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Good Morning.

Everyone of the children of Israel shall camp by his own standard, beside the emblems of his father’s house; they shall camp some distance from the tabernacle of meeting. (Numbers 2:2)

As most know, the twelve tribes were organized into four main camps, made up of three tribes in each camp. These four camps were then stationed around the Sanctuary and the different camps formed by the Levites. Each camp assembled under a unique standard that identified that camp. To the east was the camp of Judah, its emblem being a lion. To the south was Reuben, whose emblem was the face of a man. To the north was the camp of Dan whose ensign was an eagle. Finally, to the west was Ephraim who was represented by a bull.

In keeping with the idea that they were considered the LORD’s hosts or armies, this sectioning and positioning of the camps suggests they were arranged by corps (camp) and then by division (tribe). The divisions (tribes) were then categorized by families (regiments) within the tribe. So not only was there familial organization but also a well organized military force — these were His “legions.” But there is one other element that needs to mentioned that does not necessarily stand out unless you’re paying close attention.

The four camps that surrounded the Sanctuary, with their emblems, was obviously supposed to simulate what one would see if they could be in the Heavenly Courtroom. Both Ezekiel and John describe living creatures that had the face of a lion, a man, an eagle and a bull or calf. These living creatures surrounded the Throne of God and, day and right, would proclaim, ““Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” (Revelation 4:8).

It seems to me then, that the earthly hosts (God’s people) should do as the heavenly hosts — proclaim His greatness and holiness without ceasing. We are His people and, as such, are to proclaim the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. We who have been privileged to enjoy His Presence in our midst should never tire of announcing to the world that our God, the One who lives forever, is holy.

Blessings and Shalom,  




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