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Daily manna from the Torah by Dr Ketriel Blad


Naso 35-2

Lift up

Numbers 4:38-49

According to the commandment of the LORD through Moses they were listed, each one with his task of serving or carrying. Thus they were listed by him, as the LORD commanded Moses.

Num. 4:49 ESV

How can one be counted in?

In this Parashah, the Torah brings up two foundational needs within man. The first need is to be included in the count. That is why this Parashah begins by saying that the heads of the Levites were to be lifted. Since HaShem counts them in, their heads are lifted. The second thing is that each person has his own assignment, a responsibility, a mission to fulfill. One who loses the awareness of one of these two things will feel worthless as a person and will feel that life is meaningless. If no one counts me in, why should I live? If I do not have anything important to do, what am I living for? What makes a person feel meaningful is to be counted and to be given assignment.

Dear disciple of the Messiah, do you want HaShem to count you in? Then do as the Levites did on the day that Israel sinned with the golden calf. When all the others were following the stream of this world, the Levites answered this call, "Who belongs to HaShem?", compare with Exodus 32:26. The Levites said łno˛ to sin and went to Moshe, who was representing HaShem. Therefore they were rewarded with these special censuses where each one of them was counted in a special way. Besides that, they received important assignments at the tent of meeting. This teaches us that every person who gives his life to HaShem will have one or more important assignments in his life. You were born to serve HaShem. If you do not stand with him when others are going in the opposite direction, then you will not be counted among the righteous. Neither will you be able to fulfill the purpose that HaShem has for you life. You are important to him. He has a very personal assignment for you. Find out what that assignment is and live for it. Then you will never fall, as it is written in 2 Peter 1:10, "Therefore, brothers, be more diligent to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never stumble."(HNV)

Ketriel


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