Numbers 7 Outline
– The 12 tribal leaders offered 6 covered carts and 12 oxen after the tabernacle was consecrated (Numbers 7:1-3)
– Moses assigned the carts and oxen to the Gershonites and Merarites (Numbers 7:4-9)
– The 12 tribal leaders brought their offerings for the dedication of the altar (Numbers 7:10-83)
– The total sum of the offerings brought by the 12 tribal leaders (Numbers 7:84-89)
Numbers 7 Summary
After the tabernacle was set up, Moses anointed and consecrated it, its furnishings, the altar and utensils. After that, the 12 tribal leaders brought an offering of 6 covered carts and 12 oxen, one oxen from each tribal leader and 2 covered carts from every 2 tribal leaders. God commanded Moses to assign the carts and oxen to the Levites so that they can do their work. Moses gave 2 carts and 4 oxen to the Gershonites. To the Merarites, Moses gave 4 carts and 8 oxen.
The 12 tribal leaders brought offerings for the dedication of the altar after it was anointed. The 12 tribal leaders are Nahshon the son of Amminadab of Judah, Nethaneel the son of Zuar of Issachar, Eliab the son of Helon of Zebulun, Elizur of Reuben, Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai of Simeon, Eliasaph the son of Deuel of Gad, Elishama the son of Ammihud of Ephraim, Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur of Manasseh, Abidan the son of Gideoni of Benjamin, Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai of Dan, Pagiel the son of Ocran of Asher and Ahira the son of Enan of Naphtali.
Each tribal leader bring silver charger, the weight thereof was an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them were full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering: One spoon of ten shekels of gold, full of incense: One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering: One kid of the goats for a sin offering: And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year (Numbers 7:13-17)
All together, the 12 tribal leaders offered 12 chargers of silver, 12 silver bowls, 12 gold spoons. The total weigh of the silver vessels was 2,400 shekels according to the sanctuary shekel. The 12 golden spoons were full of incense and weight 10 shekels apiece, after the shekel of the sanctuary, which is a total of 120 shekels. The total number of oxen for the burnt offering is 12 bullocks, 12 rams, 12 one year old lambs, with their meat offering, 12 goat kids for sin offering twelve. There was all together 24 bullocks, 60 rams, 60 male goats sixty, 60 one year old male lambs.
Numbers 7 Bible Study
1. Give generously with a sincere heart
The 12 tribal leaders give generously for the dedication of the altar. We must be generous in giving to God. Our gifts must not be made in order to be seen by people but it must be from a sincere heart. In 2 Corinthians 9:7, Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. In Proverbs 11:25, the liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself. In 2 Corinthians 8:12, for if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. In Philemon 1:14, but without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly. In 1 Chronicles 29:17, I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee. In Matthew 6:1, take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.