Num 1:22 Of the sons of Simeon, referencing their historical lineage, by their clans, by their patriarchal houses, those of them who were mustered, according to the number of names, head by head, every male from twenty years old and upward, all who were able to go to war:
Num 1:23 those mustered of the tribe of Simeon were 59,300.
a friend with us
Simeon’s general was Shelumiel, whose name said “my friend is God.” For the 59,300 soldiers who followed Shelumiel into battle, it was an encouragement to know that they had a powerful friend who would be at their side when they fought.
Whatever challenge we face as we seek to obey the LORD and do his will, we can be assured that he is there. Jesus promised his disciples that he would be with them always, even to the end of the age. We have a friend who fights with us when we fight.
LORD, thank you for going with us into the dark places we must go, because you are our friend.