The Book of Numbers opens with a God's-eye view of His people -- and as you'd expect, the picture's one of a place for everyone and everyone in their place . . .
Just like Genesis 1.
Now on the ground, I suspect things looked a little different. No, anytime you put that many people in one place, you're going to get traffic jams, lost children, and a large delegation from the Tribe of Dan who don't understand why they can't move their tents to the south side of camp (where the dust won't aggravate their allergies) . . .
Just like Campmeeting.
Despite our best efforts, in other words, people are messy. Their lives are messy. And our best efforts to organize them on a rational basis will never be 100% successful (no matter how many PowerPoint presentations we give).
Just ask Moses.
Yet somehow and despite it all, God sees through the mess and the fuss and the chaos of everyday living . . . and God sees a people "fair as the sun, clear as the moon, and terrible as an army with banners."
Just as He does in Revelation 7.