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February 28th, Numbers 4-6: Numbering the Levites and unfaithfulness

Numbers 4 describes numbering the Levites, who totaled 8,580 at this point.

Numbers 5 instructs the Israelites to send lepers away from the camp, lest leprosy break out among them. It also describes the ritual for testing the unfaithfulness of a woman. It involves drinking bitter water, which brings a curse on the cheaters. The husband can initiate this if he suspects his wife of having an affair even if he does not have evidence, oddly enough.

Numbers 6 describes the Nazirite, a man or woman who makes a special vow of separation to the LORD. The Nazirite must abstain from wine, grapes, raisins, basically anything that comes from the grapevine. During the entire period of his vow of separation, no razor may touch his hair. He must not go near any dead body, even if his mother or father or sister dies.

The LORD tells Moses how Aaron and his sons are to bless the Israelites. This is known as the priestly blessing.

Numbers 6:24-26 says,
‘“The LORD bless you
and keep you;
25 the LORD make his face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
26 the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”

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