Numbered beyond the sands

Today on Twitch’s morning devotion livestream, I am revisiting this blog post “Falling Leaves” from May of 2014.

Supporting Bible verses are:

Genesis 22:17 (To Abraham, after he in obedience brings his son to sacrifice) 17 I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his[d] enemies, 18 and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.”

Now, there are other verses where the promise is repeated, to make the numbers of Israel more than the sand. Are we to think that god’s plan is not over because we don’t have that many Israelites? I don’t think so. We see this phrase used figuratively within the Bible in these verses:

1 Kings 4:20 Judah and Israel were as many as the sand by the sea. They ate and drank and were happy.

Joshua 11:4 And they came out with all their troops, a great horde, in number like the sand that is on the seashore, with very many horses and chariots.

I think it is safe to say #1 that it was a figure of speech and #2 that it was already fulfilled.

OK, so how does it apply to us? Because we are to remember that, no matter how many other people there are in the world, we each are important to God. That’s hard to understand with our human brains, with our culture of having “best friends” and “circles of influence”. But the Bible says:

Matthew 6:26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Luke 12:7 Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered

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