Daily Devotional from Eagles' Wings
Today: Sunday, February 16, 2020

Numbered Because Ransomed

Take ye the sum of all the congregation.

The title of the book of Numbers is taken from the Septuagint and refers to one of the outstanding events recorded in the book, the numbering of the people. At both the beginning and the end of the book, the sum of the congregation of Israel is given.

The emphasis on the numbering of the people conveys various lessons to us, one of them being that the Lord knoweth them that are his (II Tim. 2:19). He is aware of each one in His family. The company of the redeemed no man can number, but the Lord has a register of the entire host. Their names are written in the book of life of the Lamb (Rev. 13:8). Notice that this count taken in the opening chapter of Numbers was in accordance with specific conditions which the Lord had earlier revealed to Moses. Exodus 30:12 shows that no one could be numbered among Gods people unless he first paid a ransom for his soul. It is only the ransomed who make up the true congregation of the Lord.

Observe that the ransom price was fixed by the Lord: half a shekel after the shekel of the sanctuary (Exod. 30:13). The Lord Himself has set the standard for inclusion among the host who are marching to Zion, and He will accept no other. Christs blood is that ransom price. It alone meets the divine requirements. We must neither add to nor take from the gospel, just as the Israelites were not to give more or less than that half shekel. If you are yet unsaved, you must learn that you can never be counted among the redeemed until you make his soul an offering for sin (Isa. 53:10). Christ poured out His soul unto death. He gave His life a ransom for many, the life being His own precious blood, since the life of the flesh is in the blood (Lev. 17:11). That is a sufficient payment for sin. Rest in it alone; nothing else will do.

Christ was numbered among sinners that sinners might be numbered among saints.
Alexander Simpson

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