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February 14, 2007

Numbers 7
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Numbers
Chapter 7
  1. And it came to pass on the day that Moses had fully set up the tabernacle, and had anointed it, and sanctified it, and all the instruments thereof, both the altar and all the vessels thereof, and had anointed them, and sanctified them;
  2. That the princes of Israel, heads of the house of their fathers, who were the princes of the tribes, and were over them that were numbered, offered:
  3. And they brought their offering before the LORD, six covered wagons, and twelve oxen; a wagon for two of the princes, and for each one an ox: and they brought them before the tabernacle.
  4. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
  5. Take it of them, that they may be to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; and thou shalt give them unto the Levites, to every man according to his service.
  6. And Moses took the wagons and the oxen, and gave them unto the Levites.
  7. Two wagons and four oxen he gave unto the sons of Gershon, according to their service:
  8. And four wagons and eight oxen he gave unto the sons of Merari, according unto their service, under the hand of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest.
  9. But unto the sons of Kohath he gave none: because the service of the sanctuary belonging unto them was that they should bear upon their shoulders.
  10. And the princes offered for dedicating of the altar in the day that it was anointed, even the princes offered their offering before the altar.
  11. And the LORD said unto Moses, They shall offer their offering, each prince on his day, for the dedicating of the altar.
  12. And he that offered his offering the first day was Nahshon the son of Amminadab, of the tribe of Judah:
  13. And his offering was one silver charger, the weight thereof was an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them were full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering:
  14. One spoon of ten shekels of gold, full of incense:
  15. One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering:
  16. One kid of the goats for a sin offering:
  17. And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Nahshon the son of Amminadab.
  18. On the second day Nethaneel the son of Zuar, prince of Issachar, did offer:
  19. He offered for his offering one silver charger, the weight whereof was an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering:
  20. One spoon of gold of ten shekels, full of incense:
  21. One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering:
  22. One kid of the goats for a sin offering:
  23. And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Nethaneel the son of Zuar.
  24. On the third day Eliab the son of Helon, prince of the children of Zebulun, did offer:
  25. His offering was one silver charger, the weight whereof was an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering:
  26. One golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense:
  27. One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering:
  28. One kid of the goats for a sin offering:
  29. And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Eliab the son of Helon.
  30. On the fourth day Elizur the son of Shedeur, prince of the children of Reuben, did offer:
  31. His offering was one silver charger of the weight of an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering:
  32. One golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense:
  33. One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering:
  34. One kid of the goats for a sin offering:
  35. And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Elizur the son of Shedeur.
  36. On the fifth day Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai, prince of the children of Simeon, did offer:
  37. His offering was one silver charger, the weight whereof was an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering:
  38. One golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense:
  39. One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering:
  40. One kid of the goats for a sin offering:
  41. And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai.
  42. On the sixth day Eliasaph the son of Deuel, prince of the children of Gad, offered:
  43. His offering was one silver charger of the weight of an hundred and thirty shekels, a silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering:
  44. One golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense:
  45. One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering:
  46. One kid of the goats for a sin offering:
  47. And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Eliasaph the son of Deuel.
  48. On the seventh day Elishama the son of Ammihud, prince of the children of Ephraim, offered:
  49. His offering was one silver charger, the weight whereof was an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering:
  50. One golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense:
  51. One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering:
  52. One kid of the goats for a sin offering:
  53. And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Elishama the son of Ammihud.
  54. On the eighth day offered Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur, prince of the children of Manasseh:
  55. His offering was one silver charger of the weight of an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering:
  56. One golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense:
  57. One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering:
  58. One kid of the goats for a sin offering:
  59. And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur.
  60. On the ninth day Abidan the son of Gideoni, prince of the children of Benjamin, offered:
  61. His offering was one silver charger, the weight whereof was an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering:
  62. One golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense:
  63. One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering:
  64. One kid of the goats for a sin offering:
  65. And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Abidan the son of Gideoni.
  66. On the tenth day Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai, prince of the children of Dan, offered:
  67. His offering was one silver charger, the weight whereof was an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering:
  68. One golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense:
  69. One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering:
  70. One kid of the goats for a sin offering:
  71. And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai.
  72. On the eleventh day Pagiel the son of Ocran, prince of the children of Asher, offered:
  73. His offering was one silver charger, the weight whereof was an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering:
  74. One golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense:
  75. One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering:
  76. One kid of the goats for a sin offering:
  77. And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Pagiel the son of Ocran.
  78. On the twelfth day Ahira the son of Enan, prince of the children of Naphtali, offered:
  79. His offering was one silver charger, the weight whereof was an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering:
  80. One golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense:
  81. One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering:
  82. One kid of the goats for a sin offering:
  83. And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Ahira the son of Enan.
  84. This was the dedication of the altar, in the day when it was anointed, by the princes of Israel: twelve chargers of silver, twelve silver bowls, twelve spoons of gold:
  85. Each charger of silver weighing an hundred and thirty shekels, each bowl seventy: all the silver vessels weighed two thousand and four hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary:
  86. The golden spoons were twelve, full of incense, weighing ten shekels apiece, after the shekel of the sanctuary: all the gold of the spoons was an hundred and twenty shekels.
  87. All the oxen for the burnt offering were twelve bullocks, the rams twelve, the lambs of the first year twelve, with their meat offering: and the kids of the goats for sin offering twelve.
  88. And all the oxen for the sacrifice of the peace offerings were twenty and four bullocks, the rams sixty, the he goats sixty, the lambs of the first year sixty. This was the dedication of the altar, after that it was anointed.
  89. And when Moses was gone into the tabernacle of the congregation to speak with him, then he heard the voice of one speaking unto him from off the mercy seat that was upon the ark of testimony, from between the two cherubims: and he spake unto him.


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 This chapter deals with the offerings brought by the heads of the twelve tribes following the completion of the Tabernacle. Verses 1-9 deal with the offering for the service of the Tabernacle, and the remainder of the chapter deals with the offering for the dedication of the altar. The chapter opens with a description of the gift that was give to the Levites for the purpose of the transportation of the Tabernacle. It consisted of six covered wagons and twelve oxen. The Lord commanded Moses to disperse these items among the Levites who needed them. The Merarites received four wagons and eight oxen because they had the responsibility to carry all the pillars for the court of the Tabernacle. The Gershonites were given the remaining two wagons and four oxen because they were required to transport the curtains of the Tabernacle, which would not be as heavy as the pillars. However, the Kohathites received nothing. This was because God commanded them to carry the furniture of the Tabernacle with staves upon their shoulders ( Numbers 4:15).

 I wonder if the Kohathites ever grumbled about the added work they had to do. After all, it wasn't any easier to carry furniture than it was to carry drapes. I wonder if they thought that Moses, or even God Himself, was unfair in the distribution of the blessings. Often a Christian will look at his situation and compare it with the circumstances of those around him. Through short-sighted, sinful, human eyes, it sometimes appears that others are getting preferential treatment from the Lord. Yet we know that God knows exactly what He is doing, and that He always gives us precisely what we need to accomplish His plan. The Bible does not tell us why the furniture had to be carried, but we surmise it to be because it was holy, and therefore should not be moved around by common beasts, nor risk being destroyed by an overturned cart or a runaway ox. We also know what happened when the people of Israel chose to violate God's prescribed means of movement. In II Samuel 6, David made the preparations to return the Ark to Jerusalem after a long absence. Verse three of that chapter states,

"And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart."
The Jews chose a new cart which had never been defiled, and attempted to transport the Ark in the same manner that the Philistines did when they had it ( I Sam. 6:7). However, this was not God's plan, and the reason why soon became evident, for in verses 6-7 we are told,
"And when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God."
God had always made it clear that He was not to be defiled by sin. His holy mountain was not to be touched ( Ex 19:12), nor was His Ark, except by the High Priest after making an atonement for his own sin. Had the Kohathites moved the ark with the staves instead of the cart, Uzzah would have been spared.

 God's program for each of us is always correct. He always gives us exactly what we need. We should not concern ourselves with what others may be doing. In John 21:21 Peter asked the Lord what His plans were for John's life and ministry. Christ's response to him in verse 22 is His same response to us:

"What is that to thee? Follow thou me."

Pastor Dr. Mark J Montgomery

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