Thoughts and Reflection
Today we continue to read about the camps and how each of them were surrounding the Tabernacle in the center of camp. Judah is one of the tribes and in the Gospel of Matthew, he presents the genealogy that runs from Abraham to Jesus. Jesus himself is from the tribe of Judah. Judah was the fourth of Jacob’s sons and he was the one selected to receive the birthright blessing.
In reviewing the arrangement of the camp, it shows that God likes order. He brought order to the Israelites who were enslaved and lacked order in their lives. God shares that he has specific land set aside for the Israelites.
Today let’s think about our lives and if it is in the order that God likes.
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For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!
1 Yahweh spoke to Moses and to Aaron and said:
2 ‘The Israelites must pitch their tents, each man by his own standard, under their family emblems. They must pitch their tents round the Dwelling where the Testimony is, some distance away.
3 ‘Encamped on the east side: ‘Furthest towards the east, the standard of the camp of Judah, unit by unit. Leader of the Judahites: Nahshon son of Amminadab.
4 His company: seventy-four thousand six hundred men.
5 ‘Next to him: ‘The tribe of Issachar. Leader of the Issacharites: Nethanel son of Zuar.
6 His company: fifty-four thousand four hundred men.
7 ‘The tribe of Zebulun. Leader of the Zebulunites: Eliab son of Helon.
8 His company: fifty-seven thousand four hundred men.
9 ‘The tribal forces in the camp of Judah number in all a hundred and eighty-six thousand four hundred. These will be the first to break camp.
10 ‘On the south side, the standard of the camp of Reuben, unit by unit. Leader of the Reubenites: Elizur son of Shedeur.
11 His company: forty-six thousand five hundred men.
12 ‘Next to him: ‘The tribe of Simeon. Leader of the Simeonites: Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai.
13 His company: fifty-nine thousand three hundred men.
14 ‘The tribe of Gad. Leader of the Gadites: Eliasaph son of Reuel.
15 His company: forty-five thousand six hundred and fifty men.
16 ‘The tribal forces in the camp of Reuben number in all a hundred and fifty-one thousand four hundred and fifty. They will be second to break camp.
17 ‘Next, the Tent of Meeting will move, since the camp of the Levites is situated in the middle of the other camps. The order of movement will be the order of encampment, each man under his own standard.
18 ‘On the west side, the standard of the camp of Ephraim, unit by unit. Leader of the Ephraimites: Elishama son of Ammihud.
19 His company: forty thousand five hundred men.
20 ‘Next to him: ‘The tribe of Manasseh. Leader of the Manassehites: Gamaliel son of Pedahzur.
21 His company: thirty-two thousand two hundred men.
22 ‘The tribe of Benjamin. Leader of the Benjaminites: Abidan son of Gideoni.
23 His company: thirty-five thousand four hundred men.
24 ‘The tribal forces in the camp of Ephraim number in all a hundred and eight thousand one hundred. They will be third to break camp.
25 ‘On the north side, the standard of the camp of Dan, unit by unit. Leader of the Danites: Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai.
26 His company: sixty-two thousand seven hundred men.
27 ‘Next to him: ‘The tribe of Asher. Leader of the Asherites: Pagiel son of Ochran.
28 His company: forty-one thousand five hundred men.
29 ‘The tribe of Naphtali. Leader of the Naphtalites: Ahira son of Enan.
30 His company: fifty-three thousand four hundred men.
31 ‘The tribal forces in the camp of Dan number in all a hundred and fifty-seven thousand six hundred. They will be the last to break camp. ‘All under their appropriate standards.’
32 Such was the tally of the Israelites when the census was taken by families. The full count of the entire camp, unit by unit, came to six hundred and three thousand five hundred and fifty.
33 But, as Yahweh had ordered Moses, the Levites were not included in the census of the Israelites.
34 The Israelites did exactly as Yahweh had ordered Moses. This was how they pitched camp, grouped by standards. This was how they broke camp, each man in his own clan, each man with his own family.
1 ‘We then turned round and made for the desert, in the direction of the Sea of Suph, as Yahweh had ordered me. For many days we skirted Mount Seir.
2 Yahweh then said to me,
3 “You have gone far enough round this mountain; now turn north.
4 And give the people this order: You are about to pass through the territory of your kinsmen, the sons of Esau who live in Seir. They are afraid of you, and you will be well protected.
5 Do not provoke them, for I shall give you none of their land, no, not so much as a foot’s length of it. I have given the highlands of Seir to Esau as his domain.
6 Pay them in money for what food you eat; and pay them in money for the water you drink.
7 Yahweh your God has blessed you in all you do; he has watched over your journeying through this vast desert. Yahweh your God has been with you these forty years and you have never been in want.”
8 ‘So we passed beyond those relatives of ours, the children of Esau who live in Seir, by the road through the Arabah, Elath and Ezion-Geber; then, changing direction, we took the road towards the Plains of Moab.
9 Yahweh then said to me, “Do not attack Moab, do not provoke him to fight, for I shall give you none of his land, since I have given Ar to the children of Lot as their domain.”
10 (At one time the Emim lived there, a great and numerous people, tall as the Anakim;
11 and, like the Anakim, they were considered to be Rephaim, though the Moabites call them Emim.
12 The Horites, too, lived in Seir at one time; these, however, were dispossessed and exterminated by the children of Esau who settled there in place of them, just as Israel has done in the country given to it by Yahweh as a heritage.)
13 “On your way, then! Cross the Wadi Zered!” ‘And so we crossed the Wadi Zered.
14 From Kadesh-Barnea to the crossing of the Wadi Zered our wanderings had taken thirty-eight years; as a result of which, the entire generation of those of age to bear arms had been eliminated, as Yahweh had sworn to them.
15 Yahweh’s hand had been against them, to eliminate them completely from the camp.
16 ‘When death had carried off from the people those of age to bear arms, to the last man,
17 Yahweh said this to me,
18 “You are now crossing Ar, the country of Moab,
19 and soon you will encounter the children of Ammon. Do not attack them, do not provoke them, for I shall give you none of the land belonging to the children of Ammon as your domain. I have given it to the children of Lot as theirs.”
20 (This used also to be considered as Rephaim territory; at one time the Rephaim lived there, though the Ammonites call them Zamzummim,
21 a great and numerous people, and tall like the Anakim. Yahweh exterminated them for the Ammonites who dispossessed them and settled there in place of them,
22 just as he had done for the children of Esau who live in Seir, so that they dispossessed the Horites and settled there instead of them and are still there now.
23 It was the same with the Avvites who occupied encampments as far as Gaza: the Caphtorim, coming from Caphtor, exterminated them and settled there instead.)
24 “On your way! Break camp and cross the Wadi Arnon. See, I am putting Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, at your mercy, and his country too. Set about the conquest; engage him in battle.
25 Today and henceforth, I shall fill the peoples under all heaven with fear and terror of you; whoever hears word of your approach willtremble and writhe in anguish because of you.”
26 ‘So, from the desert of Kedemoth I sent envoys to Sihon king of Heshbon with this peaceful message,
27 “I intend to cross your country. I shall go my way, straying neither to right nor to left.
28 I shall eat and pay for the food you choose to sell me, and I shall drink and pay for the water you let me have. I only want to march through,
29 just as the children of Esau who live in Seir permitted, as well as the Moabites who live in Ar, until I cross the Jordan into the country that Yahweh our God is giving us.”
30 ‘But Sihon king of Heshbon would not give us leave to pass through his territory; Yahweh our God had made his spirit obstinate and his heart stubborn, to put him at your mercy, as he still is.
31 Yahweh said to me, “You see, I am starting to give you Sihon and his country. Begin the conquest by seizing his country.”
32 Sihon marched out against us, he and all his people, to give battle at Jahaz.
33 And Yahweh our God handed him over to us: we defeated him and his sons and all his people.
34 We captured all his towns and laid all these towns under the curse of destruction: men, women and children, we left no survivors
35 except the livestock which we took as our booty, and the spoils of the captured towns.
36 From Aroer on the edge of the Arnon valley and from the town down in the valley, as far as Gilead, not one town was beyond our reach; Yahweh our God delivered them all to us.
37 You did not, however, go near the country of the Ammonites, or the region of the River Jabbok, or the towns in the highlands, or anywhere forbidden us by Yahweh our God.’
1 [For the choirmaster Of the sons of Korah Psalm] Yahweh, you are gracious to your land, you bring back the captives of Jacob,
2 you take away the guilt of your people, you blot out all their sin.
3 You retract all your anger, you renounce the heat of your fury.
4 Bring us back, God our Saviour, appease your indignation against us!
5 Will you be angry with us for ever? Will you prolong your wrath age after age?
6 Will you not give us life again, for your people to rejoice in you?
7 Show us, Lord, your faithful love, grant us your saving help.
8 I am listening. What is God’s message? Yahweh’s message is peace for his people, for his faithful, if only they renounce their folly.
9 His saving help is near for those who fear him, his glory will dwell in our land.
10 Faithful Love and Loyalty join together, Saving Justice and Peace embrace.
11 Loyalty will spring up from the earth, and Justice will lean down from heaven.
12 Yahweh will himself give prosperity, and our soil will yield its harvest.
13 Justice will walk before him, treading out a path.