Israel Decreased

To read the Bible in a year, read Numbers 26 and 27.
Churches always want to be growing numerically, but sometimes that does not happen, and it does not mean that church did something wrong. Nor does it mean that church no longer belongs to the Lord. Look at Israel. The nation grew mightily, then the growth stopped and even declined at times. When Israel first came out of Egypt, 603,550 men above the age of 20 and able to go to war, excluding the tribe of Levi, came out of Egypt. Almost forty years later, God wanted another census taken (Numbers 26:1-3), and He wanted it done as before, “Take a census of the people from twenty years old and above, just as the LORD commanded Moses and the children of Israel who came out of the land of Egypt” (v. 4). However, this latter time, 601,730 were counted.
Should Israel have grown? Yes, but problems along the journey from Egypt to Canaan, hurt their growth. Do not get discourage if your congregation has not grown as you would have like to have seen, but keep working with it and the discipline God has imposed on your congregation, may reveal fruit later.

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