Today we begin Numbers Chapter Seven.
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So what did you think of Numbers Chapter 7?
Did you think it was pretty long and repetitive?
If you did, you’re right on.
Numbers Chapter 7 is one of the longest chapters in all of Scripture totaling approximately 89 verses.
So how are we going to get a handle on some of the mind-numbing contents of this chapter?
Do you recall the proper way to eat an elephant?
One bite at a time.
And that’s exactly how we’re going to absorb and digest the contents of this chapter.
We’ll probably be able to get through it pretty quickly since we’ve encountered a good portion of the contents here before.
Okay, so let’s get our bearings and see exactly where we’re at timing-wise at this point in Scripture.
Everything that occurred in Numbers chapter 7 started on the first day of the first month of the second year after the Israelites left Egypt and ended on the 20th day of the 2nd month of the 2nd year.
We’re talking about a relatively short 50-day period.
Now do you recall what other momentous event occurred on the first day of the first month of the second year?
The construction of the Tabernacle was completed on the first day of the first month of the second year.
And then exactly eight days later, the priesthood was established (notice the timing matches the circumcision ritual).
Here are some other key events that all occurred within the 50-day period from the 1st day of the 1st month of the 2nd year to the 20th day of the 2nd month of the 2nd year.
-The Census of the Israelites (2nd Day of 2nd Month of the 2nd year)
-The Census of the Levites (2nd Day of 2nd Month of the 2nd year)
-Israel began their journey from Mount Sinai when the cloud moved (20th Day of the 2nd Month of 2nd year)
So we’ve got a lot of jam-packed action all taking place within a mere 50-day period.
Everything we read about here took place in the 13th month after the Israelites left Egypt and came to a close BEFORE the end of the following (14th) month.