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His Word
Counting The Names
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The Sacred And The Profane
Praise Him In All Things
More Blessings
Now Is The Time
Desert Clothes
It Takes Time
Moving On
Be Sensitive
A Word In Season
Leading By Example
Conditional Promises
Anonymous Giving
It's Enough
Counting
Counting The Names
Awareness
Godliness
Refuge In Forgiveness
Watching Over You
Facing Your Fears
Responsibility
Who Is To Blame
Improper Desires
Be Ye Holy
Clinging To The Truth
Remembered Or Remembrance
Hidden Treasures In Egypt
Broken Tablets ~ Broken Relationships
Love And Forgiveness
Tough Love
And You Shall Love
What Do You Love
Growing Up
That You May Live
Strengthen Your Faith
What Kind Of Person Are You
What Can I Do For You
Stiff Neck
The First Man, Adam
Admonitions In Scripture
Why Was Aaron Punished
When In Doubt
Seek His Light
Desire His Commandments
Use Your Common Sense
Complete Surrender
Be Yourself
Spiritual Strength
Evaluate Properly
Examine Your Priorities
Choose Your Priorities
Be A Man
Be A Wise Man
Blaming Others
Trading Places
Proper Conduct
Keep Pure
More Land
Forty Days, Forty Years
Where Are You
Do Not Fear
As Rain
Hatred Without Cause
Peace In The Home
Great Love
Taking Risks
Tests And Spiritual Growth
Sustained By His Power
Turn And See
Be Ye Holy
Love Your Neighbor
Be Ye Perfect
Pursue Righteoness
Speaking The Truth
Be Sincere
Be Content
Be Trustworthy
True Gratitude
Love And Humility
Setting Priorities
Seeing The Word
Test of Character
The Year of Jubilee
It's A Daily Battle
Simpletons And Fools
Shortcuts
Determination
Created In His Image
Showing Respect
Rest Among The Wise
See Your Dreams Fulfilled
No Competition
Keeping Records
Fault Finding
Listening To Evil Report
Envy
Are You Easily Offended
Stealing
Uplifting Thoughts
It's Not About The Money
Accepting Responsibility
Clothes And Perfection
His Special Creation
Fear or Faith
Why Worry
Come Out
A Call To Separation
A Light To The Nations
The Praises of Yahveh
Be Compassionate
The Road To Success
You Are Special
The Fear of Yahveh
Righteous Giving
Helping The Poor
Speaking His Word
Attitudes
Grief
Strength
Gaining Wealth
No Coincidence
You Count
Receive Your Blessings
All Things Are Possible
Pray Without Ceasing
Speak To A Friend
Yahveh's Vessels
It Is Better
Long Life
Abraham's Wisdom
The Unexpected Witnesses
Measure For Measure
Seeking After Yahveh
Like A Baby
Consider Yourself Dead
Matutity
Wandering or Traveling
Gaining Wisdom
Firm Trust
Concern or Worry
Divine Blessings
Face The Truth
Do Unto Others
When We Pray
Courage To Grow
Reflect
The Power of Speech
Showing Gratitude
Sugar And Humility
Do The Right Thing
Real Forgiveness
The Pleasure of Forgiving
Love Relationship
Acts of Kindness
Say Something Nice
Never Stop Learning
The Value of Working
Beauty
Treasures
There Is Hope
Lest You Die
Now What
The Unusual Oath
Be Still

"And they gathered the entire nation on the first of the second month, according to the number of the names."  Numbers 1:18
 
Yahveh commanded Moses to take a census of the Children of Israel by counting the "number of the names." The Rabbis explain the meaning of counting the names: "Yahveh told Moses: Count each and every person with honor and dignity. Do not merely ask the head of each household how many children he has. Rather, everyone should pass before you with honor, and you should count them." The people of Israel deserved to be counted in person by Moses.
 
The purpose of the census was a practical one: to ascertain the total population of Israel. The most efficient method would be to ask the head of each household for data regarding his family. Having Moses personally count each person was not only very inefficient, but also extremely laborious and tiresome considering the numbers involved. Why did Yahveh trouble Moses to exert himself to such an extent? Had Moses asked the representative of each household for a tally of his family, the result would have been the same. Yahveh was teaching Moses and the Children of Israel the value and uniqueness of each and every person. No one can be treated as a mere number, even when he is being counted for a census. Moses had to meet each member and show him the honor and respect he deserved.
 
When dealing with a group of people, be it ten or ten thousand, we must remember that it is comprised of individuals. Each person deserves our personal attention, and should not be looked upon as just a number. Sometimes just spending a few moments with another person can do a great deal to raise his spirits and carry him through the rigors of his daily schedule. If we bear in mind the overwhelming love and concern Yahveh has for each of His children, we will surely feel a natural desire to follow His example.