Numbers 4-5:31 (New King James Version)
Duties of the Sons of Kohath
Duties of the Sons of Gershon
Duties of the Sons of Merari
Census of the LevitesI had wondered why these had special places around the camps. They had specific roles in transport of the tabernacle when God told them to move, 40 years in the desert.
It is very specific, God is very specific on how to handle His property. Oh that we would choose to continue that respect.
Numbers 6:1-27; Numbers 10:1-36 (New King James Version)
The Law of the NaziriteThis is someone who chooses to sanctify himself in service to the Lord for a specific time.
Two Silver TrumpetsMade to announce calling together the congregation, sounding an alarm, moving, etc.
They depart Sinai
Then the tabernacle was taken down; and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari set out, carrying the tabernacle.
Then the Kohathites set out, carrying the holy things. (The tabernacle would be prepared for their arrival.)
Numbers 11-13:33 (New King James Version)
The People Complain - We hear this alot, can you say amen!
God gets displeased and His fire starts killing people on the outer edges. Moses prays to the Lord, and He stops killing them.
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Now, back to the complaining Israelites, Moses' intercessory prayer, and the wrath of God and how prayer for the lost sheep of Israel changes destruction.........
So, the people are tired of manna and long for the food they had in Egypt and God says that they shall have so much meat to eat for 30 days that it will be coming out of their nostrils.
Moses wants to know how that can happen because of the quantity of people 600k men plus women and children - is he supposed to slaughter all the flocks and herds to feed them meat? God lets him know that there will be no flocks and herds consumed - He will provide the meat. Oh, that we would remember that God provides all, that we are just His creation that He wants us to choose to serve Him.
God chooses 70 chosen men to prophesy for a time. Two men in the camp were also given voices of prophesy and Joshua wanted to know if they were to be punished and Moses asked him if he was jealous.
The LORD Sends Quail - The air is thick with quail. People are gathering and harvesting quail and while they are in their teeth, God strikes a plague on them and they die on the spot.
Miriam and Aaron speak against Moses. God defends Moses, strikes Miriam with leprosy. Aaron and Moses pray for her, God says she needs to be away from the camp for 7 days and then He will heal her.
12 Spies sent into Canaan
So, they were gone for 40 days and came back with a good/bad report. The land had awesome food, but the people were huge and many and and and. They FORGOT that God had told them the lands were occupied but that He would drive them out as they got there.
Same goes for us! He is orchestrating circumstances in our lives so we just move in!