Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 28, 2023

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!”

Today’s devotion comes from Numbers 1:1-16.

“Then the LORD spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tent of meeting, on the first of the second month, in the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt, saying, “Take a census of all the congregation of the sons of Israel, by their families, by their fathers’ households, according to the number of names, every male, head by head from twenty years old and upward, whoever is able to go out to war in Israel, you and Aaron shall number them by their armies.  With you, moreover, there shall be a man of each tribe, each one head of his father’s household.  These then are the names of the men who shall stand with you:  of Reuben, Elizur the son of Shedeur;  of Simeon, Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai;  of Judah, Nahshon the son of Amminadab;  of Issachar, Nethanel the son of Zuar;  of Zebulun, Eliab the son of Helon;  of the sons of Joseph:  of Ephraim, Elishama the son of Ammihud; of Manasseh, Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur;  of Benjamin, Abidan the son of Gideoni;  of Dan, Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai;  of Asher, Pagiel the son of Ochran;  of Gad, Eliasaph the son of Deuel;  of Naphtali, Ahira the son of Enan.  These are they who were called of the congregation, the leaders of their fathers’ tribes;  they were the heads of divisions of Israel.”  Numbers 1:1-16.


Numbers and names are important to the LORD.  We see the Book is named Numbers.  We read the names right in the beginning of Numbers.  

Other doctrine teaches that God loves everybody, Christ died for everyone, but for no specific number and for no one by name.

But, Reformed Doctrine teaches that God loves a specific number of certain persons by name, and Christ died for that specific number of certain persons by name.

Consider the following from the Canons of Dordt in the section titled FIRST HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of Divine Predestination. 

Article 7.  Election is the unchangeable purpose of God, whereby, before the foundation of the world, he hath out of mere grace, according to the sovereign good pleasure of his own will, chosen, from the whole human race, which had fallen through their own fault, from their primitive state of rectitude, into sin and destruction, a certain number of persons to redemption in Christ, whom he from eternity appointed the Mediator and Head of the elect, and the foundation of Salvation.  …

Article 10.  The good pleasure of God is the sole cause of this gracious election;  which doth not consist herein, that out of all possible qualities and actions of men God has chosen some as a condition of salvation;  but that he was pleased out of the common mass of sinners to adopt some certain persons as a peculiar people to himself, as it is written, “For the children being not yet born neither having done any good or evil,” etc., it was said (namely to Rebecca):  “the elder shall serve the younger; as it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated,”  Romans 9:11,12,13.  “And as many as were ordained to eternal life believed,”  Acts 13:48.

Article 11.  And as God himself is most wise, unchangeable, omniscient and omnipotent, so the election made by him can neither be interrupted nor changed, recalled or annulled;  neither can the elect be cast away, nor their number diminished.

“But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel,
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are Mine!

2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched,
Nor will the flame burn you.
3 “For I am the LORD your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I have given Egypt as your ransom,
Cush and Seba in your place.
4 “Since you are precious in My sight,
Since you are honored and I love you,
I will give other men in your place and other peoples in exchange for your life.” Isaiah 43:1-4.


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