Daily Bread Devotional Bible Study
The Fourth Book of Moses Called Numbers
Chapter 1 and 2
12 Israelite Tribes
Count the People of Israel
Welcome to our Christianity Oasis Daily Bread study program. This is
our 12 Israelite Tribes Bible study takes a look into the Moses told
to Count the People story and how it affects your be-YOU-tiful
12 Israelite Tribes Study
Count the People Explained
Happy you could join us today at Daily 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 Numbers 1:5-15.
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):
12 Israelite Tribes Census
Count the People Totals
Benjamin – 35,400
Dan – 62,700
Asher – 41,500
Naphtali – 53,400
- Reuben – 46,500
- Simeon – 59,300
- Gad – 45,650
- Judah – 74,600
- Issachar – 54,400
- Zebulon – 57,400
- Ephraim – 40,500
- Manasseh – 32,200
12 Israelite Tribes Lesson
Count the People of 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
If you would like to research this further, 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.
12 Israelite Tribes Become an Army
Count the People for War
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 Naphtali.
So that was how 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.
12 Israelite Tribes Summary
Count the People Conclusion
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.
Click the link below for the story of David numbering people:
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