Numbers 1:1

It was on the fifteenth day of April of the second year after the Israelis left Egypt that the Lord issued the following instructions to Moses. (He was in the Tabernacle at the camp of Israel on the Sinai peninsula at the time.) (KAB)

Numbers 1:1 & 2

  1. And the LORD spake unto Mo’-ses in the wilderness of Si’-nai, in the tabernacle of the congregation, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they were come out of the land of E’-gypt, saying,
  2. Take ye the sum of all the congregation of the children of Is’-ra-el, after their families, by the house of their fathers, with the number of their names, every male by their polls;  (KJV)

The Bible contains many occasions where God spoke and His voice was heard. In this case, perhaps not, If God did provide Moses with an audible message here, it had the unusual quality of detail. Several individuals are named and selected as assistants for the census. Today we might say, “Joe, I believe God wants you to consider missions.” And Joe quite correctly may believe that God has spoken to him through that kind of friendly conversation. Perhaps Moses was doing some things similar in his recruitment of trustworthy associates. Moses was an unusual person. He was given a very special mission by God, even though he considered himself a mediocre candidate for it. Given his mission, God no doubt communicated with Moses in a way that was clear. God speaks sometimes through person’s conscience, intuition, or emotive longing to know God better. In prayer we commune with God with unusual personal closeness, and we sometimes feel God is speaking to us, though no audibly, as we pray or meditate on His Word.  God uses many means. The great Christian leader Augustine believed that God had spoken to him emphatically through the voice of a small child. The result was Augustine’s conversion and his considerable influence on the church even today.

The mission of God today is the worldwide announcement that salvation has come in Jesus Christ, His Son. That Good News is conveyed through many channels and means, and it bears implications for every person and profession. It’s such as important mission that Christians worldwide testify to the fact that God still speaks, even as He did centuries ago.

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