Numbers Chapter 4 Discussion

  • BADGERS SKIN - in Reply on Numbers 4:13
    Gill's Exposition of the Bible

    And they shall put upon it all the vessels thereof,.... Upon the altar covered with a blue cloth; on that were to be put everything belonging to the altar:

    wherewith they minister about it; the priests, when they offered sacrifice on it:

    even the censers, the flesh-hooks, and the shovels, and the basins,

    all the vessels of the altar; of which see Exodus 27:3,

    and they shall spread upon it a covering of badgers' skins: to prevent the rains falling upon them, which being all of brass, would be apt to tarnish:

    and put to the staves of it; which were made to bear and carry it on such an occasion as this, Exodus 27:6. No mention is made of the laver, though there is both in the Septuagint and Samaritan versions, which add,"and they shall take a purple cloth and cover the layer, and its base, and shall put it into a covering of skin of a blue colour, and put it upon bearers:''but perhaps the reason why this is not mentioned is, because it was carried uncovered; the mystery of which, Ainsworth conjectures, was this, that it might be a lively representation of the grace of God in Christ, continuing and opened as an ever springing fountain, where always God's elect, having faith in him, may wash and purge themselves in the blood of Christ unto forgiveness of sin sanctification of the Spirit, and salvation; see Zechariah 13:1.

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  • Linnie Branton on Numbers 4:13
    The badger is an unclean animal. Is the badger referenced here the same animal that we know as a badger?
  • David Williams on Numbers 4:13
    Thomas, badger then is not the current animal we know as badger. In the old days, badger was a sea cow.
  • Thomas Allan Coates on Numbers 4
    i thought badg ers skin was unclean why was it used as a covering
  • Solomon - in Reply on Numbers 4
    Try recalculating;
    Kohathites = 2750 (verse 36)
    Gershonites = 2630 (verse 40)
    Merari = 3200 (verse 44)
    which when you add these you total 8580
  • Brenda Holland on Numbers 4
    When I add the numbers given of the sons of Kohathites + Gershan's + Merari's it totals 8, 600. But the sum given in verse 48 is 8,580. What am I not counting correctly?
  • Artie vanlandingham on Numbers 4
    The Rams skins were dyed red and symbolic of the substitute Ram given by God unto Abraham. The Badger skins on top of the Rams skins was symbolic of gold, since the badger skins are the closest animal skins by weight compared to gold. In other words the slain Ram was precious. Also the badger can get bitten by a poisonous serpent and revive to attack, kill, and eat the serpent. Jesus
  • Stanjett - in Reply on Numbers 4
    They used badgers skin. Some here say that used cow skins. Not so. If it was He would have said it. Also badgers skins make more sense. Badgers skins shed water, rain. Have you ever had a leather coat and wore it in the rain? If you did its no good any more because it will draw up two sizes too small.
  • Irene123 on Numbers 4
    The covering of God's tabernacle/ark, etc.; badger skins/KJV; sea cow skins/Niv. KJV was ordained of God as His TRANSLATION (NOT interpretation) in 1611 by the order of King James. God was therewith the ministers/scholars who made this translation over a period of 7 years. Under the threat of death from King James if it didn't suit the church. These men prayed MIGHTILY during the 7 yrs.
  • Dewey J on Numbers 4
    Wanda, I believe this is more than the first time you have asked this question. Though presently it's now almost a year later I by the Holy Ghost will attempt to shed some light on this issue. Num. V6 and 10 in the NIV says sea cow's skin and the KJV says badger's skin. I believe either could have been used in that service. God bless us all in reading and understanding his Word. Glory be to God in the highest through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen!
  • Insight 777 on Numbers 4
    Verses 6 and 10, a badger is rarely seen during the day as it hunts at night to avoid predators. I think badgers may be the symbolic term used for the secret service, like the mossad which is the national intelligence agency of Israel, which protects the ark.
  • Wanda Smith on Numbers 4:6
    I read one bible and it said that they use sea cows to cover the ark and another said they use Badgers skins, so which one did they really use.I would like to know the true answer. thanks
  • Kopham makunga on Numbers 4:9
    Theres no light it cannot function propaly by our willng to do it wht we want need to them.
  • Prophet on Numbers 4
    Many are needed to clean, maintain and make safe the tabernacle. Do your share of the work and keep your house in order. Be ready.
  • Jesse sparks on Numbers 4:13
    this is tell us to forget and cleanse our mind of old things. and give it to the LORD.

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