Numbers 10: Marching Along


2 silver trumpets were made to be able to signal to the armies of Israel. Then on the 20th day of the 2nd month of the 2nd year out of Egypt, the cloud lifted and the children of Israel could begin their journey from Sinai to Paran. We are then given the order of the march: Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Gershon and Merari (with the Tabernacle), Reuben, Simeon, Gad, Kohathites (bearing the sanctuary and ark), Ephraim, Manasseh, Benjamin, Dan, Asher and Napthali. Moses asks his brother in law Hobab to join them on the journey. Hobab says no, we’re going home. Moses pleads, not sure whether Hobab joined them or not.

In other words:

They move their camp from Sinai to Paran.

Favorite bit:

Numbers 10: 29-32 – where Moses tries to convince his brother-in-law to join them.  As I read this, I thought that Hobab was smart to say no. Conditiongs could not have been good.

Least favorite bit:

Numbers 10:35,36 – Moses tells God, when they are moving camp – Rise up Lord, and let thine enemies be scattered: and let them that hate thee flee before thee.  Even though I like the alliteration, I dislike the idea that they wanted God to kill people.

Moral Lesson Learned:

Stay away from cults (Numbers 10:29)