Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 16, 2015

Names and Numbers: “I will accomplish all My good pleasure”

Today’s devotion comes from Ezra chapter 2.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezra+2&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 Now these are the people of the province who came up out of the captivity of the exiles whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away to Babylon, and returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to his city.  2 These came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum and Baanah.

The number of the men of the people of Israel:  3 the sons of Parosh, 2,172;  4 the sons of Shephatiah, 372;  5 the sons of Arah, 775;  6 the sons of Pahath-moab of the sons of Jeshua and Joab, 2,812;

64 The whole assembly numbered 42,360, 65 besides their male and female servants who numbered 7,337;  and they had 200 singing men and women.  66 Their horses were 736;  their mules, 245;  67 their camels, 435;  their donkeys, 6,720.

68 Some of the heads of fathers’ households, when they arrived at the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem, offered willingly for the house of God to restore it on its foundation.

69 According to their ability they gave to the treasury for the work 61,000 gold drachmas and 5,000 silver minas and 100 priestly garments.

70 Now the priests and the Levites, some of the people, the singers, the gatekeepers and the temple servants lived in their cities, and all Israel in their cities.”  Ezra Chapter 2:  Verses 1-6 and 64-70.

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Why are there so many names in this Scripture?

Why are there so many numbers in this Scripture?

God deeply cares about each person.

God deeply cares about each detail.

But, God is not like those who only watch and wring their hands.  God does not panic.  God is not anxious.  God does not even hope without accomplishing all His good pleasure.

“9 “Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
11 Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man of My purpose from a far country.
Truly I have spoken;  truly I will bring it to pass.
I have planned it, surely I will do it.”   Isaiah 46:9-11.

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