In Numbers 1 when God tells Moses to number the people, He tells Moses not to count the Levites. The Levites will be in charge over the tabernacle. at the end off verse 51 it says that the stranger that comes near to the tabernacle will be put to death. It sounds like the stranger is anyone that is not a Levite. Yet in Lev. 4 God commands that one [common folk and rulers(non-Levites), in addition to priest] bring their sin offering to the brazen alter (that was the first piece of furniture inside the tabernacle) and make their sacrifice. So, a non-Levite with a sin offering is not a stranger or he would have been put to death. I'm a little confused. Who is the 'stranger' in Numbers 1:51? Num 1:50 But thou, appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony, and over all the vessels thereof, and over all things that belong to it: they shall bear the tabernacle, and all its vessels; and they shall serve it, and round about the tabernacle shall they encamp; Num 1:51 and when the tabernacle setteth forward, the Levites shall take it down; and when the tabernacle encampeth, the Levites shall set it up; and the stranger that cometh near shall be put to death. Lev. 4 22 'When a ruler has sinned, and done something unintentionally against any of the commandments of the Lord his God in anything which should not be done, and is guilty, 23 or if his sin which he has committed comes to his knowledge, he shall bring as his offering a kid of the goats, a male without blemish. 24 And he shall lay his hand on the head of the goat, and kill it at the place where they kill the burnt offering before the Lord. It is a sin offering. 27 'If anyone of the common people sins unintentionally by doing something against any of the commandments of the Lord in anything which ought not to be done, and is guilty, 28 or if his sin which he has committed comes to his knowledge, then he shall bring as his offering a kid of the goats, a female without blemish, for his sin which he has committed. 29 And he shall lay his hand on the head of the sin offering, and kill the sin offering at the place of the burnt offering.