Numbers Chapter 1

Numbers 1

1And the LORD spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle of the congregation, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying,

2Take ye the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, after their families, by the house of their fathers, with the number of their names, every male by their polls;

3From twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel: thou and Aaron shall number them by their armies.

4And with you there shall be a man of every tribe; every one head of the house of his fathers.

5And these are the names of the men that shall stand with you: of the tribe of Reuben; Elizur the son of Shedeur.

6Of Simeon; Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai.

7Of Judah; Nahshon the son of Amminadab.

8Of Issachar; Nethaneel the son of Zuar.

9Of Zebulun; Eliab the son of Helon.

10Of the children of Joseph: of Ephraim; Elishama the son of Ammihud: of Manasseh; Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur.

11Of Benjamin; Abidan the son of Gideoni.

12Of Dan; Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai.

13Of Asher; Pagiel the son of Ocran.

14Of Gad; Eliasaph the son of Deuel.

15Of Naphtali; Ahira the son of Enan.

16These were the renowned of the congregation, princes of the tribes of their fathers, heads of thousands in Israel.

17And Moses and Aaron took these men which are expressed by their names:

18And 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 the names, from twenty years old and upward, by their polls.

19As the LORD commanded Moses, so he numbered them in the wilderness of Sinai.

20And the children of Reuben, Israel’s eldest son, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, by their polls, every male from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;

21Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Reuben, were forty and six thousand and five hundred.

22Of the children of Simeon, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, those that were numbered of them, according to the number of the names, by their polls, every male from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;

23Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Simeon, were fifty and nine thousand and three hundred.

24Of the children of Gad, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;

25Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Gad, were forty and five thousand six hundred and fifty.

26Of the children of Judah, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;

27Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Judah, were threescore and fourteen thousand and six hundred.

28Of the children of Issachar, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;

29Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Issachar, were fifty and four thousand and four hundred.

30Of the children of Zebulun, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;

31Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Zebulun, were fifty and seven thousand and four hundred.

32Of the children of Joseph, namely, of the children of Ephraim, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;

33Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Ephraim, were forty thousand and five hundred.

34Of the children of Manasseh, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;

35Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Manasseh, were thirty and two thousand and two hundred.

36Of the children of Benjamin, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;

37Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Benjamin, were thirty and five thousand and four hundred.

38Of the children of Dan, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;

39Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Dan, were threescore and two thousand and seven hundred.

40Of the children of Asher, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;

41Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Asher, were forty and one thousand and five hundred.

42Of the children of Naphtali, throughout their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;

43Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Naphtali, were fifty and three thousand and four hundred.

44These are those that were numbered, which Moses and Aaron numbered, and the princes of Israel, being twelve men: each one was for the house of his fathers.

45So were all those that were numbered of the children of Israel, by the house of their fathers, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war in Israel;

46Even all they that were numbered were six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty.

47But the Levites after the tribe of their fathers were not numbered among them.

48For the LORD had spoken unto Moses, saying,

49Only thou shalt not number the tribe of Levi, neither take the sum of them among the children of Israel:

50But thou shalt appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony, and over all the vessels thereof, and over all things that belong to it: they shall bear the tabernacle, and all the vessels thereof; and they shall minister unto it, and shall encamp round about the tabernacle.

51And when the tabernacle setteth forward, the Levites shall take it down: and when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the Levites shall set it up: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.

52And the children of Israel shall pitch their tents, every man by his own camp, and every man by his own standard, throughout their hosts.

53But the Levites shall pitch round about the tabernacle of testimony, that there be no wrath upon the congregation of the children of Israel: and the Levites shall keep the charge of the tabernacle of testimony.

54And the children of Israel did according to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so did they.

19 thoughts on “Numbers Chapter 1

  1. WE COUNT

    2 Take ye the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, after their families, by the house of their fathers, with the number of their names, every male by their polls;

    Why do we invest so much time in counting and place so much emphasis on attendance? The LORD said to do so. GOD already knows the Numbers, he simply desires for us to know as well.

    Moses was instructed to count the men of war, while crowds are great and a necessity to continue to grow HIS Kingdom, it is the nuber of those ready for battle that GOD takes great interest in.

    It is our time to be counted in the Numbers of GODS armies!

    iWork

  2. in my talkings with other people I have met, telling them of all the great things God is doing around POFW, many very sceptically add God is not interested in numbers. Here we see He is ery interested in numbers, and with as many people as are in the reigon of Ft. Worth, we have a lot of people to get the word to.

  3. v 19 As the Lord commanded Moses , so he numbered them in the wilderness.

    We are to be counted in the wilderness where there is nothing. There is where we learn to depend and obey the commandments of The LORD.
    Stand up and be counted in the army
    Of The LORD.

  4. 2 “From the whole community of Israel, record the names of all the warriors by their clans and families. List all the men, (NLT)

    This reminds me of a song I used to sing as a kid, “I’m in the Lord’s Army” We are all warriors in God’s army so we must rise up and be counted.

  5. Moses counted the Israelites twice. The first census organized the people into marching units to better defend themselves. The second prepared them to conquer the country east of the Jordan River.

    People have to be organized, trained, and led to be effective in great movements. It is always wise to count the cost before setting out on some great undertaking. Without a census, the task of conquereing and organizing the promised land would have been more difficult. When we are aware of the obstacles before us, we can more easily aviod them. In God’s work, we must remove barriers in our relationships with others so that our effectiveness is not diminished.

  6. A Level of Maturity

    Over the age of 20 was required to be apart of the army. I can remember as a little child my parents telling me “your to young to…ect.” There was not a level of maturity that I know have because I am now older.

  7. 50But thou shalt appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony, and over all the vessels thereof, and over all things that belong to it: they shall bear the tabernacle, and all the vessels thereof; and they shall minister unto it, and shall encamp round about the tabernacle.

    51And when the tabernacle setteth forward, the Levites shall take it down: and when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the Levites shall set it up: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death

    The ministry of the Levitical priesthood is still alive and well today in the modern-church. To those who look after the necessary things on a daily basis, turning on/off lights, locking and unlocking the doors of sanctuary, cleaning, driving vans or buses, serving in hospitality, praise team/choir; everything mentioned is serving so that we can have Church. Thank you for serving!

  8. V18 One day we will be counted and give account of our pedigree, whether we are of the household of faith and children of God or not.

  9. This chapter makes me think of bro Godwin. Can you wear your daddy’s coat? Makes me think of him preaching about fathers in the gospel. // I wrote that last night and never hit post comment! It was still in my browser

  10. In reading this chapter, I realize that numbers do matter, but not how many are in the church, but how many in the church are ready for war. There are churches with hundreds, and thousands of members, but no warriors.

  11. This chapter illustrates inspiration. When God makes a promise or a prophecy is proclaimed you can rest assured it will happen. God told Abraham he would be multiplied, which this was just the beginning of the promise. There have been other prophecies proclaimed in the not too distant past, which will also be revealed in the not too distant future. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  12. It was not an option for them to do the will of God, They were commanded to do it. We should not treat God’s voice as a sudgestion rather a commandment. All but one trie were warriors. Warriors dont say much they just fight. They have no option but to fight that is their job. Be counted and fight. Even the Levites had to kill the stranger that came near the tabernacle. This tells me that God is serious aout keeping his Church pure and holy and we need to be ready to put somethings to death even when they get near us. He didnt say to kill the stranger after he was in the tabernacle. He said to kill the stranger when he got near. Gods fight is exiting! We will kill the enemy before he attacks.

  13. The collective group was managed by people that were set in place by the man of God. When they began to account for every person that was in this place they counted the men that were old enough to go to war. While wemon and youth are still there and important, the ones who are accountable, or responsible for the well being of the group were those who were numbered. It is interesting that God did not allow Moses to number the Levites. They were entrusted with the care of the tabernacle, but no one knew how many people were actually there to guard it. This could help keep an enemy at bay because if you don’t know how many there ate guarding a place you don’t know how much you will have to fight to take or destroy it.

  14. The army of the Lord is strong and mighty. We should all desire to be in the Army of the Lord and be ready for battle. Someone elses future/life may depend on our readiness!

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