Week #19; Wed, May 09: Num. 2:1–6:27
CHAPTER 2–The layout of the camp is given in detail with all companies facing the tent of meeting in strict order by compass direction with three companies on each side. It appears that the order of the camp facilitated moving into march formation when it became time to move (Judah, Ruben, Ephraim, and Dan with the Levites in the midst of the camps of companies and in the order of march). 603,550 fighting men were in the camp; the Levites were not included in the count.
CHAPTER 3–The sons of Aaron included Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. the ordained priests. Nadab and Abihu died before the Lord when they offered unauthorized fire before the Lord. The priestly duties of Eleazar and Ithamar were extensive including ministering at the tabernacle and guarding the camp. The Lord declared that the Levites are His along with all the firstborn. The Levites numbered 22,000 males from a month old and upward; the firstborn numbered 22,273.
CHAPTER 4–The sons of Levi were Gershon, Kohath, Merari. Touching holy things of the tabernacle was sure death for those not authorized to handle them. Duties were assigned to specific clans for specific furnishing and materials. With these specific assignments, the movement of the tent of meeting and tabernacle could occur promptly as needed as the Lord commanded Moses.
CHAPTER 5–Provisions were made for unclean people with a leprous disease or discharge, including those becoming unclean through contact with the dead. Both male and female were put outside the camp so as to not defile the camp. Sins must be confessed and full restitution was required plus one fifth for breaking faith with the Lord. A test for adultery with the “water of bitterness and a curse” was performed by the priest when suspected. A man would be free from iniquity; however, a woman was not.
CHAPTER 6–Nazirites who vowed to separate themselves to the Lord also separated themselves from wine and strong drink; nothing from the grapevine, not even the seeds or the skin. Also, he shall let the hair on the head grow long. He is holy to the Lord. If he becomes defiled, a sin offering, burnt offering, and a guilt offering is required. At his consecration additional offerings are made at the tent of meeting and his head is shaved. Note the special blessing on Aaron that is familiar to many of us today.
NOTE: Here is a YouTube link from A.D. – Archaeology Discovered with Kevin Fisher (ARoadAwakening) that contains all four videos related to material we have covered thus far on Sodom and Gomorrah (with drone footage), Noah’s Ark (Turkish Park site), Red Sea Crossing (materials on the bottom), and the Ark of the Covenant (garden tomb site): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nFq6PCmj24