my heart to keep that name good, so it always bring attention and honor to You alone. (Proverbs 3:3-4; 22:1)

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