Numbers 2 Outline
– The division of the camps of Judah, Issachar and Zebulun on the east (Numbers 2:1-9)
– The division of the camps of Reuben, Simeon, and Gad on the south (Numbers 2:10-16)
– The division of the camps of Ephraim, Manasseh and Benjamin on the west (Numbers 2:17-24)
– The division of the camps of Dan, Asher, and Naphtali on the north (Numbers 2:25-34)
Numbers 2 Summary
Numbers 2 is about the arrangement of the camps of the 12 tribes. The camps of the 12 tribes are divided into 4 areas. Each area consists of the camps of 3 tribes. On the east, there were the camps of Judah (74,600), Issachar (54,400) and Zebulun (57,400) in orderly sequence. The total number of men assigned to the camp of Judah is 186,400.
On the south, there were the camps of Reuben (46,500), Simeon (59,300), and Gad (45,650) in orderly sequence. The total number of men assigned to the camp of Reuben is 151,450.
On the west, there were the camps of Ephraim (40,500), Manasseh (32,200) and Benjamin (35,400) in orderly sequence. The total number of men assigned to the camp of Ephraim is 108,100.
On the north, there were the camps of Dan (62,700), Asher (41,500) and Naphtali (53,400) in orderly sequence. The total number of men assigned to the camp of Dan is 157,600.
The Levites will set out in the middle of the camp. The total number of men in the camps of the 12 tribes was 603,550.
Numbers 2 Bible Study
1. God is a God of order and organization
God arranged the 12 tribes of Israel to set up camps in different divisions. He grouped together 3 tribes in one divisions and there were 4 divisions. Each division camp on different side. The camp of Judah was on the east side. The camp of Reuben was on the south side. The camp of Ephraim was on the east side. The camp of Dan was on the north side. God made this arrangement according to a heavenly pattern. It is said that Judah’s likeness is that of a lion, Reuben’s likeness is that of man, Ephraim’s likeness is that of an ox and Dan’s likeness is that of an eagle. This is similar to the four living creatures in Revelation 4:7. In Revelation 4:7, and the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
God is a God of order. He created everything to have an order. There is a time and season for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Christians must live a discipline life and keep things neat all the time. In 1 Corinthians 14:33, For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. In 1 Corinthians 14:40, let all things be done decently and in order.
2. God must be at the center of our lives
The Levites set out with the tabernacle in the middle of the camps. God must be at the center of our lives. Whatever you do, you must think whether doing so is putting God first in your life. Everything you do must give glory to God so that you can be a good testimony to others. In Matthew 6:33, but seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. In John 3:30, he must increase, but I [must] decrease. In Galatians 2:20, I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.