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February 26th, Numbers 1-2: The Census

On the first day of the second month of the second year after the Israelites came out of Egypt, the LORD commanded Moses to take a census of the twelves tribes of Israel. From each tribe, the LORD selected one man to assist Moses in the counting of the Israelite population.

It ends up that the Israelite population now numbered 603, 500. However, the Levites were not counted among them. Instead, they were to be in charge of the tabernacle of Testimony, thus preventing the wrath of God from falling on Israel. (Numbers 1:53)

Numbers 2 tells us that the Israelites were to camp some distance from the Tent of Meeting, and they were to camp under the standard with the banners of his family.

On the east, toward the sunrise, the first tribe to camp would be Judah. Then the tribes of Issachar and and Zebulun would camp next to them, so the total number of men assigned to the camp of Judah numbered 186, 400.

On the south, Ruben would lead Simeon and Gad. The number of men assigned to the camp of Reuben numbered 151, 450.

The tent of meeting and center of the camps would be occupied by the Levites.

On the west, Ephraim would take the lead for Manasseh and Benjamin. The number of men assigned to the camp of Ephraim numbered 108, 100.

On the north, Dan would take the lead for Asher and Napthali. The number of men assigned to the camp of Dan numbered 157, 600.

And so the Israelites did as they were commanded, encamping under their standards.

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