Monday, May 2, 2016

Post Challenge Trivia

There were many interesting facts I came upon as I researched and wrote this year's blog but didn't include in the challenge.  Perhaps you may want to use them for some Bible trivia.

If you want to know the exact birth order of Jacob's children:

Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Dinah, Joseph, and Benjamin.

Or, if you want to go by their name's meanings:

May He Add
My Struggle/My Right Hand

The order the tribes marched in the desert and camped by the Tabernacle:

On the East side - Judah (1), Issachar (2), Zebulun (3)
On the South side - Reuben (4), Simeon (5), Gad (6)
On the West side - Ephraim (7), Manasseh (8), Benjamin (9)
On the North side - Dan (10), Asher (11), Naphtali (12)

The Levites marched in the middle, carrying the Tabernacle and its furnishings.

Ezekiel saw the Tribes in heaven this way:

At the North Gate - Reuben, Judah, and Levi
At the East Gate - Joseph, Benjamin, and Dan
At the South Gate - Simeon, Issachar, and Zebulun
At the West gate - Gad, Asher, Naphtali

There was a time when the tribes were divided up into two groups to bless and curse the Israelites.  Those who called the blessings did so upon Mount Gerizim and they were:
 Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph, Benjamin.

Those who called the curses did so upon Mount Ebal and they were:
 Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali.

The explorers of the promised land from each tribe:
Reuben - Shammua son of Zaccur
Simeon - Shaphat son of Hori
Judah - Caleb son of Jephunneh
Issachar - Igal son of Joseph
Ephraim - Hoseha son of Nun
Benjamin - Palti son of Raphu
Zebulun - Gaddiel son of Sodi
Manasseh - Gaddi son of Susi
Dan - Ammiel son of Gemmali
Asher - Sethur son of Micahel
Naphtali - Nahbi son of Vopshi
Gad - Geuel son of Maki

The priest's breastpiece was made of 
Ruby, topaz, beryl, turquoise sapphire, emerald, jacinth, agate, amethyst, chrysolite, onyx, jasper.

Heaven's wall, as seen in John's vision was made of
Jasper, sapphire, chalcedony, emerald, sardonyx, carnelian, chrysolite, beryl, topaz, chrysoprase, jacinth, amethyst

The Levites were responsible for the care of the Tabernacle.  Levis sons divided up the tasks.
Gershon was responsible for the care of the tabernacle and the tent, its coverings, the curtain at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting, courtyard, curtain to the entrance of the courtyard surround the tabernacle, altar and the ropes and everything related to its use.

Kohath was responsible for the care of the ark, the table, the lamp stand, the altars, the articles of the sanctuary used in ministering, the curtain and everything related to its use.

Merari took care of the frames of the tabernacle, crossbars, posts, bases, all its equipment, and everything related to its use as well as the posts surrounding the courtyard and their bases, tent pegs, and ropes.

When the offering was made for the Tabernacle, after everything was prepared as the Lord has instructed Moses, a representative from each tribe brought:

one silver plate weighing 130 shekels filled with fine flour mixd with oil as a grain offering
one silver sprinkling bowl weighing 70 shekels 
one gold dish weighing 10 shekels filled with incense
one young bull
one ram,
one male lamb one year old for the burnt offering
one male goat for a sin offering
two oxen
five rams
five male lambs a  year old for the fellowship offering.  

The days in order each tribe presented their offering.
Day 1 - Judah
Day 2 - Issachar
Day 3 - Zebulun
Day 4 - Reuben
Day 5 - Simeon
Day 6 - Gad
Day 7 - Ephraim
Day 8 - Manasseh
Day 9 - Benjamin
Day 10 - Dan
Day 11 - Asher
Day 12 - Naphtali

The number of men 20 years old and older at the first census/second census:

Reuben - 46,500/43,700
Simeon - 59,300/22,200
Levi - Not counted in the first census/Males one month old and older at second: 23,000
Judah - 74,600/76,500
Dan - 62,700/ 64,400
Naphtali - 53,400/45,400
Gad - 45,650/40,500
Asher - 41,500/53,400
Issachar - 54,400/64,33
Zebulun - 57,400/60,500
Joseph (Ephraim) - 40,500/32,500
           (Manasseh) - 32,200/52,700
Benjamin - 35,400/45,600

Some more well known descendants of the tribes:

Simeon - Asa; Josiah
Levi - Moses
Judah - Caleb; Jesus
Asher - Anna
Benjamin - King Saul; Apostle Paul
Ephraim - Joshua

It's been a great ride, I hope you have been challenged to dig deeper.