Numbers 26

* Numbering of Israel in the plains of Moab. (1-51) The division

of the land. (52-56) Number of the Levites. (57-62) None

remaining of the first numbering. (63-65)

1-51 Moses did not number the people but when God commanded

him. We have here the families registered, as well as the

tribes. The total was nearly the same as when numbered at mount

Sinai. Notice is here taken of the children of Korah; they died

not, as the children of Dathan and Abiram; they seem not to have

joined even their own father in rebellion. If we partake not of

the sins of sinners, we shall not partake of their plagues.
52-56 In distributing these tribes, the general rule of equity

is prescribed; that to many should be given more, and to fewer

less. Though it seems left to the prudence of their prince, the

matter at last must be settled by the providence of God, with

which all must be satisfied.
57-62 Levi was God's tribe; therefore it was not numbered with

the rest, but alone. It came not under the sentence, that none

of them should enter Canaan excepting Caleb and Joshua.
63-65 The execution of the sentence passed on the murmurers,

chap. #14:29|, is observable. There was not one man numbered

now, who was numbered then, but Caleb and Joshua. Here appeared

the righteousness of God, and his faithfulness to his

threatenings. Especially observe the truth of God, in performing

his promise to Caleb and Joshua. Death makes awful havoc of the

human species, and causes surprising changes in families and

nations; yet all is appointed in perfect wisdom, justice, and

truth, by the Lord himself. This should stir us up to think upon

the hateful nature of sin, the cause of all these devastations.

We should renew our repentance, seek forgiveness, value the

salvation of Christ, remember how frail we are, prepare for the

summons of death, and fill up our days in serving our generation

according to the will of God.
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