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12. Consider What’s Important

August 14, 2009

Text:      Numbers 28:1-29:40

Outline:      I. Offerings                    Numbers 28:1-15

                         II. Feasts                        Numbers 28:16-29:40

Context/Discussion/Comments:

     Why? Why are instructions concerning Offerings and Feasts repeated in Numbers when they have been previously recorded in Leviticus 1-7? Let’s review what has happened. Miriam and Aaron have died. Eleazar is now High Priest in place of Aaron. Moses is near death and Joshua has been anointed to replace him. There is a whole new generation of Israelites poised between Moab and Ammon ready to enter the Promised Land. They need to understand what is important. What’s important is worship; worship of the Lord God Almighty according to His statutes. And so we have Numbers, Chapters 28 and 29. In fact, much of the remaining chapters in Numbers is a review or summary to enhance the understanding of this new generation of Israelites.

     Chapter 28 begins with a review of the Daily or Burnt Offerings, Sabbath Offerings, and Monthly Offerings. There is a little more detail here in that Daily Offerings are done twice a day and when the Sabbath occurs, the Sabbath Offerings are doubled and are in addition to the regular Daily Offerings. The same is true for the Monthly Offering. Bulls are used instead of lambs and they are always in addition to the Daily Offerings/Burnt Offerings. There is a common and frequent phrase used in describing these offerings which is carried over into the review of the Feasts and that is these offerings are to be “a pleasing aroma to the Lord”.

     The various Feasts are described beginning with verse 26 of chapter 28. It begins with the Passover and the Feast of Weeks followed by the Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles. Note that the Daily Offerings continue plus the grain and drink offerings and sometimes a Sin Offering. The Feast of Tabernacles begins with 13 young bulls, 2 rams, and fourteen male lambs. Every day one less bull is sacrificed but the rams and the lambs remain the same. On the eighth day, only one bull, one ram, and seven lambs are sacrificed.

     The common phrase associated with the feasts is the holding of a “sacred assembly” or corporate worship.

     If I have totaled up all the animals required correctly, Israel would sacrifice 113 bulls, 32 rams, 1086 lambs, over 2000 pounds of grain, and over 1000 bottles of oil and wine. That would be the minimum.

     For further discussion refer to my comments of Leviticus 1-7 and book titled Feasts of the Lord by Marv Rosenthal and Kevin Howard. Couple your study by referring to Hebrews 10:1-18 and Romans 12:1-2.

Lessons/Applications:

      There is really only one lesson and that is the worship of the Lord God Almighty is #1.

     That is what is important to God. We are to come before Him daily and continually to worship God by serving Him with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength such that we glorify His Name before all men. Note that John’s first vision in heaven was that of worship recorded in Revelation 4 and 5. Let us come before Him in humble worship seeking His forgiveness, His love, His grace, and His encouragement in glorifying His Name. By doing so we also will send up a pleasing aroma to God. Let us not forsake our gathering together in corporate worship either.

     Why is Moses doing this? What would you be doing and/or saying if you had only 30 days left on this earth? I believe you too would gather your family together and:

                  • tell them and show them how much you love them,

                  • tell them what you have learned, what to do, what to avoid, what you believe the future holds, and how to survive the future, and

                 • tell them what’s really important.

That’s what Moses is doing in these chapters at the end of Numbers. That’s what Jesus did with His disciples during their last week together before His crucifixion. That’s what we must do too. But do it now while there is time.

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