devotional post # 2281
Num 7:1 On the day when Moses had finished setting up the tabernacle and had anointed and consecrated it with all its furnishings and had anointed and consecrated the altar with all its utensils,
Num 7:2 the leaders of Israel, heads of their fathers’ houses, who were the leaders of the tribes, who were over those who were listed, approached
Num 7:3 and brought their offerings in the sight of Yahveh, six wagons and twelve oxen, a wagon for every two of the leaders, and for each one an ox. They brought them in the sight of the tabernacle.
Num 7:4 Then Yahveh said to Moses,
Num 7:5 “Accept these from them, that they may be used in the service of the conference tent, and give them to the Levites, to each man according to his service.”
Num 7:6 So Moses took the wagons and the oxen and gave them to the Levites.
Num 7:7 Two wagons and four oxen he gave to the sons of Gershon, according to their service.
Num 7:8 And four wagons 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.
Num 7:9 But to the sons of Kohath he gave none, because they were charged with the service of the holy things that had to be carried on the shoulder.
considerate and practical
When the leaders of the twelve tribes gave gifts to Yahveh to celebrate the annointing and consecration of the tabernacle, they each gave 1/2 a cart, and a whole ox. The cart and oxen were the perfect gifts because they were practical and considerate. They would be used each time the tabernacle was taken down, packed up, and transported elsewhere. Those gifts would be much appreciated by the priests and Levites.
LORD, teach us to be considerate and practical as we give to your work.