April 05, 2007

Breadcrumb: Draft dodgers

We read several times in Num. 1-2 that the census of warriors did not include the Levite tribe, because they were guardians of the tabernacle. It was an important job: anyone else who tried to carry the tabernacle would be put to death. (Num. 1:51) On the other hand, I can only imagine that some of the warriors, in the middle of a fierce battle, would be annoyed by these hereditary draft-dodgers, living the cushy life of burning incense and eating sacrificed animals. At least, until they remembered Aaron's sons, who were killed by God for burning the wrong incense the first day on the job. (Lev. 10)

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