Team effort and synergy
February 9 Bible Reading: Numbers Chapters 1-3
As we start reading the book of Numbers, we see that God directs Moses and Aaron to take a census of the Israelites. "Take a census of all the congregation of the children of Israel, by their families, by their fathers' houses, according to the number of names, every male individually, from twenty years old and above--all who are able to go to war in Israel. You and Aaron shall number them by their armies” (Num 1:2-3). However, this was a gigantic task that both Moses and Aaron could not do by themselves. So, God told them: “And with you there shall be a man from every tribe, each one the head of his father's house” (Num 1:4b). These twelve men “…were chosen from the congregation, leaders of their fathers' tribes, heads of the divisions in Israel” (Num 1:16).
So, Moses, Aaron and the twelve tribe leaders assembled all the people, and the census was taken by each head of family orally reciting their family ancestry on their father’s side from twenty year old and above individually (Num 1:17-18). The mammoth task of taking the census was done in order exactly as the Lord commanded (Num 1:19, 54). All the Israelites (except the tribe of Levi) numbered to 603,550 (Num 1:46) and the tribe of Levi were later numbered to 22,000 (Lev 3:39).