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The Israelite nation, although still not at their promised land destination, had grown substantially in number.
God instructed moses to "number" the people by taking a census.
God instructed moses to divide the nation into specific amounts of people to organize living arrangements in Cannan.
The Israelites were in the process of establishing their own numerical system.
Healthy males over twenty-five years and unmarried females who had no children.
All able bodied persons over the age of sixteen.
All men over the age of twenty.
A specially trained group of about 10000 men.
Because they were appointed to be in charge of the tabernacle and its furnishings.
Because the house of Levi had so few young males.
Because they had abandoned Moses over a disagreement about sacrifices.
Because they previously been sent North to Kandesh to establish an encampment site.
Loosening the woman's hair.
Burning the husband's grain offering on the altar.
Making the woman drink bitter holy water.
Having the woman provide a "truth" sacrifice.
God's speaking through the ark of testimony (covenant) and directing them.
The movement of a cloud
Reports from the scouts they had sent out to ensure safe passage.
The eather and seasons.
So He would prevent their enemies from attacking them.
He was angry because they were complaining.
He wanted to mark their encampment as a sacrifice to gim.
So he could destroy the tribe of Gad, who were conspiring against the people.
Flocks of quail.
Meat from fifty thousand sheep and goats.
Flocks of doves.
Thousands of cattle from an enemy nation.
They were stoned to death.
They died from a plague.
They were struck blind.
They were cut off from their people.