A very warm welcome back to
Bread! We're moving right along now and we're already up to the fourth book
of Moses called Numbers. The title "Numbers" comes from the act of the
numbering or counting of the Israelites. The stories in the book of Numbers
are about Israel's experiences as they wander in the wilderness on their
journey to the Promised Land.
The Lord told Moses to take a census
of the children of Israel, every male twenty years old and up that are able
to go to war in Israel. Moses and Aaron were told to number them according
to their families and they would be the armies of Israel.
There was a man from each tribe who
God chose as the chosen of the congregation, princes of the tribes of their
fathers and heads of thousands. They are named in
After one month they gathered together
and told Moses their numbers. This is an account of how many there were
from 20 years old and up in each tribe (Family bloodline):
NUMBER ISRAEL LESSON WITH NUMBER ISRAEL EXPLANATION AND NUMBER ISRAEL
All together there were 603,550 that
were able to go to war in Israel. But the Levites weren't counted with them
because the Lord told Moses, Don't count the tribe of Levi, but appoint them
over the tabernacle of testimony and over all the vessels and things that
belong to it. They'll carry the tabernacle and all the things with it and
minister to it and they'll camp round about the tabernacle. They'll take it
down and set it up and any stranger that comes near it will be put to death.
God told Moses where each tribe would
pitch their tents in the camp and the children of Israel did according to
all that the Lord commanded Moses.
If you would like to research this
Chapter 2 tells who the Lord named captains of each tribe and the
locations around the camp where each would pitch their tents whenever they
moved from place to place in the wilderness.
NUMBER ISRAEL INFORMATION WITH NUMBER ISRAEL MEANING AND
NUMBER ISRAEL DISCUSSION
It's interesting to note how organized
God kept His people. When they traveled they always traveled in the same
order and manner with the camp of Judah, which included the tribes of Judah,
Issachar and Zebulun, always breaking camp first and in the first rank.
Next went the camp of Reuben which included the tribes of Reuben, Simeon,
and Gad. They were the second rank. Then the tabernacle of the
congregation with the camp of the Levites was next. After that the camp of
Ephraim, which included the tribes of Ephraim, Manasseh, and Benjamin,
making up the third rank. And breaking camp last and bringing up the fourth
rank was the camp of Dan, which included the tribes of Dan, Asher, and
So that was the way the armies of God
came about. They didn't have automatic machine guns or nuclear, biological
or any other weapons other than the swords that they brought with them out
of Egypt ... and the best Commander a soldier could ever hope for.
Join us again next time to journey
with the children of Israel and the armies of God through the wilderness, as
we sojourn through the book of Numbers here at Daily Bread. At ease.