by Brad Scott
One of our latest Hebrew words, Order addressed the background of the meaning of the order of the resurrection. There are several other words contained in the marching order of the twelve tribes that are equally thought provoking. In Bemidebar (Numbers) we read:
Bemidebar 1:51-52And when the tabernacle setteth forward, the Levites shall take it down: and when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the Levites shall set it up: and the stranger who cometh near shall be put to death. And the children of Israel shall pitch their tents, every man by his own camp, and every man by his own standard, throughout their hosts.
Sha’ul tells us in 1Corinthians 5:1-2, that when our earthly tabernacle is dissolved, that we have an eternal building not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Many times in Scripture our body is called a tabernacle or tent. Sha’ul (Paul) is referring to the resurrection of our new bodies after these bodies or this tabernacle is dissolved or dead. So, just before the order of the twelve tribes entering the land, we are told that the tabernacle will be taken down in one place, and set up in the next place, every man according to his standard or order. The phrase taken down is yarad (ירד) in the Hebrew. This word means to go down or to die. Here is an example from Bere’shiyt (Genesis).
Bere’shiyt 44:29And if ye take this also from me, and mischief befall him, ye shall bring down [yarad] my gray hairs with sorrow to sheol.
Before the marching order of the tribes, we are told that the tabernacle must first go down (yarad, die). Our next Hebrew word, Bands, will add even more intrigue to the order of the resurrection!
Shalom Alecheim! ◊