The new generation was reminded of the religious calendar of Israel and given enhanced details on the offerings that would accompany them. These offerings were to be expressions of their devotion to God.
The burnt offering symbolized absolute surrender.
The grain offering symbolized service to God.
The sin offering was necessary for the covering of sins.
These are all areas of our life that often need to be refreshed. These offerings were also provisions for the priests and his family, as well as times of fellowship, as they broke bread and dined together in these special celebrations.
Numbers 28:16-25 – Offerings at Passover and Unleavened Bread
Numbers 28:26-31 – Offerings at the Feast of Weeks (First-fruits)
Numbers 29:1-6 – Offerings at the Feast of Trumpets
Numbers 29:7-11 – Offerings on the Day of Atonement
Numbers 29:12-38 – Offerings on the Feast of Tabernacles
With each offering the LORD made sure to mention and emphasize the fact that the offerings had to be “without blemish” (Numbers 28:19, 31; 29:2, 8, 13, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29, 32, 36). I believe we need those reminders as well, that we are not to give God our leftovers; we are to offer Him the best we have to give – these offerings also pictured the Perfect One, the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:18-19 (NKJV) “…knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”
Whenever we read the Bible it’s good to look for words that are repeated. Did you notice the word “regular” over and over again in this section of special days?
Warren Wiersbe comments, “The special annual feasts could not take the place of the regular offerings. The way to become more spiritual is to strengthen the regular worship day after day, and then the special times of worship will do us more good. Never neglect the “regular burnt offering” (28:3). The word regular is used seventeen times in Numbers 28–29, a reminder that the daily routine is important to God and to us.”
Some might read these passages and grieve the fact that so many animals had to die, especially during the Feast of Tabernacles when multiple animals were slaughtered eight days in a row, 71 young bulls and 105 innocent lambs. I can almost hear the animal lovers up in arms, but keep in mind, again, that these were all pictures of how one day God would be slaughtered, that He Himself died for the sins of the world! (John 1:29; Revelation 5:6). I’m always fascinated by the fact that 27 times in the Book of Revelation, Jesus is referred to as the Lamb!
What a good example Moses was, as a faithful messenger of God (see also Hebrews 3:5).
Numbers 29:40 (NKJV) “So Moses told the children of Israel everything, just as the LORD commanded Moses.
Luke closes the chapter with Jesus’ genealogy and you may have noticed that it’s quite different than the genealogy we were given in the Gospel of Matthew. The solution is simple. Matthew traces Jesus’ genealogy through Joseph as the King of the Jews, going all the way back to Abraham. While Luke traces Jesus’ genealogy through Mary presenting Jesus as the perfect Man, going all the way back to Adam.
The phrase, “…as was supposed, the son of Joseph…” is elaborated on in the following article from Got Questions, “Since there was no specific Koine Greek word for “son-in-law,” Joseph was called the “son of Heli” by marriage to Mary, Heli’s daughter.” (see full article)
Both Mary and Joseph were descendants of David, giving Jesus a “double” confirmation of proper ancestry. Matthew appropriately travels through the kingly line of Solomon, while Luke traces Jesus through David’s other son, Nathan.
Wiersbe adds, “The genealogy (Luke 3:23–38) is that of Mary whose father was Heli. Joseph was not the biological father of Jesus, though that was what people assumed (John 1:45; 6:42). The genealogy of Joseph is found in Matthew 1. It was unusual to pay attention to the genealogy of a woman, which shows Dr. Luke’s concern for neglected people. Gentile history (Luke 3:1) and Jewish history (Luke 3:23–38) are in the hands of almighty God, fulfilling His purposes.”
Twice in this Psalm David shares the fact that his soul waits silently for God. This doesn’t mean he didn’t pray (that’s what this Psalm is). It simply means he didn’t complain or tell others…he waited on God alone (Psalm 62:5).
It’s important to realize that God alone is our Rock, our defense, He alone is the one who will protect us from being moved (Psalm 62:6). God alone is our salvation, our glory, our strength, and our refuge (Psalm 62:7).
May we not put our trust in man, money, or make moves of manipulation, let’s not set our heart on that (Psalm 62:10).
Instead lets pour out our heart:
Psalm 62:8 (NKJV) “Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah”
Have you ever poured out your heart to God? It’s probably something we should do – every day.
Proverbs 11:18 – The Bible clearly teaches that if we plant good seed (good words and good deeds), we will reap good fruit. But if we plant bad seed (bad words and deeds), we will reap bad fruit (Galatians 6:7-8). It takes time, but it’s inevitable, we make our decisions and then our decisions make us.
Proverbs 11:19 – May we always have a passion to pursue righteousness, to be in right relationship with the Lord, to be more, and more like Jesus. It won’t happen without that heart for God or appetite for Him. This is why Jesus woos us:
Matthew 5:6 (NKJV) “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”
If you have any questions or comments on today’s reading, or you’d like to share something the Lord showed you, feel free to leave a reply below. I’d love to hear from you as we grow forward in 2021.