Numbers 26 Outline
– Moses took census of the Israelites for the third time (Numbers 26:1-65)
Numbers 26 Summary
God commanded Moses to take a census of the Israelites for a second time. The first census was mentioned in Numbers 1:1-2. While on the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho, Moses and Eleazar instructed the Israelites to take census of those 20 years old and above. Although God killed Korah in an earthquake, some members from the family line of Korah were still alive.
Numbers 26:5-51 is a list of the Israelite clans of the 12 tribes included in the census. There was a total of 601,730 Israelites counted in the census. God commanded Moses to distribute a larger portion of land for a larger tribe and a smaller portion of land for a smaller tribe. The portion of land allotted depends on the number of names in the tribe.
Numbers 26:57-61 is a list of Levites counted by their clans including Gershonite, Kohathite, and Merarite.The Levites that aged 1 month old or more were numbered 23,000 but they were not counted in the list because their inheritance is the work at the tabernacle and the offerings of the Israelites. Not one of them who rebelled against Moses after complaining about the bad report of the 10 spies who explored the land of Canaan.
Numbers 26 Bible Study
1. God is faithful in keeping his promise
God instructed Moses to take census of the Israelites for the second time to show that he had kept his word that those 20 years old or more will not enter into the land of Canaan. God’s word is always right and he is faithful in all he does (Psalm 33:4). God’s faithfulness reaches to the skies (Psalm 36:5). God is a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and abound in love and faithfulness (Psalm 86:15). God who called us into fellowship with his son Jesus Christ, our Lord, is faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9). If we lack faith, it will not nullify God’s faithfulness (Romans 3:3-4). No temptation will seize us except that which are common to men. God is faithful and he will always provide a way out so that we can stand up under it (1 Corinthians 10:13).