Numbers 26: Dividing the Land
In Numbers chapter 26, the Israelites took a version of a census. Every man that was of military age was counted, and as a result of this count, the relative portions of land in Israel were allocated.
Num 26:52 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Num 26:53 Unto these the land shall be divided for an inheritance according to the number of names.
Num 26:54 To many thou shalt give the more inheritance, and to few thou shalt give the less inheritance: to every one shall his inheritance be given according to those that were numbered of him.
Num 26:55 Notwithstanding the land shall be divided by lot: according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit.
Num 26:56 According to the lot shall the possession thereof be divided between many and few.
Obviously, this census had huge implications for the people of Israel. God had chosen this particular moment in time to decide what Israel would ultimately look like. I don’t necessarily know why this moment was chosen, but God had a reason. If He would have gone through this process even one day later, the relative populations in Israel might have changed.
The reason I emphasize that is because even though God exists outside of time and doesn’t have to be constrained in the same way that we do, He chooses to do certain things at certain times for certain reasons.
Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
I haven’t come back to this verse for a while, but I think that it helps us learn why God chose the time He did to allocate the land in Israel. He had a plan ahead of time, and the end was always expected. The land needed to be allocated at this time because that is the way God wanted it.
We might not understand everything, and I do not know if we will ever be able to know everything. However, I do know that God does. I do know that He had a plan in place at this time.