Order, Boundaries, Purpose (B’Midbar - In The Wilderness)

Numbers 1:1-4:20

ב     B     Bet

The meanings of this letter are house, tent, family as well as in, with, inside or within as the family resides within the house or tent.

מ     M     Mem

The meanings of this letter are liquid, water and sea, mighty and massive from the size of the sea and chaos from the storms of the sea. It also has the meaning of flow, flowing. It is used as a prefix for the word from.

דָּבָר     RBD     DABAR

This word in Hebrews is order, word, spoke. An arrangement or placement of something creating order. Combine separate items into one.

Flowing from the house is His word to bring order.

In Hebrew thought words contain substance just as physical objects do.

A careful arrangement of words or commands, an accurate arrangement of all things

YHWH has been bringing order to the Hebrews since He sent Moshe.

The Tabernacle was arranged in a particular order.  The sanctuary is to be a place of order. 

Exodus 27:21 - In the Tent of Meeting, outside the curtain which is before the Testimony, Aaron and his sons will set it in order, to burn from evening to morning before Adonai. It will be a statute forever throughout their generations, on behalf of Bnei-Yisrael.

Exodus 39:33-42 - Then they brought the Tabernacle to Moses, along with the tent and all of its furnishings, its clasps, its boards, its crossbars, its pillars, and its bases; along with the covering of ram skins dyed red, and the covering of sealskins, the veil of the curtain; as well as the Ark of the Testimony with its poles, and the atonement cover; the table and all of its utensils, the showbread; the pure menorah with its lamps to be set in order, along with all of its utensils, and oil for the light; the golden altar, the anointing oil, the sweet incense, and the curtain for the entrance of the tent; the bronze altar, its grating and its poles along with all of its utensils, and the basin and its base; the hangings for the courtyard, with its pillars, its bases and the curtain for the gate of the courtyard, with its cords and its pegs, along with all the instruments for the service of the Tabernacle of the Tent of Meeting; as well as the woven garments for ministering in the Sanctuary, the holy garments for Aaron the kohen and for his sons to serve as kohanim. According to everything that Adonai had commanded Moses, Bnei-Yisrael had done all the work just so.

1 Corinthians 14:40 - But let everything be done decently and in order.


Anything marking a limit. (Webster’s New World)

Boundaries need to be clear and definitive.

The Israelites were given instructions as to where they were to camp around the Tabernacle.

They were to march in the particular order YHWH gave them.

Relationships need boundaries.

Deuteronomy 19:14 - You must not move your neighbor’s boundary marker that the first generations marked out, in the inheritance you will receive in the land Yahweh your God is giving you to possess.

Your boundaries help you bond with others in a healthy way. Respecting the boundaries of others gives them a sense of security, which strengthen your connection with them. Ask yourself if the way you bond is good for your boundaries as well as the boundaries for others.

People were always trying to get Yeshua to cross His boundaries, even the devil.

John 5:19 = Therefore Yeshua answered them, “Amen, amen I tell you, the Son cannot do anything by Himself. He can do only what He sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise.


The Levites were given specific directions as to how they were to care for the Tabernacle.

A leader from each tribe was to help Moses and Aaron when came to counting the men 20 years and older who were capable to fight.

Moses was assigned to lead the people out of Bondage.

Elders were to help Moses judge the people when there was disputes

Solomon lost sight of being the king.

Don’t confuse goals with purpose.

1 Corinthians 12:14 - For the body is not one part, but many. If  the foot says, “Since I’m not a hand, I’m not part of  the body,” is it therefore not part of the body? And if the ear says, “Since I’m not an eye, I’m not part of the body,” is it for this reason any less part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed the parts - each one of them - in the body just as He desired. If they were all one part, where would the body be? But now there are many parts, yet one body.

When we are out of order and don’t respect boundaries, fulfilling our purpose will fail.

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