Day 73 – Inheritance of Land

Thoughts and Reflection

Today we have another census of all the tribes of Israel. Why are they doing this? The Israelites are getting ready for war and they need to know how many fighting men there are. Overall, there a few thousand less men then at the beginning of Numbers and over the period of 40 years. The Promised Land is to be divided by according to the number in each tribe. In other words, the tribes that are larger will get a larger inheritance and those tribes that are smaller will get a smaller inheritance.

The Levites will live in the towns and lead worship in the place God establishes. This will be the Temple, the home of the Ark of the Covenant.

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Daily Readings

Numbers 26

1 After this plague, Yahweh spoke to Moses and to the priest Eleazar son of Aaron and said:

2 ‘Take a census of the whole community of Israelites, by families: all those of twenty years and over, fit to bear arms in Israel.’

3 So Moses and the priest Eleazar took a census of them on the Plains of Moab, near the Jordan by Jericho. They counted

4 (as Yahweh had ordered Moses and the Israelites after leaving Egypt) men of twenty years and over:

5 Reuben, the first-born of Israel. The sons of Reuben: for Hanoch, the Hanochite clan; for Pallu, the Palluite clan;

6 for Hezron, the Hezronite clan; for Carmi, the Carmite clan.

7 These were the Reubenite clans. They numbered forty-three thousand seven hundred and thirty men.

8 The sons of Pallu: Eliab.

9 The sons of Eliab: Nemuel, Dathan and Abiram. These two, Dathan and Abiram, men of repute in the community, were the ones who revolted against Moses and Aaron; they belonged to Korah’s group when it revolted against Yahweh.

10 The earth opened its mouth and swallowed them (with Korah when that group perished), when fire consumed the two hundred and fifty men. They were a sign.

11 Korah’s sons, however, did not perish.

12 The sons of Simeon by clans: for Nemuel, the Nemuelite clan; for Jamin, the Jaminite clan; for Jachin, the Jachinite clan;

13 for Zerah, the Zerahite clan; for Shaul, the Shaulite clan.

14 These were the Simeonite clans. They numbered twenty-two thousand two hundred men.

15 The sons of Gad by clans: for Zephon, the Zephonite clan; for Haggi, the Haggite clan; for Shuni, the Shunite clan;

16 for Ozni, the Oznite clan; for Eri, the Erite clan;

17 for Arod, the Arodite clan; for Areli, the Arelite clan.

18 These were the clans of the sons of Gad. They numbered forty thousand five hundred men.

19 The sons of Judah: Er and Onan. Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan.

20 The other sons of Judah became clans: for Shelah, the Shelahite clan; for Perez, the Perezzite clan; for Zerah, the Zerahite clan.

21 The sons of Perez were: for Hezron, the Hezronite clan; for Hamul, the Hamulite clan.

22 These were the clans of Judah. They numbered seventy-six thousand five hundred men.

23 The sons of Issachar by clans: for Tola, the Tolaite clan; for Puvah, the Puvahite clan;

24 for Jashub, the Jashubite clan; for Shimron, the Shimronite clan.

25 These were the clans of Issachar. They numbered sixty-four thousand three hundred men.

26 The sons of Zebulun by clans: for Sered, the Seredite clan; for Elon, the Elonite clan; for Jahleel, the Jahleelite clan.

27 These were the clans of Zebulun. They numbered sixty thousand five hundred men.

28 The sons of Joseph by clans: Manasseh and Ephraim.

29 The sons of Manasseh: for Machir, the Machirite clan; Machir fathered Gilead: for Gilead, the Gileadite clan.

30 These were the sons of Gilead: for Iezer, the Iezerite clan; for Helek, the Helekite clan;

31 Asriel, the Asrielite clan; Shechem, the Shechemite clan;

32 Shemida, the Shemidaite clan; Hepher, the Hepherite clan.

33 Zelophehad son of Hepher had no sons, only daughters; the names of Zelophehad’s daughters were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah and Tirzah.

34 These were the clans of Manasseh. They numbered fifty-two thousand seven hundred men.

35 These were the sons of Ephraim by clans: for Shuthelah, the Shuthelahite clan; for Becher, the Becherite clan; for Tahan, the Tahanite clan.

36 These were the sons of Shuthelah: for Eran, the Eranite clan.

37 These were the clans of Ephraim. They numbered thirty-two thousand five hundred men. These were the sons of Joseph by clans.

38 The sons of Benjamin by clans: for Bela, the Belaite clan; for Ashbel, the Ashbelite clan; for Ahiram, the Ahiramite clan;

39 for Shephupham, the Shephuphamite clan; for Hupham, the Huphamite clan.

40 Bela’s sons were Ard and Naaman; for Ard, the Ardite clan; for Naaman, the Naamanite clan.

41 These were the sons of Benjamin by clans. They numbered forty-five thousand six hundred men.

42 These were the sons of Dan by clans: for Shuham, the Shuhamite clan. These were the sons of Dan by clans.

43 All the Shuhamite clans numbered sixty-four thousand four hundred men.

44 The sons of Asher by clans: for Imnah, the Imnahite clan; for Ishvi, the Ishvihite clan; for Beriah, the Beriahite clan.

45 For the sons of Beriah: for Heber, the Heberite clan; for Malchiel, the Malchielite clan.

46 The daughter of Asher was called Serah.

47 These were the clans of Asher. They numbered fifty-three thousand four hundred men.

48 The sons of Naphtali by clans: for Jahzeel, the Jahzeelite clan; for Guni, the Gunite clan;

49 for Jezer, the Jezerite clan; for Shillem, the Shillemite clan.

50 These were the clans of Naphtali as divided into clans. The sons of Naphtali numbered forty-five thousand four hundred men.

51 Of the Israelites thus numbered, there were six hundred and one thousand seven hundred and thirty men.

52 Yahweh then spoke to Moses and said,

53 ‘The country must be shared out among these as a heritage, proportionately to the number of those inscribed.

54 To the large in number you will give a large area of land, to the small in number a small area; to each the heritage will be in proportion to the number registered.

55 The sharing out of the country must, however, be done by lot. Each will receive a heritage proportionate to the number of names in their patriarchal tribes;

56 the heritage of each tribe will be shared out by lot, depending on its larger or smaller numbers.’

57 These, by clans, are the Levites that were registered: for Gershon, the Gershonite clan; for Kohath, the Kohathite clan; for Merari, the Merarite clan.

58 These are the Levite clans: the Libnite clan, the Hebronite clan, the Mahlite clan, the Mushite clan, the Korahite clan. Kohath fathered Amram.

59 Amram’s wife was called Jokebed daughter of Levi, born to him in Egypt. To Amram she bore Aaron, Moses and Miriam their sister.

60 Aaron fathered Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.

61 Nadab and Abihu died when they brought unauthorised fire before Yahweh.

62 Altogether twenty-three thousand males of one month and over were registered. They were not registered with the Israelites, since they were given no heritage with the Israelites.

63 Such were the men registered by Moses and the priest Eleazar who took a census of the Israelites on the Plains of Moab near the Jordan by Jericho.

64 Not one of them was among those whom Moses and the priest Aaron had registered when they counted the Israelites in the desert of Sinai;

65 for Yahweh had told them that these were to die in the desert and that none of them would be left except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun.

Deuteronomy 27

1 Moses and the elders of Israel gave the people this command: ‘Keep all the commandments which I am laying down for you today.

2 After you have crossed the Jordan into the country which Yahweh your God is giving you, you must set up tall stones, coat them with lime

3 and on them write all the words of this Law, when you have crossed and entered the country which Yahweh your God is giving you, a country flowing with milk and honey, as Yahweh, God of your ancestors, has promised you.

4 ‘When you have crossed the Jordan, you must erect these stones on Mount Ebal, as I command you today, and coat them with lime.

5 There, for Yahweh your God, you must build an altar of stones, on which no iron has been used.

6 You must build the altar of Yahweh your God of rough stones, and on this altar you will present burnt offerings to Yahweh your God,

7 and immolate communion sacrifices and eat them there, rejoicing in the presence of Yahweh your God.

8 On these stones you must write all the words of this Law; cut them carefully.’

9 Moses and the levitical priests then said to all Israel: ‘Be silent, Israel, and listen. Today you have become a people for Yahweh your God.

10 You must listen to the voice of Yahweh your God and observe the commandments and laws which I am laying down for you today.’

11 That day Moses gave the people this order:

12 ‘When you have crossed the Jordan, the following will stand on Mount Gerizim to bless the people: Simeon and Levi, Judah and Issachar, Joseph and Benjamin.

13 And the following will stand on Mount Ebal for the curse: Reuben, Gad and Asher, Zebulun, Dan and Naphtali.

14 The Levites will then speak, proclaiming loudly to all the Israelites:

15 “Accursed be anyone who makes a carved or cast idol, a thing detestable to Yahweh, a workman’s artefact, and sets it up in secret.” And the people are all to respond by saying, Amen.

16 “Accursed be anyone who treats father or mother dishonourably.” And the people must all say, Amen.

17 “Accursed be anyone who displaces a neighbour’s boundary mark.” And the people must all say, Amen.

18 “Accursed be anyone who leads the blind astray on the road.” And the people must all say, Amen.

19 “Accursed be anyone who violates the rights of the foreigner, the orphan and the widow.” And the people must all say, Amen.

20 “Accursed be anyone who has sexual intercourse with his father’s wife and withdraws the skirt of his father’s cloak from her.” And the people must all say, Amen.

21 “Accursed be anyone who has sexual intercourse with any kind of animal.” And the people must all say, Amen.

22 “Accursed be anyone who has sexual intercourse with his sister, the daughter of his father or of his mother.” And the people must all say, Amen.

23 “Accursed be anyone who has sexual intercourse with his mother-in-law.” And the people must all say, Amen.

24 “Accursed be anyone who secretly strikes down his neighbour.” And the people must all say, Amen.

25 “Accursed be anyone who accepts a bribe to take an innocent life.” And the people must all say, Amen.

26 “Accursed be anyone who does not make the words of this Law effective by putting them into practice.” And the people must all say, Amen.’

Psalm 111

1 Alleluia! I give thanks to Yahweh with all my heart, in the meeting-place of honest people, in the assembly.

2 Great are the deeds of Yahweh, to be pondered by all who delight in them.

3 Full of splendour and majesty his work, his saving justice stands firm for ever.

4 He gives us a memorial of his great deeds; Yahweh is mercy and tenderness.

5 He gives food to those who fear him, he keeps his covenant ever in mind.

6 His works show his people his power in giving them the birthright of the nations.

7 The works of his hands are fidelity and justice, all his precepts are trustworthy,

8 established for ever and ever, accomplished in fidelity and honesty.

9 Deliverance he sends to his people, his covenant he imposes for ever; holy and awesome his name.

10 The root of wisdom is fear of Yahweh; those who attain it are wise. His praise will continue for ever.

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