Numbers 3 Outline
– The Levites were set apart to take care the tabernacle and do its works (Numbers 3:1-10)
– The Levites take the place of the firstborns Israelites males (Numbers 3:11-13)
– The names of the sons of Levi (Numbers 3:14-20)
– The different duties of the clans of Gershon, Kohath and Merari (Numbers 3:21-39)
– The firstborns Israelites males (Numbers 3:40-51)
Numbers 3 Summary
God commanded Moses to bring the Levites to the high priest, Aaron to assist him. The job of the Levites is to take care of the furnishings of the tabernacles. The Levites was taken from the Israelites in place of the first male offsprings of the Israelite women. All firstborns are to be belonged to God. When God struck down the firstborns in Egypt, he set apart the firstborns of the Israelites including men and animal to belong to him.
Levi had 3 sons including Gershon, Kohath and Merari. Gershon had 2 sons including Libni and Shimei. Kohath had 4 sons including Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel. Merari had 2 sons including Mahli and Mushi.
The Gershonites camped on the west side of the tabernacle. They were responsible for taking care the coverings and curtains of the tabernacle including the tent, the covering thereof, and the hanging for the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, the hangings of the court, and the curtain for the door of the court. The total number of males that aged a month old or more in the Libnites and Shimeites clans was 7,500.
The Kohathites camped on the south side of the tabernacle. They were responsible for taking care the articles of the tabernacle including ark, and the table, and the candlestick, and the altars, and the vessels of the sanctuary wherewith they minister, and the hanging and other things related to their use. The total number of males that aged a month old or more in the Amramites, Izharites, Hebronites and Uzzielites’ clans was 8,600.
The Merarites camped on the north side of the tabernacle. They were responsible for taking care the boards of the tabernacle, bars, pillars, and sockets. The total number of the males that aged a month old or more in the Mahlites and Mushites’ clans was 6,200.
Moses and Aaron and his sons camped on the east side of the tabernacle. They took care of the sanctuary on behalf of the Israelites. Anyone else who come near the tabernacle will be put to death.
The total number of the Levite males that aged a month old or more was 22,000. God also commanded Moses to count the number of firstborn Israelite males who aged a month old or more, which was 22,273. Then, God commanded Moses to redeem the additional 273 firstborn males by collecting 5 shekels for each one, which weighs 20 gerahs, according to the sanctuary shekel. Moses collected a total of 1,365 shekels of silver.
Numbers 3 Bible Study
1. Put God first in your life
The Levites were taken by God in place of the firstborn males of the Israelite women to serve at the tabernacle. We should put God first in our lives in whatever we do so that everything we do will give glory to God (Colossians 3:17; 1 Corinthians 10:31). In 2 Timothy 2:15, study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. In Romans 6:13, neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. In James 1:12, blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. In James 1:18, of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.