Numbers 01: The Journey to the Promised Land

Numbers 01: The Journey to the Promised Land

In Hebrew, the Book of Numbers is called "In the Wilderness." That is what this book is all about. It picks up where Exodus left off. We are on our way to the Promised Land. Along the way, there are many lessons to learn about trusting God and believing for miracles in every area of life.

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Chapter 01

A year after Israel’s departure from Egypt, the Lord spoke to Moses in the Tabernacle in the wilderness of Sinai. On the first day of the second month of that year he said, “From the whole community of Israel, record the names of all the warriors by their clans and families. List all the men twenty years old or older who are able to go to war. You and Aaron must register the troops, and you will be assisted by one family leader from each tribe.

“These are the tribes and the names of the leaders who will assist you:

Tribe Leader

Reuben Elizur son of Shedeur

Simeon Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai

Judah Nahshon son of Amminadab

Issachar Nethanel son of Zuar

Zebulun Eliab son of Helon

Ephraim son of Joseph Elishama son of Ammihud

Manasseh son of Joseph Gamaliel son of Pedahzur

Benjamin Abidan son of Gideoni

Dan Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai

Asher Pagiel son of Ocran

Gad Eliasaph son of Deuel

Naphtali Ahira son of Enan

These are the chosen leaders of the community, the leaders of their ancestral tribes, the heads of the clans of Israel.”

So Moses and Aaron called together these chosen leaders, and they assembled the whole community of Israel on that very day. All the people were registered according to their ancestry by their clans and families. The men of Israel who were twenty years old or older were listed one by one, just as the Lord had commanded Moses. So Moses recorded their names in the wilderness of Sinai.

This is the number of men twenty years old or older who were able to go to war, as their names were listed in the records of their clans and families:

Tribe Number

Reuben (Jacob’s oldest son) 46,500

Simeon 59,300

Gad 45,650

Judah 74,600

Issachar 54,400

Zebulun  57,400

Ephraim son of Joseph 40,500

Manasseh son of Joseph 32,200

Benjamin 35,400

Danֲ  62,700

Asherֲ 41,500

Naphtaliֲ 53,400

These were the men registered by Moses and Aaron and the twelve leaders of Israel, all listed according to their ancestral descent. They were registered by families—all the men of Israel who were twenty years old or older and able to go to war. The total number was 603,550.

But this total did not include the Levites. For the Lord had said to Moses, “Do not include the tribe of Levi in the registration; do not count them with the rest of the Israelites. Put the Levites in charge of the Tabernacle of the Covenant, along with all its furnishings and equipment. They must carry the Tabernacle and all its furnishings as you travel, and they must take care of it and camp around it. Whenever it is time for the Tabernacle to move, the Levites will take it down. And when it is time to stop, they will set it up again. But any unauthorized person who goes too near the Tabernacle must be put to death. Each tribe of Israel will camp in a designated area with its own family banner. But the Levites will camp around the Tabernacle of the Covenant to protect the community of Israel from the Lord’s anger. The Levites are responsible to stand guard around the Tabernacle.”

So the Israelites did everything just as the Lord had commanded Moses.




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