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- (if anyone grew up catholic you will get this) “Forgive me Father, for I have sinned, it has been 40 years since my last confession. After reading Nashon’s offering, I skimmed”. 😣
Today’s chapter reading describes the offerings the tribes of Israel made for the tabernacle.
The process of altar dedication takes twelve days, and offerings by a leader representing each of the tribes are made on each of these sacred days. The offerings:
|Day 1||Nahshon the son of Amminadab, of the tribe of Judah|
|Day 2||Nethanel the son of Zuar, the chief of Issachar|
|Day 3||Eliab the son of Helon, the chief of the people of Zebulun|
|Day 4||Elizur the son of Shedeur, the chief of the people of Reuben|
|Day 5||Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai, the chief of the people of Simeon|
|Day 6||Eliasaph the son of Deuel, the chief of the people of Gad|
|Day 7||Elishama the son of Ammihud, the chief of the people of Ephraim|
|Day 8||Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur, the chief of the people of Manasseh|
|Day 9||Abidan the son of Gideoni, the chief of the people of Benjamin|
|Day 10||Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai, the chief of the people of Dan|
|Day 11||Pagiel the son of Ochran, the chief of the people of Asher|
|Day 12||Ahira the son of Enan, the chief of the people of Naphtali|
The leaders who make the offerings are the same as those who assist with the census in Num 1:5–15, but there is a distinct order of offering.
Here in Num 7:1–88 the order of offering is influenced by the order of encampment given in Num 2:1–34.
In case you “skimmed”, like me. (Evidently my husband has not skipped a word, but I think he is a liar!)The chapter ends with a large summary of all the offerings and donations given for the tabernacle. Plates, basins, dishes, bulls, rams, lambs, grain offerings, goats.
The tabernacle itself is anointed when it is dedicated.
89 And when Moses went into the tent of meeting to speak with the LORD, he heard the voice speaking to him from above the mercy seat that was on the ark of the testimony, from between the two cherubim; and it spoke to him.
Once it was dedicated, Moses entered the tent of meeting and the LORD spoke to him from the mercy seat.
What a moment!!! Time to start packing our bags…we are so close to getting on the road!