Seize the Moment – Day 566

Unity in Giving!

Numbers 7


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Monday, October 4.


Numbers 7 records each of the twelve tribes of Israel giving the same dedicatory offerings. The leader of each tribe, on his prescribed day, over a twelve-day period, brought an identical offering to the priests. This demonstrated the unity of the twelve tribes as the one people of God and their common commitment to the Levites and the functioning of the tabernacle system.


While we find reading this chapter repetitive, the Israelites would have rejoiced in seeing each tribe’s equal participation in the religious system. Without their unity and common commitment, Israel could not survive. As Jesus said in Mark 3:25,
“If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.”


Interestingly, the offerings given to God were then disseminated based on a division of labor between the clans of Levites. Numbers 7:4-9 describes how the gifts of God’s people were used to equip the religious workers to do their specific work in the tabernacle system:


Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Accept these things from them, that they may be used in the service of the tent of meeting, and you shall give them to the Levites, to each man according to his service.” So Moses took the carts and the oxen and gave them to the Levites. Two carts and four oxen he gave to the sons of Gershon, according to their service, and four carts and eight oxen he gave to the sons of Merari, according to their service, under the direction of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest. But he did not give any to the sons of Kohath because theirs was the service of the holy objects, which they carried on the shoulder.


Seize the moment and give generously to the work of God knowing that the resources you give will go where they are needed to do God’s work.

God bless your day!
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