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February 23, 2007

Numbers 28-30
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Numbers
Chapter 28
  1. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
  2. Command the children of Israel, and say unto them, My offering, and my bread for my sacrifices made by fire, for a sweet savour unto me, shall ye observe to offer unto me in their due season.
  3. And thou shalt say unto them, This is the offering made by fire which ye shall offer unto the LORD; two lambs of the first year without spot day by day, for a continual burnt offering.
  4. The one lamb shalt thou offer in the morning, and the other lamb shalt thou offer at even;
  5. And a tenth part of an ephah of flour for a meat offering, mingled with the fourth part of an hin of beaten oil.
  6. It is a continual burnt offering, which was ordained in mount Sinai for a sweet savour, a sacrifice made by fire unto the LORD.
  7. And the drink offering thereof shall be the fourth part of an hin for the one lamb: in the holy place shalt thou cause the strong wine to be poured unto the LORD for a drink offering.
  8. And the other lamb shalt thou offer at even: as the meat offering of the morning, and as the drink offering thereof, thou shalt offer it, a sacrifice made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.
  9. And on the sabbath day two lambs of the first year without spot, and two tenth deals of flour for a meat offering, mingled with oil, and the drink offering thereof:
  10. This is the burnt offering of every sabbath, beside the continual burnt offering, and his drink offering.
  11. And in the beginnings of your months ye shall offer a burnt offering unto the LORD; two young bullocks, and one ram, seven lambs of the first year without spot;
  12. And three tenth deals of flour for a meat offering, mingled with oil, for one bullock; and two tenth deals of flour for a meat offering, mingled with oil, for one ram;
  13. And a several tenth deal of flour mingled with oil for a meat offering unto one lamb; for a burnt offering of a sweet savour, a sacrifice made by fire unto the LORD.
  14. And their drink offerings shall be half an hin of wine unto a bullock, and the third part of an hin unto a ram, and a fourth part of an hin unto a lamb: this is the burnt offering of every month throughout the months of the year.
  15. And one kid of the goats for a sin offering unto the LORD shall be offered, beside the continual burnt offering, and his drink offering.
  16. And in the fourteenth day of the first month is the passover of the LORD.
  17. And in the fifteenth day of this month is the feast: seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten.
  18. In the first day shall be an holy convocation; ye shall do no manner of servile work therein:
  19. But ye shall offer a sacrifice made by fire for a burnt offering unto the LORD; two young bullocks, and one ram, and seven lambs of the first year: they shall be unto you without blemish:
  20. And their meat offering shall be of flour mingled with oil: three tenth deals shall ye offer for a bullock, and two tenth deals for a ram;
  21. A several tenth deal shalt thou offer for every lamb, throughout the seven lambs:
  22. And one goat for a sin offering, to make an atonement for you.
  23. Ye shall offer these beside the burnt offering in the morning, which is for a continual burnt offering.
  24. After this manner ye shall offer daily, throughout the seven days, the meat of the sacrifice made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD: it shall be offered beside the continual burnt offering, and his drink offering.
  25. And on the seventh day ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work.
  26. Also in the day of the firstfruits, when ye bring a new meat offering unto the LORD, after your weeks be out, ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work:
  27. But ye shall offer the burnt offering for a sweet savour unto the LORD; two young bullocks, one ram, seven lambs of the first year;
  28. And their meat offering of flour mingled with oil, three tenth deals unto one bullock, two tenth deals unto one ram,
  29. A several tenth deal unto one lamb, throughout the seven lambs;
  30. And one kid of the goats, to make an atonement for you.
  31. Ye shall offer them beside the continual burnt offering, and his meat offering, (they shall be unto you without blemish) and their drink offerings.


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Numbers
Chapter 29
  1. And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing the trumpets unto you.
  2. And ye shall offer a burnt offering for a sweet savour unto the LORD; one young bullock, one ram, and seven lambs of the first year without blemish:
  3. And their meat offering shall be of flour mingled with oil, three tenth deals for a bullock, and two tenth deals for a ram,
  4. And one tenth deal for one lamb, throughout the seven lambs:
  5. And one kid of the goats for a sin offering, to make an atonement for you:
  6. Beside the burnt offering of the month, and his meat offering, and the daily burnt offering, and his meat offering, and their drink offerings, according unto their manner, for a sweet savour, a sacrifice made by fire unto the LORD.
  7. And ye shall have on the tenth day of this seventh month an holy convocation; and ye shall afflict your souls: ye shall not do any work therein:
  8. But ye shall offer a burnt offering unto the LORD for a sweet savour; one young bullock, one ram, and seven lambs of the first year; they shall be unto you without blemish:
  9. And their meat offering shall be of flour mingled with oil, three tenth deals to a bullock, and two tenth deals to one ram,
  10. A several tenth deal for one lamb, throughout the seven lambs:
  11. One kid of the goats for a sin offering; beside the sin offering of atonement, and the continual burnt offering, and the meat offering of it, and their drink offerings.
  12. And on the fifteenth day of the seventh month ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work, and ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days:
  13. And ye shall offer a burnt offering, a sacrifice made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD; thirteen young bullocks, two rams, and fourteen lambs of the first year; they shall be without blemish:
  14. And their meat offering shall be of flour mingled with oil, three tenth deals unto every bullock of the thirteen bullocks, two tenth deals to each ram of the two rams,
  15. And a several tenth deal to each lamb of the fourteen lambs:
  16. And one kid of the goats for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, his meat offering, and his drink offering.
  17. And on the second day ye shall offer twelve young bullocks, two rams, fourteen lambs of the first year without spot:
  18. And their meat offering and their drink offerings for the bullocks, for the rams, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, after the manner:
  19. And one kid of the goats for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, and the meat offering thereof, and their drink offerings.
  20. And on the third day eleven bullocks, two rams, fourteen lambs of the first year without blemish;
  21. And their meat offering and their drink offerings for the bullocks, for the rams, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, after the manner:
  22. And one goat for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, and his meat offering, and his drink offering.
  23. And on the fourth day ten bullocks, two rams, and fourteen lambs of the first year without blemish:
  24. Their meat offering and their drink offerings for the bullocks, for the rams, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, after the manner:
  25. And one kid of the goats for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, his meat offering, and his drink offering.
  26. And on the fifth day nine bullocks, two rams, and fourteen lambs of the first year without spot:
  27. And their meat offering and their drink offerings for the bullocks, for the rams, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, after the manner:
  28. And one goat for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, and his meat offering, and his drink offering.
  29. And on the sixth day eight bullocks, two rams, and fourteen lambs of the first year without blemish:
  30. And their meat offering and their drink offerings for the bullocks, for the rams, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, after the manner:
  31. And one goat for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, his meat offering, and his drink offering.
  32. And on the seventh day seven bullocks, two rams, and fourteen lambs of the first year without blemish:
  33. And their meat offering and their drink offerings for the bullocks, for the rams, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, after the manner:
  34. And one goat for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, his meat offering, and his drink offering.
  35. On the eighth day ye shall have a solemn assembly: ye shall do no servile work therein:
  36. But ye shall offer a burnt offering, a sacrifice made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD: one bullock, one ram, seven lambs of the first year without blemish:
  37. Their meat offering and their drink offerings for the bullock, for the ram, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, after the manner:
  38. And one goat for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, and his meat offering, and his drink offering.
  39. These things ye shall do unto the LORD in your set feasts, beside your vows, and your freewill offerings, for your burnt offerings, and for your meat offerings, and for your drink offerings, and for your peace offerings.
  40. And Moses told the children of Israel according to all that the LORD commanded Moses. .


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Numbers
Chapter 30
  1. And Moses spake unto the heads of the tribes concerning the children of Israel, saying, This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded.
  2. If a man vow a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.
  3. If a woman also vow a vow unto the LORD, and bind herself by a bond, being in her father's house in her youth;
  4. And her father hear her vow, and her bond wherewith she hath bound her soul, and her father shall hold his peace at her: then all her vows shall stand, and every bond wherewith she hath bound her soul shall stand.
  5. But if her father disallow her in the day that he heareth; not any of her vows, or of her bonds wherewith she hath bound her soul, shall stand: and the LORD shall forgive her, because her father disallowed her.
  6. And if she had at all an husband, when she vowed, or uttered ought out of her lips, wherewith she bound her soul;
  7. And her husband heard it, and held his peace at her in the day that he heard it: then her vows shall stand, and her bonds wherewith she bound her soul shall stand.
  8. But if her husband disallowed her on the day that he heard it; then he shall make her vow which she vowed, and that which she uttered with her lips, wherewith she bound her soul, of none effect: and the LORD shall forgive her.
  9. But every vow of a widow, and of her that is divorced, wherewith they have bound their souls, shall stand against her.
  10. And if she vowed in her husband's house, or bound her soul by a bond with an oath;
  11. And her husband heard it, and held his peace at her, and disallowed her not: then all her vows shall stand, and every bond wherewith she bound her soul shall stand.
  12. But if her husband hath utterly made them void on the day he heard them; then whatsoever proceeded out of her lips concerning her vows, or concerning the bond of her soul, shall not stand: her husband hath made them void; and the LORD shall forgive her.
  13. Every vow, and every binding oath to afflict the soul, her husband may establish it, or her husband may make it void.
  14. But if her husband altogether hold his peace at her from day to day; then he establisheth all her vows, or all her bonds, which are upon her: he confirmeth them, because he held his peace at her in the day that he heard them.
  15. But if he shall any ways make them void after that he hath heard them; then he shall bear her iniquity.
  16. These are the statutes, which the LORD commanded Moses, between a man and his wife, between the father and his daughter, being yet in her youth in her father's house.


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 The expression "continual burnt offering" occurs twenty times in the Scriptures. Sixteen of those instances occur in today's reading. The only occurrence prior to these is found in Exodus 29:38-42. There God commands,

"Now this is that which thou shalt offer upon the altar; two lambs of the first year day by day continually. The one lamb thou shalt offer in the morning; and the other lamb thou shalt offer at even: And with the one lamb a tenth deal of flour mingled with the fourth part of an hin of beaten oil; and the fourth part of an hin of wine for a drink offering. And the other lamb thou shalt offer at even, and shalt do thereto according to the meat offering of the morning, and according to the drink offering thereof, for a sweet savour, an offering made by fire unto the LORD. This shall be a continual burnt offering throughout your generations at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD: where I will meet you, to speak there unto thee."
Every day the Israelites were to offer two lambs, one in the morning and one at night, in sacrifice to the Lord. There was not to be any break in this sacrifice, but it was to be performed throughout the generations of Israel. The purpose of this was undoubtedly to remind the Jews of their daily sinfulness, and to show the need to restore their relationship with the Lord on a daily basis.

 Several thoughts occur to me here. First, I am so thankful that Jesus Christ is my sacrifice, and that I do not need to go through these rituals. Second, I am thankful that we have the security of knowing that Christ's sacrifice was completely sufficient, and that no other sacrifice could ever be needed. Hebrews 10:1-2, in showing the superiority of Christ, reminds us that

"For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins."
The offerings of lambs on a daily basis proved their insufficiency, for had they been sufficient, they would not have needed to be re-offered. Christ's sacrifice is sufficient, which is proven by the fact that it is never repeated in any form.

 Going along with this is the greatness of my sin, coupled with the greatness of Christ's atonement. Can you imagine how much blood was shed over the years at the Tabernacle, and in later years at the Temple? Day after day huge numbers of animals were offered, and yet that was still not enough to pay for man's sin. Over the hundreds of years between Moses and Christ there had not been enough blood shed to begin to solve man's sin problem. But Christ, the eternal Son of God, satisfied all the demands forever at Calvary. My sin is great - Christ's sacrifice is even greater.

 One last thought that I have is the importance of maintaining a daily relationship with God. Twice each day these sacrifices had to be offered, so at least twice a day Israel came before God in an attitude of contrition, acknowledged its sinfulness, and received restoration. Christ's death on the cross was certainly all that was needed for salvation, but I need to remember that I still sin, and that I continually need to have my fellowship with the Lord restored. Rather than wait until the prescribed times of offering, I have the privilege of coming to the Lord at any time to make things right. This is an opportunity that I should, and must, take constant advantage of.

Pastor Dr. Mark J Montgomery

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