Numbers 25 was filled with so much hate that I’m still seething two days later. I find the title of Numbers 26 very interesting. Apparently after all of the killing in Numbers 25, it’s time for a new census!
“After the plague the Lord said to Moses and Eleazar son of Aaron, the priest, ‘Take a census of the whole Israelite community by families—all those twenty years old or more who are able to serve in the army of Israel.’” – Number 26:1-2
In other words God needs to know who is left in the Israelite armies after He went on a killing spree.
“The same Dathan and Abiram were the community officials who rebelled against Moses and Aaron and were among Korah’s followers when they rebelled against the Lord. The earth opened its mouth and swallowed them along with Korah, whose followers died when the fire devoured the 250 men. And they served as a warning sign. The line of Korah, however, did not die out.” – Numbers 26:9-11
ROFL! I don’t know why I find this hilarious. It just struck me as God saying He didn’t kill them all, so please still love me. LOL!
“All the male Levites a month old or more numbered 23,000. They were not counted along with the other Israelites because they received no inheritance among them.” – Numbers 26:62
Remember that the Levites are the ones blessed with taking care of God’s stuff.
As you’ve likely noticed, I skipped most of this chapter as it’s just a list of who is in which tribe and the numbers of each tribe. Numbers 26 was a bit light on substance following the hate filled Numbers 25. Don’t worry though, I’m sure there’s still plenty of hate left in the Bible for us to discuss in the near future.
Coming Soon: Numbers – Chapter 27: Zelophehad’s Daughters