Notes: April 11, 2008 – Numbers 7

The first day’s offerings at the Tabernacle

1.  Each tribe presented an ox and 1/2 a wagon for Levitical use. (verses 1-9)

  • 2 wagons/4 oxen for Gershon’s family
  • 4 wagons/8 oxen for Merari’s family
  • No wagons or oxen for Kohath’s family–they must carry the sacred furniture themselves

2.  On twelve consecutive days, the tribes, in turn and in the order of their encampment (chapter 2), presented identical offerings. (verses 10-88)

And he that offered his offering the [ordinal number from 1st to 12th] day was [tribal elder], of the tribe of [one of 12 tribes of Israel]:
And his offering was

  • one silver charger, the weight thereof was an hundred and thirty shekels,
  • one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary;
  • both of them were full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering:
  • One spoon of ten shekels of gold, full of incense:
  • One young bullock,
  • one ram,
  • one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering:
  • One kid of the goats for a sin offering:
  • And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen,
  • five rams,
  • five he goats,
  • five lambs of the first year:

this was the offering of [tribal elder].”

3.  Moses, thereafter, went into the Tabernacle to hear from God. (verse 89)


Meditation Points:

  1. Every tribe participated (the Levites being excluded by God)
  2. Every tribe gave the same amount
  3. Everyone who is saved benefits from the same offering of Christ at Calvary.