In the last chapter of Numbers (Chapter 1), God commanded Moses and Aaron to do a census to count up the number of eligible men for the army that will take the promised land for the Israelites. Chapter 2 brings us the arrangement of the tribal camps.
“The Lord said to Moses and Aaron: ‘The Israelites are to camp around the tent of meeting some distance from it, each of them under their standard and holding the banners of their family.’” – Numbers 2:1-2
God tells Moses and Aaron to break the people up into their own individual groups.
“So the Israelites did everything the Lord commanded Moses; that is the way they encamped under their standards, and that is the way they set out, each of them with their clan and family.” – Numbers 2:34
The verses in between the first two and the last are a counting of people in each clan and family. What did you expect? The book is called Numbers, so certainly you expected some Numbers, right? I admit, there’s not much of real interest in this chapter, but I love working with Numbers and I found this chapter (as well as Chapter 1) interesting. It’s interesting to see how the clans were broken up and in what numbers. Then again, maybe I’m just a nerd! 🙂