From today’s reading in the One Year Chronological Bible dated 2/15:

Today Moses anointed and consecrated the tabernacle and everything in it. “Then the leaders of Israel, the heads of their fathers’ houses, who were the leaders of the tribes and over those who were numbered, made an offering.” Ok, so we haven’t read this yet but we will on Feb 26. Something to look forward to. 😁 One month after the tabernacle was built, the Lord instructs Moses to take a census from each tribe, except the Levites, “From twenty years old and above – all who are able to go to war in Israel…” (Num 1:3) “But the Levites were not numbered among them by their father’s tribe; for the Lord has spoken to Moses, saying: “Only the tribe of Levi you shall not number, nor take a census of them among the children of Israel; but you shall appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of Testimony, over all it’s furnishing, and over all things that belong to it; they shall carry the tabernacle and all of its furnishings; they shall attend to it and camp around the tabernacle.” (Num 1:47-50) Remember that Moses and his brother Aaron are from the tribe of Levi. So in today’s reading, Moses collects offerings from each tribe except the tribe of Levi. The offerings were given to the Levites so they could use it for the work of the tabernacle. Note also that no carts nor oxen were given to the sons of Kohath, from the tribe of Levi. This was because they have the job of carrying, by hand, the holy things. We will read more about that later. It is definitely a high pressure job! Alright, so all of these names can get real confusing. Let’s break down the 12 tribes of Israel bc if Jacob had 12 sons and the Levites aren’t supposed to be counted among the 12 tribes, how do we still have 12 tribes?! 🧐 Here is a list in the order mentioned in today’s reading:
Levi – Leah’s son (not counted)
1) Judah – Leah’s son
2) Issachar – Leah’s son
3) Zebulun – Leah’s son
4) Reuben – Leah’s son
5) Simeon – Leah’s son
6) Gad – Leah’s servant’s son
7) Ephraim – Joseph’s son, Rachel’s grandson
8) Manasseh – Joseph’s son, Rachel’s grandson
9) Benjamin – Rachel’s son
10) Dan – Rachel’s servant’s son
11) Asher – Leah’s servant’s son
12) Naphtali – Rachel’s servant’s son
On Jan 18th we read that Jacob took Jospeh’s 2 sons to be as if they were his sons. (Gen 48:5) We see that played out here. Keep reading bc tomorrow the children of Israel celebrate their second Passover.

(Numbers 7:1-89)

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