Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Why Levites were not counted?

So why the Levites were not counted during the counting of the Tribes? The answer to this question is in the original text. Let's take a look:
CLV Num 1:47 Yet the Levites, for the stock of their fathers, did not present themselves to be mustered in their midst; 
CLV Num 1:48 for Yahweh had spoken to Moses, saying: 
CLV Num 1:49 Only the stock of Levi you shall not muster, and their sum you shall not obtain, in the midst of the sons of Israel. 
CLV Num 1:50 As for you, give the Levites supervision over the tabernacle of the testimony, over all its furnishings and over all which pertains to it. They themselves shall carry the tabernacle and all its furnishings; they shall minister to it, and around the tabernacle shall they encamp. 
CLV Num 1:51 When the tabernacle is to journey the Levites shall take it down; and when the tabernacle is to encamp the Levites shall set it up. But any alien who comes near shall be put to death. 
CLV Num 1:52 The sons of Israel will encamp by their militia hosts, each man on his campsite and each under his standard. 
CLV Num 1:53 Yet the Levites shall encamp around the tabernacle of the testimony so that no wrath may come on the congregation of the sons of Israel. The Levites will keep guard of the tabernacle of the testimony. 
CLV Num 1:54 Thus the sons of Israel did according to all that Yahweh had instructed Moses; so they did.
As you can see from the verses above, the reason why Levites were not counted was because they did not have any Land Inheritance which was allocated based on the number of people of each Tribe. The Tabernacle and the Tithes was the Levitical heritage, therefore there was no need to count the Levites.

Another interesting reason would be the God's promise to Abraham in Genesis 15:5. God has promised Abraham that his seed will be so numerous that no one will be able to count it. So even if one could count all 12 tribes, one could certainly never count the Tribe of Levi because God Himself commanded that they won't ever be counted.

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