Numbers 4: Levite workers are counted:

Synopsis:

Only the men between the ages of 30 and 50 are allowed to do the work servicing the temple and it has to be done in a very specific way lest they accidentally touch the holy things and die.  Here are the numbers of workers from each family.

Kohath  - 2,750
Gershon  - 2,630
Merari – 3,200

Total – 8,580

In other words:

Only Levites 30 to 50 can work on the Tabernacle.

Favorite bit:

Numbers 4:15 – The sons of Kohath shall come to bear it: but they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die. None of the other Levites are threatened this way. This must be because they have to bear the altar and all the gold stuff which is actually worth something. Aaron is to oversee everyone’s work and make sure everything is ready to be transported before the Kohath’s come in because if they see the holy things, they will die. Pretty sure – they don’t want their pretty things to get stolen.

Moral Lesson Learned:

Make sure everyone knows what they are supposed to be doing (Numbers 4:19)