Numbers 26* Numbering of Israel in the plains of Moab. (1-51) The divisionof the land. (52-56) Number of the Levites. (57-62) Noneremaining of the first numbering. (63-65)1-51 Moses did not number the people but when God commandedhim. We have here the families registered, as well as thetribes. The total was nearly the same as when numbered at mountSinai. Notice is here taken of the children of Korah; they diednot, as the children of Dathan and Abiram; they seem not to havejoined even their own father in rebellion. If we partake not ofthe sins of sinners, we shall not partake of their plagues. 52-56 In distributing these tribes, the general rule of equityis prescribed; that to many should be given more, and to fewerless. Though it seems left to the prudence of their prince, thematter at last must be settled by the providence of God, withwhich all must be satisfied. 57-62 Levi was God's tribe; therefore it was not numbered withthe rest, but alone. It came not under the sentence, that noneof 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 numberednow, who was numbered then, but Caleb and Joshua. Here appearedthe righteousness of God, and his faithfulness to histhreatenings. Especially observe the truth of God, in performinghis promise to Caleb and Joshua. Death makes awful havoc of thehuman species, and causes surprising changes in families andnations; yet all is appointed in perfect wisdom, justice, andtruth, by the Lord himself. This should stir us up to think uponthe hateful nature of sin, the cause of all these devastations.We should renew our repentance, seek forgiveness, value thesalvation of Christ, remember how frail we are, prepare for thesummons of death, and fill up our days in serving our generationaccording to the will of God.
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