Any Man Over 20 Years Old

“Mom, I need my social security card.”

“It’s in the lock box.”

I hung up the phone and started sobbing.

My son had auditioned for the National Guard Army Band the day before. He had not played the drums during the preceding semester in college and his skills were not as sharp. The Band Director told him to practice and audition again in one month. I knew another recruiter was talking to him about becoming a mechanic in the guard.

I decided I was useless in the office and went home for lunch to cry privately. When I walked in, the recruiter was sitting at my kitchen table.

I said, “I should punch you in the nose. You know the band wants him.”

He didn’t say a word. He was quiet and respectful. He didn’t tell me he could take me down or have me arrested. He knew Luke was 20 and eligible to serve in the military.

The former recruiter laughs about it now, but I’m still embarrassed! God led Luke correctly. His training as a mechanic led him to a full-time job in the guard.

In Numbers, those 20 years and older were counted, not only for military service, but to inherit a portion of the promised land.

Numbers 26:2, “Take a census of all the congregation of the people of Israel, from twenty years old and upward, by their father’s houses, all in Israel who are able to go to war.” ESV

“A second military census was taken approximately 37 years after the first one…These new figures were to be used in determining the size of the territory alloted to each tribe (vv. 52-56)…Only two men (Joshua and Caleb, who had not rebelled at Kadesh) were counted in both censuses (v. 65).” ESV Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible Notes

Dear Lord,

I pray for all of the men and women who voluntarily chose to serve in our military. I thank you for their sacrifice and the sacrifices their families make. I know that many of them are not much older than 20! I ask you to protect them and give them an inheritance in the land.