Numbers 7: Raising the Tabernacle

So the big day came to raise the Tabernacle. Of course there had to be a big party with a huge barbecue and lots of gifts. So the tribal chiefs brought wagons and twelve oxen to donate to the Levite tribes to use in hauling all the Tabernacle stuff around. Then each chief was assigned a day to offer sacrifices to the Tabernacle. Nahshon, chief of Judah, gave a plate weighing 52 ounces of silver full of flour; a basin weighing 28 ounces of silver full of flour; a four ounce gold bowl full of incense; a bull, a ram, and a male lamb for a burnt offering; a billy goat for  a sin offering; and two oxen, five rams, five billies, and five male lambs for a peace offering.

On the second day of Tabernacle, Nethanel chief of Issachar gave to God  a plate weighing 52 ounces of silver full of flour; a basin weighing 28 ounces of silver full of flour; a four ounce gold bowl full of incense; a bull, a ram, and a male lamb for a burnt offering; a billy goat for  a sin offering; and two oxen, five rams, five billies, and five male lambs for a peace offering.

On the third day of Tabernacle, Eliab chief of Zebulun gave to God  a plate weighing 52 ounces of silver full of flour; a basin weighing 28 ounces of silver full of flour; a four ounce gold bowl full of incense; a bull, a ram, and a male lamb for a burnt offering; a billy goat for  a sin offering; and two oxen, five rams, five billies, and five male lambs for a peace offering.

On the fourth day of Tabernacle, Elizar chief of Reuben gave to God  a plate weighing 52 ounces of silver full of flour; a basin weighing 28 ounces of silver full of flour; a four ounce gold bowl full of incense; a bull, a ram, and a male lamb for a burnt offering; a billy goat for  a sin offering; and two oxen, five rams, five billies, and five male lambs for a peace offering.

On the fifth day of Tabernacle, Shelumiel gave to God a plate weighing 52 ounces of silver full of flour; a basin weighing 28 ounces of silver full of flour; a four ounce gold bowl full of incense; a bull, a ram, and a male lamb for a burnt offering; a billy goat for  a sin offering; and two oxen, five rams, five billies, and five male lambs for a peace offering.

On the sixth day of Tabernacle, Eliasaph chief of Gad gave to God the same damn thing as the others.

On the seventh day of Tabernacle, Elishama chief of Ephraim gave to God a plate weighing 52 ounces of silver full of flour; a basin….. you get the picture.

On the eighth day of Tabernacle, Gamaliel of chief of Manassah gave to God, do I even have to say it?

On the ninth day of Tabernacle, Abidan of chief of Benjamin yadda yadda yadda

On the tenth day, eleventh and twelfth days of Tabernacle, Ahiezer of chief of Dan, Pagiel of chief Asher, and Ahira chief of Naphatali, each gave the same stuff.

In total God got twelve plates totaling 39 pounds of silver; twelve basins weighing 21 pounds of silver; twelve dishes weighing three pounds of gold; 12 bulls, rams and lambs for burnt offerings; 12 goats for sin offerings; and 24 bulls, 60 rams, 60 goats, and 60 lambs for the peace offering barbecue, plus all that flour and incense.

At some point during all this, God sat in Its seat and started talking to Moses.

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