Levi had three sons: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari (v. 17). A census was conducted of all males one month old and upward. The sons of Gershon totaled 7,500 males (v. 22). Kohath’s male family members totaled 8,600 (v. 28), and the sons of Merari totaled 6,200 (v. 34). God gave each of these descendants’ families a specific charge or duty in the care of the tabernacle, His dwelling.
• The Gershonites cared for the tent, the curtains, door hangings, and all the cords (vv. 25-26).
• The Kohathites were responsible for all the sacred furniture, and the internal hangings (v. 31).
• The Merarites cared for the boards, pillars, sockets, pins, and cords (v. 36-37).