This is Episode #53 and today we’ll read Numbers, chapters 26-27 together. Forty years has gone by and it’s time for a second census to prepare for entering the Promised Land. God also protects daughters by providing an inheritance.
Joy: You’re listening to Season 2 of the Lifting Her Voice podcast. This is Episode #53 and today we’ll read Numbers, chapters 26-27 together. Forty years has gone by and it’s time for a second census to prepare for entering the Promised Land. God also protects daughters by providing an inheritance.
Welcome to the Lifting Her Voice podcast, Season 2! I’m your host, Joy Miller, and I invite you to grab your Bible and join me – from the beginning – simply reading God’s word together. We built some spiritual muscles in 2020 with just the New Testament. But this year we’re going all out, cover-to-cover, Old Testament and New. So, whether with your first cup in the morning, your commute to work, or as the last thing on your mind before sleep, God’s Word will equip you for every good work. I’m really glad you’re here!
Numbers Chapter 26
The Second Census
After the plague, the Lord said to Moses and Eleazar son of Aaron the priest, “Take a census of the entire Israelite community by their ancestral families of those twenty years old or more who can serve in Israel’s army.”
So Moses and the priest Eleazar said to them in the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho, “Take a census of those twenty years old or more, as the Lord had commanded Moses and the Israelites who came out of the land of Egypt.”
Reuben was the firstborn of Israel.
the Hanochite clan from Hanoch;
the Palluite clan from Pallu;
the Hezronite clan from Hezron;
the Carmite clan from Carmi.
These were the Reubenite clans,
and their registered men numbered 43,730.
The son of Pallu was Eliab.
The sons of Eliab were Nemuel, Dathan, and Abiram.
(It was Dathan and Abiram, chosen by the community, who fought against Moses and Aaron; they and Korah’s followers fought against the Lord. The earth opened its mouth and swallowed them with Korah, when his followers died and the fire consumed 250 men. They serve as a warning sign. The sons of Korah, however, did not die.)
Simeon’s descendants by their clans:
the Nemuelite clan from Nemuel;
the Jaminite clan from Jamin;
the Jachinite clan from Jachin;
the Zerahite clan from Zerah;
the Shaulite clan from Shaul.
These were the Simeonite clans, numbering 22,200 men.
Gad’s descendants by their clans:
the Zephonite clan from Zephon;
the Haggite clan from Haggi;
the Shunite clan from Shuni;
the Oznite clan from Ozni;
the Erite clan from Eri;
the Arodite clan from Arod;
the Arelite clan from Areli.
These were the Gadite clans numbered by their registered men: 40,500.
Judah’s sons included Er and Onan, but they died in the land of Canaan. Judah’s descendants by their clans:
the Shelanite clan from Shelah;
the Perezite clan from Perez;
the Zerahite clan from Zerah.
The descendants of Perez:
the Hezronite clan from Hezron;
the Hamulite clan from Hamul.
These were Judah’s clans numbered by their registered men: 76,500.
Issachar’s descendants by their clans:
the Tolaite clan from Tola;
the Punite clan from Puvah;
the Jashubite clan from Jashub;
the Shimronite clan from Shimron.
These were Issachar’s clans numbered by their registered men: 64,300.
Zebulun’s descendants by their clans:
the Seredite clan from Sered;
the Elonite clan from Elon;
the Jahleelite clan from Jahleel.
These were the Zebulunite clans numbered by their registered men: 60,500.
Joseph’s descendants by their clans from Manasseh and Ephraim:
the Machirite clan from Machir.
Machir fathered Gilead;
the Gileadite clan from Gilead.
These were Gilead’s descendants:
the Iezerite clan from Iezer;
the Helekite clan from Helek;
the Asrielite clan from Asriel;
the Shechemite clan from Shechem;
the Shemidaite clan from Shemida;
the Hepherite clan from Hepher;
Zelophehad son of Hepher had no sons — only daughters. The names of Zelophehad’s daughters were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.
These were Manasseh’s clans, numbered by their registered men: 52,700.
These were Ephraim’s descendants by their clans:
the Shuthelahite clan from Shuthelah;
the Becherite clan from Becher;
the Tahanite clan from Tahan.
These were Shuthelah’s descendants:
the Eranite clan from Eran.
These were the Ephraimite clans numbered by their registered men: 32,500.
These were Joseph’s descendants by their clans.
Benjamin’s descendants by their clans:
the Belaite clan from Bela;
the Ashbelite clan from Ashbel;
the Ahiramite clan from Ahiram;
the Shuphamite clan from Shupham;
the Huphamite clan from Hupham.
Bela’s descendants from Ard and Naaman:
the Ardite clan from Ard;
the Naamite clan from Naaman.
These were the Benjaminite clans numbered by their registered men: 45,600.
These were Dan’s descendants by their clans:
the Shuhamite clan from Shuham.
These were the clans of Dan by their clans.
All the Shuhamite clans numbered by their registered men: 64,400.
Asher’s descendants by their clans:
the Imnite clan from Imnah;
the Ishvite clan from Ishvi;
the Beriite clan from Beriah.
From Beriah’s descendants:
the Heberite clan from Heber;
the Malchielite clan from Malchiel.
And the name of Asher’s daughter was Serah.
These were the Asherite clans numbered by their registered men: 53,400.
Naphtali’s descendants by their clans:
the Jahzeelite clan from Jahzeel;
the Gunite clan from Guni;
the Jezerite clan from Jezer;
the Shillemite clan from Shillem.
These were the Naphtali clans numbered by their registered men: 45,400.
These registered Israelite men numbered 601,730.
The Lord spoke to Moses, “The land is to be divided among them as an inheritance based on the number of names. Increase the inheritance for a large tribe and decrease it for a small one. Each is to be given its inheritance according to those who were registered in it. The land is to be divided by lot; they will receive an inheritance according to the names of their ancestral tribes. Each inheritance will be divided by lot among the larger and smaller tribes.”
These were the Levites registered by their clans:
the Gershonite clan from Gershon;
the Kohathite clan from Kohath;
the Merarite clan from Merari.
These were the Levite family groups:
the Libnite clan,
the Hebronite clan,
the Mahlite clan,
the Mushite clan,
and the Korahite clan.
Kohath was the ancestor of Amram. The name of Amram’s wife was Jochebed, a descendant of Levi, born to Levi in Egypt. She bore to Amram: Aaron, Moses, and their sister Miriam. Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar were born to Aaron, but Nadab and Abihu died when they presented unauthorized fire before the Lord. Those registered were 23,000, every male one month old or more; they were not registered among the other Israelites, because no inheritance was given to them among the Israelites.
These were the ones registered by Moses and the priest Eleazar when they registered the Israelites on the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho. But among them there was not one of those who had been registered by Moses and the priest Aaron when they registered the Israelites in the Wilderness of Sinai. For the Lord had said to them that they would all die in the wilderness. None of them was left except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun.
Numbers Chapter 27
A Case of Daughters’ Inheritance
The daughters of Zelophehad approached; Zelophehad was the son of Hepher, son of Gilead, son of Machir, son of Manasseh from the clans of Manasseh, the son of Joseph. These were the names of his daughters: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. They stood before Moses, the priest Eleazar, the leaders, and the entire community at the entrance to the tent of meeting and said, “Our father died in the wilderness, but he was not among Korah’s followers, who gathered together against the Lord. Instead, he died because of his own sin, and he had no sons. Why should the name of our father be taken away from his clan? Since he had no son, give us property among our father’s brothers.”
Moses brought their case before the Lord, and the Lord answered him, “What Zelophehad’s daughters say is correct. You are to give them hereditary property among their father’s brothers and transfer their father’s inheritance to them. Tell the Israelites: When a man dies without having a son, transfer his inheritance to his daughter. If he has no daughter, give his inheritance to his brothers. If he has no brothers, give his inheritance to his father’s brothers. If his father has no brothers, give his inheritance to the nearest relative of his clan, and he will take possession of it. This is to be a statutory ordinance for the Israelites as the Lord commanded Moses.”
Joshua Commissioned to Succeed Moses
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go up this mountain of the Abarim range and see the land that I have given the Israelites. After you have seen it, you will also be gathered to your people, as Aaron your brother was. When the community quarreled in the Wilderness of Zin, both of you rebelled against my command to demonstrate my holiness in their sight at the waters.” Those were the Waters of Meribah-kadesh in the Wilderness of Zin.
So Moses appealed to the Lord, “May the Lord, the God who gives breath to all, appoint a man over the community who will go out before them and come back in before them, and who will bring them out and bring them in, so that the Lord’s community won’t be like sheep without a shepherd.”
The Lord replied to Moses, “Take Joshua son of Nun, a man who has the Spirit in him, and lay your hands on him. Have him stand before the priest Eleazar and the whole community, and commission him in their sight. Confer some of your authority on him so that the entire Israelite community will obey him. He will stand before the priest Eleazar who will consult the Lord for him with the decision of the Urim. He and all the Israelites with him, even the entire community, will go out and come back in at his command.”
Moses did as the Lord commanded him. He took Joshua, had him stand before the priest Eleazar and the entire community, laid his hands on him, and commissioned him, as the Lord had spoken through Moses.
So the Israelites are taking a second stab at entering the Promised Land. But before they do, one of the things God wants is a census of the new generation. It is important to know how many are available to serve in the army as the Israelites go in to conquer the land. All the action will be told about in the book of Joshua.
If you’re feeling a little sad for Moses, you’re not alone. My humanness wants to say, “But God! Was striking the water instead of speaking to it that big of a deal?” However, we know the answer before we even finish asking, don’t we? Our absolute obedience is required. But if there were ever an example that none of us are perfect enough to meet our perfect God’s requirements, it’s Moses. In other words, if Moses couldn’t pull it off, no one can. That’s why we need Jesus. Share your thoughts with me at Lifting Her Voice.com, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
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