Who Counts not What Counts

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Who Counts not What Counts

Each one who crosses over to those already counted is to give a half shekel, according to the sanctuary shekel,which weighs twenty gerahs. This half shekel is an offering to the Lord. Exodus 30:13

Throughout history, countries, empires and governments have repeatedly taken a census.  Although there are a number of reasons to take a census, the biggest is to know how much to tax people.  Based on the size of the population and the amount of money to be spent, taxes are levied.  There are other reasons – such as knowing the size of the police and military – to know the size of the defense force, which leads to how much money is spent on defense and maintaining order.

 

Unfortunately, many leaders think of the population in terms of dollars and in terms of the size of the population.  Ask any politician and they can rattle off numbers off the top of their head, numbers that revolve around money.

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. Matthew 10:29

God doesn’t look at us in terms of dollar signs.  He knows each of us as a unique individual, a valuable part of God’s creation.  We should look at everyone around us that way!