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We switched voices again. Earlier, everything was spoken by God, but weíre back to a narrator for Numbers 7:1-5. It begins with Moses having finally set up the tabernacle. Iím sorry? Who setup the tabernacle? We were just told that all of the tasks necessary to tear-down, transport, and setup the tabernacle was in the hands of the families of all the Levites except for Mosesí family!

After Moses anoints and sanctifies the tent, its slaughtering devices, and various implements of destruction, each of the leaders of the twelve other tribes shows up with twelve oxen and six covered wagons in tow. The bible says that each tribe has brought an ox, and every other tribe brought a wagon. Thus, itís not possible that this tribute could have been made fairly.

Anyway, the twelve tribes give up their possessions, weíre to believe of their own volition, to Moses so that he may distribute them among the Levites who have been charged with transporting the tabernacle.

Excuse me? We just learned that, even when you exclude all the women, infants, and Moses and Aaronís lazy offspring, there are 17,450 Levites available to do this job! Certainly, among all those families a spare ox or two could be found? But even without beasts of burden, there are ample men to carry the various tabernacle parts by hand if they evenly distributed the work.

How could the Levites possibly need more help transporting the tabernacle, and why would the leaders of the other tribes ever think would? It seems more like the weíre meant to believe that the Levites are in some way superior to others, and worthy of tribute.



Baughbe writes:


Hmmm, trying to figure out distribution of the temple on these. And having some idea, even if you were counting on bad terrain and taking it easy on the animals (yeah right, like they would be so concerned over free animals when they can demand more at any time) I can see only at most 4 of the carts actually used. Most to all of the cloth and rugs would go on one. The Temple furnature on another. The posts might be spread between two depending on how big they are (in diameter). I guess the other two would be to transport the priest's overfed asses.

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Oh the irony!