“The appointed responsibility of Eleazar son of Aaron the priest is for the oil for the light, and the spiced incense, and the daily grain offering, and the anointing oil; he also has 1 the appointed responsibility over all the tabernacle with 2 all that is in it, over the sanctuary and over all its furnishings.” 3
Whether it was for two days, or a month, or a year, 1 that the cloud prolonged its stay 2 over the tabernacle, the Israelites remained camped without traveling; 3 but when it was taken up, they traveled on.
Does it seem too small a thing to you that the God of Israel has separated you from the community of Israel to bring you near to himself, to perform the service of the tabernacle of the Lord, and to stand before the community to minister to them?
From the Israelites’ half-share you are to take one portion out of fifty of the people, the cattle, the donkeys, and the sheep – from every kind of animal – and you are to give them to the Levites, who are responsible for the care of the Lord’s tabernacle.”
From the Israelites’ share Moses took one of every fifty people and animals and gave them to the Levites who were responsible for the care of the Lord’s tabernacle, just as the Lord commanded Moses.
You are to kill the bull before the Lord at the entrance to the tent of meeting
“With it you are to anoint the tent of meeting, the ark of the testimony,
Then the high priest 1 must bring some of the blood of the bull to the Meeting Tent,
and assemble the whole congregation at the entrance of the Meeting Tent.” 1
Then Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance of the tent of meeting, and the plague was stopped.
Then Moses placed the staffs before the Lord in the tent of the testimony. 1
Zechariah son of Meshelemiah was the guard at the entrance to the meeting tent.
My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people.
The Lord appeared in the tent in a pillar of cloud that 1 stood above the door of the tent.
They and their descendants were assigned to guard the gates of the Lord’s sanctuary (that is, the tabernacle). 1
So with these things prepared like this, the priests enter continually into the outer tent 1 as they perform their duties.
But those who were to camp in front of the tabernacle on the east, in front of the tent of meeting, were Moses, Aaron, 1 and his sons. They were responsible for the needs 2 of the sanctuary and for the needs of the Israelites, but the unauthorized person who approached was to be put to death.
All the skilled among those who were doing the work made the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twisted linen and blue and purple and scarlet; they were made with cherubim that were the work of an artistic designer.