It's a good thing this section is completely boring, I don't have much time for blogging today.
God commands Moses to to take a census of the Israelis. What? Are you kidding me? What part of "all knowing God" does the bible not understand? Does God not know how many Israelis there are?
The size of the army ends up being a little over 600,000. The Levites weren't counted because they are now in charge of the tabernacle (these were the same guys that went through camp killing their neighbors and families because of the golden calf). Now anyone who isn't a Levite that approaches the tabernacle is to be killed.
Numbers 2 just describes how the Israelite clans are to be arranged in the camp *yawn*.