Today's Favorite Verse: Numbers 26:63-65
"These are they that were numbered by Moses and Eleazar the priest, who numbered the children of Israel in the plains of Moab by Jordan near Jericho.
But among these there was not a man of them whom Moses and Aaron the priest numbered, when they numbered the children of Israel in the wilderness of Sinai.
For the Lord had said of them, They shall surely die in the wilderness. And there was not left a man of them, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun."
The chapter header says it best "Moses and Eleazar count the Israelites on the plains of Moab near Jericho - The males twenty years and older, excluding Levites, total 601,730 - Only Caleb and Joshua remain from those numbered at Sinai."
What I pondered on was that this wasn't just a count 1, 2, 3, how many in your family. It was their names. So they confirmed in the end only Caleb and Joshua, that gave a good report of the promised land, would remain to see the children of Israel enter into it. Now that this first generation is gone they are ready for what comes next.
It made me think of an interesting discussion I had the other day visiting teaching. It was on the early saints of this dispensation. How much Joseph Smith wished to share with the saints but they were not ready. Some still held onto their earlier Christian background of fire and brimstone. Now I see the softening of hearts that are preparing us to meet God. I just can't wait for LDS General Conference and hear more on how to come to Christ.