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Heidegger's Bible Handbook: Numbers: The Purpose of Numbers

3. The scope. Argumentation from the lesser to the greater: If God had carnal Israelites in number; much more did He number the true Israelites.

Therefore, the scope of this singular book is, that from the history of things comprehended in this book the most constant truth of God might be recognized in blessings and judgments: then also, that from the history of the Israelite Church, which is a type of the Christian, we might become acquainted with the condition and manner of our church, and of all ours, and, with this learned, we, going before the judgment of God with true faith and repentance, might rest, as God’s peculiar people, in His grace and truth. Rightly also do we thus calculate: If the Lord had all the carnal Israelites in number, much more does He have in number the true, elect Israelites. For the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal: The Lord knoweth them that are His. Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity, 2 Timothy 2:19.

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