Today’s reading is: Num. 7
Numbers Chapter Seven
- The twelve princes of the twelve tribes of Israel brought freewill grace gift offerings to the Lord on the day that the tabernacle was completed (Num. 7:1-89 cf. Ex. 40:17).
- The twelve princes are the same leaders that were designated by the Lord when the tribes were enumerated (Num. 7:2; 1:5-16).
- From the Tribes of R,S,J,I,Z,E,M,B,D,A,G,N.
- Elizur, Shelumiel, Nahshon, Nethanel, Eliab, Elishama, Gamaliel, Abidan, Ahiezer, Pagiel, Eliasaph, Ahira.
- The twelve princes brought a collective gift of six carts and twelve oxen for the transportation of the tabernacle (Num. 7:3).
- Two carts and four oxen were given to Gershon for his service (Num. 7:7).
- Four carts and eight oxen were given to Merari for his service (Num. 7:8).
- No carts were given to Kohath, as their service was to carry the holy items with the designated poles (Num. 7:9).
- The twelve leaders offered their offerings to the Lord one per day, over a period of twelve days (Num. 7:10,11,12-83). The tribal princes each brought a חֲנֻכָּה chanukkah #2598: dedication (Num. 7:10,22,84,88; 2nd Chr. 7:9; Neh. 12:27; Ps. 30:title). The Jewish feast by this name commemorates Judas Maccabeus’s rededication of the altar in the intertestamental period.
- The order of the dedications was the same as the order of the camp: JIZ,RSG,EMB,DAN (Num. 2:3-31).
- The twelve day labor did not violate the Sabbath, as this was exactly what the Sabbath was for—the worship of the Lord (Mt. 12:5; Lev. 12:3; Num. 28:9,10).
- Moses was not a priest, but as Mediator (Ex. 20:19; Deut. 5:5; Gal. 3:19,20) he had the privilege of entering into the tabernacle and hearing the voice of God from above the mercy seat (Num. 7:89).