Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty and eight thousand.
—— 1 Chronicles 23:3——
God, and only God, can take an evil and turn it for good (Gen. 50:20). This reality can be seen not only all
throughout the pages of Scripture, but in the story of history, and our own individual experience. As an example of this, when King David was tempted by Satan to undertake a sinful census of Israel (1 Chr. 21), we see God sharply rebuking David–through the seer Gad–for this sin. This census became political fuel which culminated in the dividing of the Kingdom.
Nevertheless, the good that came of this evil was that we, thousands of years later, actually have a tally of the population of Israel circa 988 B.C.; and we find that Israel’s population (of fighting age men) was around 1,100,000 and Judah’s 470,000. [Read more…] about Good out of Evil