Bible Explorer For The Young (Numbers)


Jesus at the Center of It All

John 15:4 

Remain in Me, and I will remain in you.

God told Moses and Aaron to do a census* of the Israelites and arrange the camp position of each tribe in the wilderness. During a census, all the tribes would be counted except the tribe of Levi. This census is also a symbol of His love for them. Each person is so priceless to God that He takes the time to count them one by one. 

Once the census was done, God told Moses about their camp arrangement: 

Naphtali, Dan, and Asher would be on the Northside. 

Reuben, Simeon, and Gad would be on the Southside. 

Judah, Zebulun, and Issachar would be on the Eastside. 

Benjamin, Manasseh, and Ephraim would be on the Westside. 

Levi would be in the middle of all the camps, and so would the tabernacle of meeting. The tabernacle of meeting was the place where the Israelites worshipped God.

This camp arrangement is a picture of how Jesus Christ must be at the very center of your life. Just as God wanted the tabernacle of meeting to be at the center of the camps, He also wants you to put Him at the center of your life. 


Dear God, I want to learn more of Your teachings, believe in Your word and walk in Your path. Be the center of it all, Jesus. Amen. 

* an official count or survey, especially of a population