Numbers 28

Numbers 28 has God giving direction on the offerings that were to be required.  Not only is it very detailed on what was to be offered, but also “you shall be careful to offer to me at its appointed time”.  Timing seems to be as important as the actually offering itself.  There is a combination of bulls, rams, lambs, oil, grain and the like, all with exact measurements and for specific purposes.  God is very detailed and structured in how He expects His people to worship Him through offerings.

The days are also important.  There is Passover and its feast.  There is the day of firstfruits, the Feast of Weeks, the beginning of months and on it goes.  I’m not sure how they managed to keep it all straight without the technology we have available to us today.  There is regular burnt offerings, and special ones.  And in some of these sacrificial times, there is a call for a “holy convocation”.  What a complicated system to try and keep up with and do the offerings the way God commanded.

There are also times when they are told “You shall not do any ordinary work”.  Lots of rules and commands required for the people to get right with God.  It is so much easier now that Jesus shed His blood on Calvary and has paid the price for our sin once and for all rather than us needing to continue to do the sacrificial method of the folks during this time.  The concept is the same – it is the shedding of blood that provides for the forgiveness of sin, but Jesus did that once and for all.  He has freed us from this system.

That is, we are freed from the penalty of sin IF we receive Him as Savior and Lord.  Just because He spilled His blood on the cross does not set us free from the penalty of sin unless we take that gift of grace and make it our own.  We have to take action.  We have to be willing to humbly accept His gift and through confession, repentance, and conversion become saved by His grace.  That is the Good News of the Gospel.  That is the way these laws and commandments have been replaced.  Praise be to Jesus for His love and sacrifice that has set us free!

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