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Today, you begin to read the neat book of Numbers. I say that because it is far more than just a bunch of numbers! You will see the registration of all fighting men in the twelve tribes of Israel, but you'll also see the stages of Israel's history before entering the Promised Land. Pay attention to what you read. You'll come upon some of the most familiar stories in the Bible, including how a bronze snake would be used in the New Testament as a visual aid to Christ's crucifixion!
Numbers 1 - You may or may not remember that back in Exodus 38:26 the number of fighting men in Israel's twelve tribes was known. The reason why is that they were numbered in Numbers chapter one. That doesn't mean that Moses guessed the number. The actual numbering of these men took place at Mt. Sinai where so much of Exodus, Leviticus, and the first chapters of Numbers took place. When you read these books please note the events happened in the same place until you get to Numbers 10:11.
Numbers 2 - This chapter records the order of Israel's settlement around the Tabernacle. The entrance of the Tabernacle was toward the east and the tribes of Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun would camp in front of that entrance. The tribes of Reuben, Simeon, and Gad would camp to the south; the tribes of Ephraim, Manasseh, and Benjamin would camp behind the Tabernacle to the west, and the tribes of Dan, Asher, and Naphtali would camp to the north. This would be their arrangement throughout their 40 years in the wilderness.