Lent day 18: Who is Nahshon?

Lent day 18: Who is Nahshon?

Luke 3: 32 “the son of Nahshon”

His name means ‘sorcerer’ or ‘little snake’.

He was the leader of the tribe of Judah and when the whole nation moved he would be the one who moved first. “The divisions of the camp of Judah went first, under their standard. Nahshon son of Amminadab was in command.” Numbers 10:14

The Talmud (early Jewish writings) has Nahshon plunging with faith into the Red Sea when everyone is standing back in fear. He struggles under the water and appears to be drowning until Moses lifts his staff and stretched it over the sea, Nahshon then leads the Israelites to safety through the waters!

He assisted Moses in taking the census of the people. Numbers 1:1-7   The Lord spoke to Moses … “Take a census of the whole Israelite community by their clans and families … These are the names of the men who are to assist you … from Judah, Nahshon son of Amminadab”

On the first day of the dedication of the Tabernacle he brought offerings to the Lord in 7:10-17.

He led the nation in praise as they moved (Judah); He assisted Moses in leadership; he gave generously in the dedication of the Tabernacle and yet … he died in the wilderness.

“Not one of them was among those counted by Moses and Aaron the priest when they counted the Israelites in the Desert of Sinai. For the Lord had told those Israelites they would surely die in the wilderness, and not one of them was left except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun.” Numbers 26:64-65.


A man of faith, of praise, a leader of people, generous worshipper and yet what good is all that if you die in the wilderness with a generation who disobey God?

What good is all the things you have achieved in life if at the end of your life you are seen to have been one who fell short of God’s intention for your life?

You may achieve many things and your comrades may point to your successes. You may have plaques for your exploits and the praise of man may be wide and far. You may be seen as a great anointed leader and yet it is not how you start or what you have done but what kind of person will you be at the finishing line? Are you a little snake that writhes across that line or did you become far more than your name?

Some have received all the honour they will ever get, their cabinets have their trophies, they became rich through the work of God but the ones who will get the greatest rewards and honour may be ones that we never heard of, the unsung, the unknown, the least of these, the ones who were not sorcerers and snakes, the ones who made it through the wilderness because they died to their own desires rather than their selfishness cutting their days short.

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