The Census Part 1

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God orders that a census be taken of the males from twenty years old and upward in all tribes except the Levites.

God Orders A Census.

It was first day of the second month of the second year after the children of Israel had come out of Egypt and they were still encamped in the wilderness of Sinai, when the Lord spoke to Moses once again. This time it was to order a count of the men, twenty years old and over. Each of the twelve tribes was to be counted separately, all that is except the Levites, who were not to be counted at all, since they were the priests of Israel. The reason for this census was to determine the number of men that were able to go to war when it became necessary. It is interesting to note that God had no intention of using children in the army that he was endeavoring to set up but had actually set the age of being considered a man at twenty years. With child soldiers being so prevalent in some countries even today, here Israel would be setting a good example. Moses and Aaron would take with them a man of every tribe; each the head of the house of his fathers and each to become captain over their tribe. “These were the renowned of the congregation, princes of the tribes of their fathers, heads of thousands in Israel. And Moses and Aaron took these men which are expressed by their names: And they assembled all the congregation together on the first day of the second month, and they declared their pedigrees after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward by their polls. As the Lord commanded Moses, so he numbered them in the wilderness of Sinai” Numbers 1: 16-19. Also the members of each tribe were to pitch their tents separately by his own standard with ensign of their father’s house and it had to be away from the tabernacle for the land around the tabernacle was reserved for the Levites.

The Levites Are Numbered.

After all this has been done to his satisfaction, God orders Moses to count the number of the Levites as well, but this time it is different probably because they are not looking for fighting men. All the males of the Levites from a month old and upward are to be enumerated. Later they are divided by families and all are given their particular jobs in the tabernacle. Earlier in his conversations with Moses, God had declared that all of the firstborn of the children of Israel were to be his, now however, he has decided to take all of the tribe of Levi to be his own instead of the firstborn in all of Israel. Women and girls were never listed in Biblical times as their status was considered as being far below the male, in fact while the birth of son was celebrated with great feasts, daughters were rarely mentioned at all. A female soldier was unheard of and of course only males could partake in the priestly office.

The Law Of Jealousies.

To ward of the spread of incurable diseases God commanded that all lepers and those with a discharge of any kind, as well as anyone considered defiled because they touched a dead body, be put out of the camp. “Both male and female shall put out, without the camp shall ye put them; that they defile not their camps in the midst whereof I dwell’’ Numbers 5:3. So far we have heard nothing about divorce but God does mention something called the law of jealousies and it concerns a man suspecting that his wife has been unfaithful to him. God orders that the man take his wife to the priest where a ritual is performed and the woman is made to drink bitter water which has been cursed to prove whether or not she has indeed been deceitful. “And when he had made her to drink the water, then it shall come to pass that if she has been defiled, and have done trespass against her husband, that the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter, and her belly shall swell, and her thigh shall rot: and the woman shall be a curse among her people. And if the woman be not defiled, but be clean; then she shall be free, and shall conceive seed” Numbers 5:27-28. It should be noted here that no mention is made of what happens should the man be unfaithful to his wife! As we know from earlier writings that it was common for a man to have more than one wife and even in the New Testament, Paul writes to Timothy that “a bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife” 1 Timothy 3:2. It seems than that even the early Christians practiced polygamy!

The Vow Of A Nazarite.

Sometimes people, both men and women want to dedicate themselves to serving God in a special way. During the time of Moses it was often referred to as taking the vow of a Nazirite and God had very specific instructions about how this was to be done. “When either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite, to separate themselves unto the Lord: He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes or dried. All the days of his separation shall he eat nothing that is made of the vine tree, from the kernels even to the husk. All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto the Lord, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow. All the days that he separateth himself to the Lord he shall come near no dead body. He shall not make himself unclean for his father, or for his mother, or for his brother, or for his sister, when they die: because the consecration of his God is upon his head. All the days of his separation, he is holy unto the Lord” Numbers 6:2-8. If it should happen that someone die suddenly by his side, he had to immediate go to the priest where a special ritual was performed and an offering made unto the Lord.

The Blessing.

It is also here in the wilderness of Sinai that God gives Aaron the words that he must use when he blesses the children of Israel.
“The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:
The Lord make his face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee
The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace”
Numbers 6:24-26.
To Be Continued.
See also:
In The Beginning God Part1
Let My People Go Part 1
Atonement Part 1

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author avatar Retired
10th Dec 2015 (#)

Another terrific page! Thanks for sharing!!

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author avatar Kingwell
11th Dec 2015 (#)

Thank you Jessica. You never miss one of my posts. Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
10th Dec 2015 (#)

presumably God would already know these numbers, and he is doing this for Mose's benefit.

I wonder what that bitter water was really?

the start of a new series Kingwell.

Maybe you will eventually cover the whole old Testament!!

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author avatar Kingwell
11th Dec 2015 (#)

Thank you spirited. I hope to continue as long as I can. It would be great to finish the Old Testament and even continue into the New but I will take it one day at a time. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
10th Dec 2015 (#)

It is fascinating to learn the beliefs of primitive people, but worrying that "old wives tales" are often allowed to acquire divine sanction.

Lack of understanding - on many issues - has unfortunately been perpetuated in the modern world because it has been believed to be "God given".

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author avatar Kingwell
11th Dec 2015 (#)

Thank you John and you are absolutely right. These old legends were passed down by word of mouth before they were written down of course and we all know what happens then. Certainly there were some wise people at the time. An example of this is sound in the commandment to keep one day in seven as a day of rest. It was necessary for both people and animals. Gems of truth are to be found too but I would never advise anyone to take the Bible literally. Blessings.

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author avatar M G Singh
10th Dec 2015 (#)

nice tale from ancient times, but never the less just a tale

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author avatar Kingwell
11th Dec 2015 (#)

Thank you Madan and I agree. Certainly not to be taken literally. Blessings.

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author avatar Shamarie
10th Dec 2015 (#)

Good share, friend! Blessings to you!!!

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author avatar Kingwell
11th Dec 2015 (#)

Thank You Shamarie. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Dec 2015 (#)

Thanks Kingwell, for me it is fascinating to learn these as they enlighten me about our beliefs. These implore us that we should exercise choice and prudence when it matters and not become blind followers.

Every belief has those that do not make sense but at least the majority knows how to overlook them but few try to defend them as the "gospel truth".

Sadly, women are not treated fairly in many countries and faiths and still are enslaved by scriptures that make no sense.
For me nothing should be cast in stone as evolution and creation is ever dynamic; sort of we should move with the times and able to separate the wheat from the chaff - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
12th Dec 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva for putting it so eloquently. Blessings.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
21st Dec 2015 (#)

Beautiful post with your seal of excellence my dear friend, Have yourself a very merry Christmas and a prosperous and blessed New year my dear Kingwell!

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author avatar Kingwell
21st Dec 2015 (#)

Thank you Fern. Blessings.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
10th Sep 2016 (#)

as always full of information dear Kingwell...
sorry i am not around more to read your wonderful posts but you are always in my heart...

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