Numbers 29

Numbers 29 continues God’s direction around special events and offerings.  This chapter focuses on the “first day of the seventh month you shall have a holy convocation. You shall not do any ordinary work. It is a day for you to blow the trumpets”.  Sort of a new wrinkle as God tells them not only how to celebrate and refrain from work, but also to celebrate and make some noise by the trumpet sounds.  All the specifics for the different offerings are listed here.

The seventh month celebration continues with “the fifteenth day of the seventh month you shall have a holy convocation. You shall not do any ordinary work, and you shall keep a feast to the Lord seven days”.  This is a week long celebration and God has a different offering requirement each day.  It starts out with 13 bulls on the first day, and decreases by one each day until day 7 when the number is seven.  Never say that God isn’t into the details.  He shows over and over in Scripture that He is not too busy or disinterested in the small things.

On the eighth day you shall have a solemn assembly. You shall not do any ordinary work”.  They still do their offerings, but it drops back to a single bull and the other things, particularly the vow and freewill offerings.  All this to get right with God and remove the price of sin from the relationship.  Are you right with God?  Have you done what is required to remove the barriers that sin creates when sin is not confessed and repented from?  That’s where Jesus comes in for us.

Moses continues to be God’s perfect messenger.  “Moses told the people of Israel everything just as the Lord had commanded”.  No extra commentary of interpretation.  Moses hears God’s commandments and delivers them as they come to him.  He is simply a faithful messenger that doesn’t try to spin things or make them more palatable.  He simply gets God’s message and delivers it in tact to the people.  That is an example of how we all need to live – hearing God – and then obeying what He tells us.

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