Week #20; Wed, May 16: Num. 7:1–11:35
CHAPTER 7: Following the setting of the tabernacle by Moses, 12 days of offerings were made by the chiefs of the tribes of Israel for it’s consecration. The altar was anointed and dedicated with offerings from the chiefs of Israel as well.
CHAPTER 8: The Lord also spoke to Moses to have Aaron set up the seven lamps in front of the lampstands. Additionally, the Lord spoke to Moses instructing him on the cleansing of the Levites for service to the Lord; offerings were made and they were separated for service to the Lord at the tent of meeting. The Levites were wholly given to the Lord by the people of Israel instead of the firstborn of both man and beast as in Egypt. The Levites served from age 25 to 50 and no more; beyond that, they were considered retired.
CHAPTER 9: The Lord spoke to Moses to have the Passover observed at its appointed time. The cloud covered the tabernacle by day and appeared as fire by night. When the cloud moved, it was a sign for the people of Israel to break camp and move to where the cloud settled down. The time between movements varied form days to months. This way, the Lord led the people of Israel through the wilderness.
CHAPTER 10: Two silver trumpets were made for summoning the congregation and for breaking camp. These horns were used for gathering and alarms. They also signaled the tribes to set out by stages in the prescribed order of movement and when offerings were presented to the Lord. Two years and two months elapsed before the people of Israel were led by the Lord out of Sinai.
Note that Moses said to Hobab the son of Reuel, the MIDIANITE, Moses father-in-law, to come with the people of Israel to the place the Lord said, “I will give you.” That tells me that they were in the Saini of Arabia, beyond the Red Sea at that time at the mount of the Lord.
CHAPTER 11: The Lord heard the people complaining about manna and a craving for meat. Fire of the Lord burned among them. The Lord also heard Moses complaining about having too much to do so He appointed 70 elders to help Moses. The Lord provided meat to the people for 30 days until it came out of their nostrils and became loathsome to them because they rejected the Lord by saying, “Why did we come out of Egypt?” The Lord sent quail two cubits deep in the camp; those that had the craving were struck down while the meat was still between their teeth.