The orderly arrangement of the tribes 

Old Testament: Num 2.10–16

To read the Bible in a year, read Numbers 1–2 on February 19, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022

By Don Ruhl 

Our God is a God of order. You can see it everywhere in nature, and in the Scriptures. For example, he did not have the families of Israel just anywhere and everywhere during their wilderness camps, but he wanted them arranged by tribe around the tabernacle: 

“On the south side shall be the standard of the forces with Reuben according to their armies, and the leader of the children of Reuben shall be Elizur the son of Shedeur…Those who camp next to him shall be the tribe of Simeon, and the leader of the children of Simeon shall be Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai…Then comes the tribe of Gad, and the leader of the children of Gad shall be Eliasaph the son of Reuel…”

– Numbers 2.10–16 

The more I think on the orderliness of our God, the more I see disorder in how I do things and how I have my things arranged in my office and at home. This has moved me to do better that my life might reflect my belief in the God of order. 


  • For camping around the tabernacle, group mentioned in the text above, was considered the camp of Reuben. How many did Moses say were numbered in this group? (See verse 16.) 
  • What three tribes formed this group? 

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