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Numbers 28 [Read]
Numbers 29 [Read]
Mark 9:1-29 [Read]
Numbers 28-29 records what God revealed to Moses concerning the daily sacrifices and the special sacrifices required during the festivals of feast. I skim through these chapters quickly every time, for I don’t see the significance of them. After all, we are in the age of Grace of the NT, and Our Lord Jesus Christ has sacrificed himself for us once and for all. Therefore, we are not required to follow those rituals anymore. Praise the Lord!
When I read it this time, a thought suddenly came to me: “how many sacrifices are we talking about here?”Forget about others, let us just count the total sacrifices required by the burnt offering. God told Moses to sacrifice two lambs a year old without defect, one in the morning and one in the evening (28:3-4). In addition to that, they ought to make an offering of two lambs a year old without defect on Sabbath. On the first of every month, they must add “two young bulls, one ram and seven male lambs a year old, all without defect”(28:11,15). I did a quick calculation, and it will take 918 lambs a year old without defect each year. This does not even include the sacrifices for the festivals of feast. It requires 49 for Passover (28:16-25), 7 for the feast of weeks (28:26-31), 7 for the feast of trumpets (29:1-6), 7 for the Day of Atonement (29:7-11), and 105 for the feast of Tabernacle (29:12-40). Adding it all up, it requires 1093 lambs without defect each year, not including other animal being sacrificed. These are for the burnt offerings, and they must be burned completely (Lev 1:9). Wouldn’t it be more “relevant” if they save it for the orphans and widows and the foreigners? Perhaps that is what Saul had in mind when he defeated the Amalekites, so that he could not bear to kill all those animals (1Sam 15:9).
I believe God does not look at those animals, but he looks at our heart of obedience. It is important to offer sacrifices, but “to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams”(1Sam 15:22). When Israelites kept the Law by offering those sacrifices, it showed their heart of obedience. As for the provision of the sacrifices, it’s all in God’s hand. Not only God would provide abundantly, I believe they would also have more than enough to take care of the orphans, the widows, and the foreigners. It’s not only a lesson of obedience, but also of faith. Those who follow God’s commandments shall witness the power of God.
Whenever I learn that people are still following the daily Bible reading schedule, my heart is touched and I thought about today’s passage. Wouldn’t it be more “relevant” if we save the 15-30 minutes time of daily devotion and use them to talk to our family and spread the Gospel? Well, I believe God is pleased with us coming to him every day, to be close to him, and to listen to him. When we do that, he will take care of everything else.
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