Nahshon, Who Brought the First Offering

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Genesis 46:1-7, Exodus 1:5-12, Exodus 3:7-11, Exodus 4:10-17, Exodus 6:23, Exodus 6:26, Exodus 12:21-23, Exodus 12:29-36, Exodus 12:40-41, Numbers 7:1-17

Start each day by reading the passages listed above. Then use the summary and reflection provided here to guide discussion around the daily reading.

Nahshon was the brother-in-law of Aaron and the leader of the tribe of Judah. He was part of the generation that was enslaved in Egypt, escaped in the exodus, experienced God’s revelation at Mount Sinai, and died during the desert wanderings. 

Where do you see God present and active in Nahshon’s story? 

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  1. Cindy Matute says:


  2. Kaylee Mahoney says:

    I see God in his promises and follow throughs.

  3. Katie Isaac says:

    I appreciate that Nahshon was highlighted. I’d never heard of him before! It was neat to imagine the Exodus from a man who is not a main character.

  4. kylie richardson says:

    God was trying to help Nahshon when he was in Egypt and not able to talk to them so God found a solution for him, God also helped him escape exodus but God honestly plays apart in everything everyone does.

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  6. Linda G says:

    We ALL are despite ourselves.

  7. Danya says:

    I did a study once called”Seamless” it traced the Bible from Genesis to Revelation showing how Jesus was present in every aspect of the Word of God and how everything ties in leaving no loose ends.

    He was there in the beginning and today He reigns supreme.

    This study pulls out every thing in us to think and reason.

  8. Paula Mullinax says:

    Nahshon is another example of Yahweh’s intention to be known in the world and how we are chosen. Nahshon wasn’t insignificant, he was willing or God couldn’t have used him. Not everyone called
    By God receives him. It is sweet to see this. Also, it stood out that it said they were enslaved 430 years to the day. God is faithful and just. I am glad. Even in there enslavement he was with them and heard their cry but he loved them enough to make sure that when he brought them out that most would have realized that he is sovereign and would follow him and teach the following generations to follow also.

  9. Laurie Ware says:

    Same here! I was stumped by all 4 questions!

  10. Ashley Banks says:

    Nahshon brought the first offering, David (his descendant) brought back the ark of the covenant to Israel after it had been stolen, Solomon another descendant built the Temple and gave the first sacrifice there, and Jesus, a descendant as well, was the last blood-sacrifice/ offering before the temple was destroyed.

  11. Ashley Harris says:

    430 years. That’s something like 21 generations. Tracing one person back through their family could take millions of individual lives to make happen. It’s a very long time for a culture to live and thrive in one place when I think about how the USA is only 246, about to be 247 haha, years old. We may feel like a drop in the ocean, but we are all threads in the fabric of His plan. And we may feel like things are taking forever, but God’s time is truly his own. Most of the Israelites did not live to see freedom. Keep the faith.

  12. Susie says:

    How fitting that someone in the tribe of Judah, in Jesus’ direct family line, who was David’s great-great-grandfather would give the first sacrifice.

    It is amazing how we can see so concretely God’s story being woven. These people were instruments, and they had no idea.

  13. Terri Baldwin says:

    Nahshon was, through Boaz, the direct male ancestor of David,[4] and thus of Solomon and all of the kings of the Kingdom of Judah. He was exactly halfway in the direct male line between Judah and King David.

    Nahshon is also mentioned in the New Testament in the genealogy of Jesus.[11]

  14. Kyle Hopkins says:

    I’m thankful that SRT illuminated Nahshon – who knew that this seemingly peripheral person had such a background and place of importance, besides being the leader of Judah.

  15. Victoria E says:

    Melanie Mayer, praying for you and your family. And Hello ERB!!!!!! We’ve missed you !!

  16. Kimberly Z says:

    @TAYLOR so glad to hear you’re doing well. Praying for you and your new relationship! Even though I have been reading the studies every day I don’t feel very present. I sometimes go through the motions but haven’t taken the time to really read and understand what I’m reading. I’m so grateful for all of you ladies who take the time to really understand the scripture because it helps me so much! @MELANIE praying for you to find direction and peace. I have been there and I understand your frustration. Praying for all you ladies!

  17. Cee Gee says:

    SHES!!!! My heart is so full after reading your comments on the study and your sweet comments and prayers for VBS! Today was absolutely BLESSED!!! Your fervent lrayers were so FELT and APPRECIATED!!! We have a smaller overall group than usual, but we had 8 in our 2nd grade class, and we KNOW God can do great things with small numbers. I love you all and have been praying for other VBS groups. I like your idea, SEARCHING, to continue to pray for VBS programs all through the summer! The kids are the future and they need God in a mighty way!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you and all praise, honor, and glory to our God!

  18. Adrianne says:

    I think I see Him in the fact our God kept his word. He brought his people out of Egypt. The life of Nahshon was the start of a chapter in the lives of a people leaving captivity and welcoming God’s promise of freedom in search of their land filled with milk and honey. God was in the life of Nahshon before Nahshon even walked the earth.

  19. Laurie Crary says:

    Wow, Maria B, thank you for that great information!!!

  20. Alayna P. says:

    Even though Nahshon is only mentioned at the end of the reading, he would’ve been present for everything that happened. He was enslaved. He was a part of the Exodus. He was the first one to step out into the Red Sea before it was even parted. I imagine that was pretty terrifying but it shows his faith and trust in God. He was the first to present his offering. The offering was very generous. Enduring Word said that God was showing them how to be givers. To be generous because they trust in God, who promised to meet all their needs. God chose him, from all the others we read about in today’s reading, to be apart of the Messiah’s lineage.

  21. Rhonda J. says:

    I wanted to add a shout-out for VBS! I too grew up going every year with many memories, and was excited when I was 12 or so and could help assist a leader, and eventually co-leader with a friend! Unfortunately..I’m not sure why my son never went to one growing up, and I have not helped out. :/ But…I did send a message today to my husband’s daughter that has 2 kids and encouraged her to send them to one. None of our grandkids parents raise them with ANY Christian values. All I can do is plant seeds and try to be a Godly example. Prayers for you all that are involved to help the children of this generation!! Extremely Important!! Our church’s VBS is this week as well and we had many, many kids signed up, so that is a positive sign! Let’s pray fervently on this!

    @Mercy–thank you, it was really cool that I am “feeling” the nudging now of the HS where before I didn’t recognize it as such!! God is good! Using us for His Glory!! Thank you for your wisdom today on our reading!

  22. Mercy says:

    Happy Monday she’s.
    I appreciate SRT brought to light today the person of Nahshon, whom I never heard of before in sermons or studies. But it is so humbling and encouraging to know that God sees all and we each have a part to play in the big picture of redemption.

    One point grabbed my full attention though is, Numbers 7:1 “…Moses had fully set up the tabernacle, and had anointed it, and sanctified it, and all the instruments thereof, both the altar and the vessels there of…”. What a thorough process to both anoint and sanctify, for the tabernacle and the vessels. That is in the Old Testament. Now, who is God’s tabernacle and God’s vessels in the new testament? It’s His children and those who are called to serve in ministry. It’s a stern reminder that for vessels of God (ministers of God, representatives of God) we are called to be sanctified, besides being anointed. Pursuing holiness daily is necessary for our purification and sanctification. Since without holiness, no one will see God (Hebrews 12:14). And everyone who hopes in God purifies himself just as He is pure (1 John 3:3). It’s a reminder to keep ourselves pure, so that we may see God (Matthew 5:8). Someone uses this image that’s stuck with me, we would not drink from a dirty cup, we would opt for a clean one. God wants sanctified/clean vessel as well, which He ordained such steps to be done by Moses. May we yearn to be purified and pursue holiness.

    Lifting our sisters in prayers:
    @MELANIE: may the Lord fight your battles, turn things around in your favour, give you rest and full restoration for mercy’s sake (Psalm 6:4).
    @RHONDA: so touched that you took the prompt of the Holy Spirit to reach out to that man, in spite of the urgency to leave (car pulled up for you). I am praying for that man. What an example you showed to let the Lord interrupt our plans, so His glory can be displayed and souls can be reached.
    @ERB: lovely to see you! Praying for you and your family.
    @CEE GEE: praying for you, and for @KRISTEN (Searching, I believe it’s Kristen that is also doing VBS volunteering), and any other she’s, kids and families that will be joining VBS. What a tremendous way to show the love of Christ, to build up faith and discipleship!
    @KATHY, @THERESA: mission trip success and safety.
    @DOROTHY, TRACI, MICHELLE PATIRE, SARAH D: missing you guys.
    Praying along SEARCHING and KELLY (NEO) over other she’s I missed :) May we intercede strongly for one another and see God’s power come through, like we already have.

    Glory to God.
    Be blessed dear sisters.

  23. Donna Wolcott says:

    Thank you sisters for all your comments, they really helped. When I saw the questions in the study book, I looked at the only paragraph about Nashon. Maria the background you provided was interesting. Melanie, I pray that the Lord covers you in His peace, He holds you in His hands. May all you VBS teachers have a wonderful week.

  24. Carol Hailey says:


  25. Mari says:

    VBS!!!! How I miss those days when my kids were little and looked forward to VBS! They would attend two VBS events every summer (and I volunteered for one of them) and when they were old enough, they participated and were part of the team. Due to my work hours and now that I find myself as a single parent, I am unable to take a week off work as now I use days here and days there to spend them with my own kids. Speaking of which today I have off, and this coming weekend is going be an extended weekend to spend time with my daughter. And then we have a small vacation next month. All to say THANK YOU, to all you who volunteer for VBS. YOU are making a difference. I too, am going to go back and dig more knowledge about Nahshon. Happy Monday sweet SRT She’s

  26. Lehua K. says:

    I’m grateful that this study is teaching me to reflect more and study with God intimately, to see what He wants me to learn from His passages in this moment. What I took away today was a deep sense of awe and wonder on what it might have been like for Nahshon and the others in that day to lead a tribe, to be freed from centuries of slavery, to see the sea parted, and to see the marvelous work of God and His mighty presence. How great are the wonders He performed to care for and protect His people. Hallelujah.

  27. Teresa Donley says:

    I am struck when looking at the genealogy of Jesus that there are many names that we don’t see elsewhere, as well as the names of people whose stories we know, and they are familiar to us. Even though someone was not known for their stories and their faith, each one was vital in the lineage of Jesus. Without each one listed in the genealogy, the line would have been broken that leads all the way back to Abraham, and to Adam. This tells me that wherever I am in the story of my family, my generation, that our family would not exist today without me, exactly where God put me, in my family’s line.

  28. Foster Mama says:

    @ KAREN Y, I echo your prayer for @ MELANIE M …and I also prayed it over my own family!!

    Ditto on the “underwhelmed” and being so thankful for my sisters here! And the wonderful reminder that many people, whether in / out of the spotlight, are integral to the story!

    @ THERESA, safe travels for hubby and I’m continuing to pray over finances; we seem to be in.a period of waiting re: news about the sunshine in our care — will just continue to serve and delight in him every day and need to trust God.

    Please pray for my mind, as the enemy’s attacks re: that one most difficult relationship have been fierce the past week.

    @ KELLY (NEO) and @ SEARCHING and all those of you who being knowledge and gather the prayer requests…thank you and God bless you with wisdom and overflowing joy!!

    @ TAYLOR, enjoy every second of both this new relationship and your time away; may you feel God holding you each moment.

    (@ CINDY HANNA, the comment from @ ERB I referred to is from yesterday.)

  29. Cindy Hanna says:

    Like Rhonda J. I was a bit underwhelmed by the Nashon reference as well. I wasn’t discouraged though because I knew all I had to do was seek out the wisdom on todays comments to gain understanding. I guess that’s one of the perks of living on the west coast. Even though I’m up and reading by 5:30 a.m. many of you have already been awake for 2 to 3 hours. Love seeing your comments @Karen Roper. Although I searched I didn’t see ERB’s post. I must not be receiving all comments on this format. Glad to know she checked in. Happy Monday everyone! Praying for all requests. Especially mindful of all who are / will be working in VBS this summer. Ours won’t be until August. Looking forward to taking our 3 yr old granddaughter to her fist VBS and helping out.

  30. Erica Chiarelli says:

    He is seen and known by God, even if we don’t have a full story of His life. God sees each one of us! And this man is part of Jesus’ line, just as we all are, spiritually!

  31. Tricia Cavanaugh says:

    Melanie, I am agreeing with all of our other sisters in prayer for you.

    Thank you all for sharing about Nahshon. It makes so much more sense. I trust that everyone had a nice weekend and blessings this week ahead. To those of you who have VBS this week, strength and peace to you. Our church also has VBS this week but I work the night shift and will be working. My husband, Brian, will be part of VBS all week long. Please keep our VBS in prayers also. I can’t remember who said it, but that is a good idea for us to be praying for VBS all summer long. 

  32. Sharon, Jersey Girl says:

    God’s hand is in everyone’s story, even if we don’t recognize it. For Nahshon, brother in law to Aaron, from the tribe of Judah, it is fitting that he was the one who brought his offering down on the first day. Nahshon is also named in the genealogy of Jesus. God had a perfect plan for Nahshon and He also has a perfect plan for each one of us!

    Lifting you in prayer this morning @Melanie Mayer.
    @Taylor – it’s exciting to hear you have met someone online! I continue to pray God’s will in this relationship. Glad to hear you are back in the Word, it is so needed every single day…enjoy your time in the Outer Banks!
    Continuing to pray for @Rhonda J. @Sarah D. @Katie L. @Heidi and all other requests as I see them.
    Welcome back @Erb & @Taylor

    A blessed Monday to you all sisters!

  33. Renee Roberts says:

    Thank you for this insight! I wasn’t aware if this history!

  34. Brooke P says:


  35. Shelly says:

    Note-I don’t really know why there’s a capital A and symbol following ‘exodus’ in my text. It did that when I posted it-weird

  36. Shelly says:

    The offerings that were brought to the tabernacle (and also all the supplies to make the tabernacle itself), like Nashon’s silver bowl and silver platter, etc, were all provided by God Himself when He told them to plunder the Egyptians before the Exodus. God has given the animals offspring during this past year also to supply the requirement for the burnt, sin, and peace offerings. The grain in the bowl also shows God’s provision in the 11 1/2 months since the exodus. (I’m thinking this means God has given a crop and a harvest for the people- not just that this is still grain from the original exodus‍♀️) It reminds me that God provides everything-when a captive, when free, when wandering in a desert-everywhere and in every circumstance. He provides that which He requires for His glory and the atoning of our sins because, on our own, we have nothing to bring that will bring about peace and reconciliation between God and us. Oh, the lengths that God goes to to be with His people. What love. What grace.

  37. Foster Mama says:

    @ ERB, Let me be the 1000th sister to say…I loved seeing your name appear in the comments, even for a brief one!! God bless and wrap His fatherly arms around you!! ❤️

  38. Jeanie Mclellan says:


  39. Rhonda J. says:

    Thank you She’s for a little more clarification on Nahshon, since I was left feeling a little underwhelmed on the readings of how he fit in. Now it makes a little more sense. I like the comment of how some of us have great stories, others aren’t as well known, but God is weaving a story through all of us and interwoven with others all to make a beautiful picture! Help each of us to remember that Lord, we are all important whether we feel it or not! But I do have to say, it is good that we long to know how God can use us and when we line up with that it does give us a sense of joy!

    @CEE Gee- Have fun today! I too get so nervous to lead and do something new, but you will have so much fun! Can’t wait to hear a wrap up of your experience at the end of the week!

    @Melanie- prayers for you to get a sense of peace today as you overcome satan’s woes over you. God has got you, give it to him, and he will give you rest.

    @Taylor- prayers for your new relationship! How exciting!

    @Searching- good recap for us!
    Thanks for the prayers everyone!

  40. Karen S says:

    @Melanie Mayer lifting you in prayer ❤️

  41. Karen Johansen says:

    Praying for you today, Melanie.

  42. Kristen Marino says:

    I read this is my study Bible. Offerings made at the dedication of the tabernacle are listed. Each one of the twelve tribal leaders has a day in which he brings a number of expensive gifts and specified offerings. The precise details of the gifts and offerings is a vivid reminder that God is interested in every part of the spiritual service rendered by His people. Thank Praying for the needs mentioned and for you all today!

  43. Searching says:

    As KELLY (NEO) pointed out, Nahshon was the leader of the tribe (Judah) during the years of desert wandering – as designated by the Lord in Numbers 1:7. Starting in vs 4 for context –
    4 And with you there shall be a man from every tribe, each one the head of his father’s house.
    5 “These are the names of the men who shall stand with you: from Reuben, Elizur the son of Shedeur; 6 from Simeon, Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai; 7 from Judah, Nahshon the son of Amminadab;

    So we see God’s hand on him at least from the time of the census (taken early in 2nd year) after leaving Egypt, when it is stated to Moses. The Lord reinforces Nahshon’s position in Numbers 2:3 … and Nahshon the son of Amminadab shall be the leader of the children of Judah.

    I also see God’s hand on Nahshon in him being #1 in bringing the offerings, and in knowing what to bring. I didn’t see any instructions about the order of bringing or content of offering but since the other 11 copied his offering exactly and they all lived, God’s hand was on that as well.

    CEE GEE (congrats on getting your room put together!) and at least one other sister with VBS this week (my apologies that I could not find your name in my messy notes) Praying for the VBS leaders and workers this week, and for the children to soak up the truths of God.
    Let’s all pray for VBS each week this summer – other than July 4 week, there must be countless ones going on each week with lots of little minds to pour into.

    BRENDA – praying for traveling safety, and safety while in Memphis

    KELLY (NEO) joining you in prayer

    RHONDA J – praying for pain relief for you and your dad, and for God to show himself in amazing ways (including pain relief) to the man at church that you witnessed to yesterday. Your kindness was likely like a cup of cool water on a hot day to him – letting him know that he was seen by you and by God ❤️

    AZ WALKER – praying for rest and pain relief

    MELANIE MAYER – praying for healing and rest in your home and family

    LYNNE FROM AL – praying for extra wisdom, strength , patience, energy, rest for you and for Jack – that this will be a good week for him ❤️

    THERESA – amen. God is always working!

    KATIE L – praying for you and your son, for a change of heart and direction in your ex-MIL

    HEINKE – praying ❤️

    ELLA – praying ❤️

    So many missed – TINA, CHURCHMOUSE, MELANIE, ANGIE x 2, KARRIE, MARTHA HIX, GRAMSIESUE and many others.

  44. Karen Y says:

    A prayer for MELANIE MAYER: Lord, you tell us to come to you when we are weary and heavy burdened and you promise to give us rest. Please give Melanie and her family the rest, peace, and healing she seeks from you. Strengthen and guide her through these troubled times until her circumstances change. Give her the hope that when she comes out on the other side of this, she will joyfully praise you and tell others about your faithfulness.

  45. Kristine Loughman says:

    Thank you for sharing this background on Nahahon. I love the idea that he was the first to jump into the waters of the Red Sea. Imagine the faith it took to see those churning waters and think “God’s got this”. It reminds me of Peter’s first steps out of the boat when Jesus called to him. May I be as quick to hear the voice of God and follow as Nahshon!

  46. Cee Gee says:

    NASHON – 5th generation. It helped me to go to Matthew and read where his name fit in. Once again we see God use someone ‘in the background’ to accomplish His will. I need to remember that God is active in my life in the same way.

    Praising God this morning that my husband and I got our room decorations up yesterday despite the MANY attempts by Satan to thwart our efforts. Man, it was a battle!

    KELLY NEO – Thanks so much and I am agreeing with you in your prayers for those mentioned.

    KATHY – Praying for the mission work in IN this week. We saw a video of the recent mission trip in our church yesterday. Awesome work! God bless! May all you help recognize that you are acting as the hands and feet of Jesus and long to know Him.

    Off to get ready for VBS and review today’s material.

  47. Theresa says:

    When we read this section of Exodus, the focus is on Moses and Aaron and the work God does through them to bring his people out of Egypt. But while God used them to do miracles and to free his people, they aren’t in the direct lineage of Jesus. I found it interesting that Nahshon, the direct ancestor was “married into” this miracle story. He was the brother-in-law of Aaron. And while at the time, he may have felt like his role was less significant than what Moses and Aaron were doing, he was ultimately chosen to bring the first sacrifice in the tabernacle and it’s his line that brought the messiah. God moves through history in so many ways. Some of us are called to prominence in our lifetimes and others will never see the reverberations of the impact they have. In both situations, God is moving, working, and fulfilling his promises.

    KATIE L – praying for your court case

    FOSTER MAMA – continuing to pray for God’s hand to be on the baby in your care

    RHONDA – praying for you!

    HEIDI – hope you’re doing well! Praying that you are enjoying this time with your family.

    I appreciate the prayers for my husband. He will be leaving for Zimbabwe this afternoon.

    Have a wonderful Monday, ladies!

  48. Melanie Mayer says:

    I could use prayer today. I am tired and overwhelmed. Also frustrated! I need direction and peace. I need healing in my home and rest. Sisters I would ask that you lift up my family and I this week please. Grateful for my community

  49. Maria Baer says:

    I wanted to learn more about Nahshon and I love this background in the Jewish Encyclopedia as to why he was chosen to go first in presenting the offering: “At the crossing of the Red Sea, Nahshon was the first to spring into the water (whence his name = “stormy sea-waves”), and it is in virtue of this that he was chosen to be the first to bring the dedicatory offering (Soṭah 37a; Num. R. xiii. 9), Nahshon was a model prince (Hor. 11a; Zeb. 9b, 101b), and was called “king” (Num. 47). When the princes of the different tribes were required to bring their offerings, each on a separate day, Moses was embarrassed, not knowing who should be the first; but all Israel pointed at Nahshon, saying, “He sanctified the name of God by springing first into the Red Sea; he is worthy to bring down the Shekinah; therefore he shall be the first to bring the offering.”

  50. Lois East says:


  51. Kelly (NEO) says:

    Nahshon had a front row seat the the wonders of the Exodus. He was the leader of the tribe that lead Israel when they moved through the desert.

    ERB – thanks for checking in! Praying your brother is healed up and has wrapped up his schoolwork. Praying your seizures are being kept in check.

    CEE GEE – praying the children see Jesus in you and the others at VBS

    THERESA – safe travels for your husband

    TAYLOR – enjoy your time at the Outter Banks. Thanks for your update too


  52. Aimee D-R says:

    God’s ways are greater than our ways.