Numbers 1-2 Marching orders

From Numbers 1-2

04 NumbersGenealogies are important to the Hebrews. Sometimes they are lists of people the Hebrews wanted to be part of (e.g. Entering the promised land; Num 26.4-51, returning from exile; Neh 7.5). At other times they became sources of contention (1 Tim 1.4).

This post is part of my bible in a year series.

Passage and Comments

One thing that strikes me as distinctive about the Hebrews is that they like to keep records and they like to be included in lists. Check this passage out.

 [32] These are the people of Israel as listed by their fathers’ houses. All those listed in the camps by their companies were 603,550. [33] But the Levites were not listed among the people of Israel, as the LORD commanded Moses. [34] Thus did the people of Israel. According to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so they camped by their standards, and so they set out, each one in his clan, according to his fathers’ house. (Nu 2:32-34)

What I found encouraging was the last reference to the Levite tribe. While they were not exactly numbered in the census, the recorders anxious to included them kept referring to them anyhow. The two chapters note a few times how Israel followed the LORD’s commands. Its helpful to note their obedience when it happens. It doesn’t happen often.

Story of Israel

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Genealogies are important to the Hebrews . Sometimes they are lists of people the Hebrews wanted to be part of (e.g. Entering the promised land; Num 26.4-51, returning from exile; Neh 7.5). At other times they became sources of contention (1 Tim 1.4).

Story of Jesus

The gospels of Matthew and Luke both list the genealogies Jesus is part of. It was important to Paul to mention Jesus was a descendent of King David (2 Tim 2.8; Rom 1.3). It infers that Jesus is the Christ.

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