“The volume of the book is written of Me.”  Hebrews 10:7, quoting Psaim 40;6-8

Although I am an analytical guy, the book of Numbers with all of its numbers is quite unexciting to read, unless you can see what is going on behind the scenes.

When the Isrealites camped, they broke out into four camps:

 

Camp-Four-Tribes

One thing to keep in mind about the Isrealite’s is that they were strict on the rules for camp. Here are some rules:

Judah could camp to East of the Levites, Rueben to the South, but they could not camp Southeast, etc. If they did, they would not be East. Thus their camp would be in a line, or block, that would extend South and East based on the population. Ephraim was to the West and Dan to the North. The same directional rules applied to them as well.

If you take those numbers and fill in some grid paper, representing an appropriate rectangular area for each, this is what it would look like from an airplane, I’ll let you decide what you see:

Israel-Camp-Numbers

But wait, it gets better:

  • These are the four emblems of the faces of the Cherubim, surrounding the throne of God: Ox, Eagle, Lion and Man
  • Each one represents the four gospels in the New Testament.

Either this is a huge coincidence, or God planned this out for us to discover these nuggets of information to help us know Him better.

Working in the computer field for close to twenty years, it is not uncommon for developers to include “easter eggs” into their code. If you know the secret sequence of key strokes or values entered, you are rewarded with a fun game, image, saying or any other creative slant that a developer decides to add.

I believe God has done the same with the bible. It is more than just words on a page and a compilation of books, but contains these hidden treasures for us to find. The Bible even tells us in Proverbs 25:2:

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,
But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.”

We have a treasure map that continually points to Jesus, so that there is no doubt that He is who He says He is. Our job is to search it out.

 

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