Topic: Individual Importance
In the first 4 chapters of the book of Numbers the Bible tells us about the census God ordered Moses to take of the people of Israel. A census is when you count and record all the people of your group or country. Moses was to write down every man over the age of 20. The total came to 603,550 (according to Numbers 1:46)! The only group not counted was the Levites and they didn’t serve in the army and this was to be a list of the fighting men. But if you think about it, that is about the number of families because most of the men would have had a family. The book goes on to tell where each tribe was to camp. (Each tribe is all the descendants of one of the sons of Jacob, so the tribe of Dan would be all the great, great,… grandsons of Dan, so it is basically a giant family!) Then it tells the jobs of each family in the tribe of Levi.
That is all well and good, but what does that have to do with us?!? I think this census shows us that each person is important to God. He had Moses take the time to write down each name! God then had special places for each family to camp and special jobs for certain families to do. God knows each one of us by name. He has a special job that He made you to do. He made you perfect for the job and place He has for you. He gave you your family to help you grow to be the person He wants you to become. Isn’t that amazing! That a God big enough to create the entire universe, also has time and a plan for each one of us, no matter how unimportant we feel. To God, you are always important!
Draw a family tree, add as many family members as you can think of and remind your kids that God made each one and has a plan for all of them!