Numbers 7

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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”. 😣

Numbers 7:

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.

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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!

4 thoughts on “Numbers 7

  1. If you read about one leaders offering you read them all because it was literally cut and paste except for the leader and tribe name. I guess what I keep being overwhelmed with is the detail. So much precision and attention to detail of dedicating the altar and today it all led up to verse 89 where Moses went in to speak with the Lord and get this!! Moses heard God speak from above the mercy seat!!!

    Can you even imagine?? Sometimes when I struggle to hear God speak I wonder if it has to do with my own preparation or a lack of attention to details…you know-that sin isn’t such a big deal or why should that attitude or thought matter…but our God cares about the details so maybe I should too and I definitely do NOT mean in a legalistic way at all but in how I live my life as a believer.


    1. Yes, Rachel, the more I read about the elaborate preparations to approach the throne of God I am so convicted about my oftentimes casual approach. These passages have truly caused me to stop and think about how I worship and pray!


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