Today we finish Leviticus 🎉 with the Lord’s instructions on redeeming gifts offered to Him. Part of the instructions include assigning values to a person based on their age and usefulness to society…sort of like a modern day insurance plan. The book ends with the Lord saying “These are the commandments which the Lord commanded Moses for the children of Israel on Mount Sinai”.
Next, we jump into the book of Numbers. This book begins with Moses taking a census on the “first day of the second month, in the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt”. The census highlights God’s promise to Abraham that He would make him a great nation. The 70 Israelites that came to Egypt during the famine have grown to what most scholars believe to be over 2 million Israelites. We read that Aaron and Moses took a head from each tribe and then counted the men over 20 eligible for war with Judah being the largest tribe. Also, we see Jacob’s blessing of Joseph’s younger son over the older son played out here as well with Ephraim having the greater tribe than Manasseh.
Lastly, we read that the Levites were not included in the census with the tribes of Israel bc they were to be set apart for the work of the tabernacle. Keep reading bc tomorrow we see our orderly God further organizing His people for the wilderness journey.
(Leviticus 27:1-34, Numbers 1:1-54)