28 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Command the people of Israel and say to them, ‘My offering, my food for my food offerings, my pleasing aroma, you shall be careful to offer to me at its appointed time.’ And you shall say to them, This is the food offering that you shall offer to the LORD: two male lambs a year old without blemish, day by day, as a regular offering. The one lamb you shall offer in the morning, and the other lamb you shall offer at twilight; also a tenth of an ephah of fine flour for a grain offering, mixed with a quarter of a hin of beaten oil. It is a regular burnt offering, which was ordained at Mount Sinai for a pleasing aroma, a food offering to the LORD. Its drink offering shall be a quarter of a hin for each lamb. In the Holy Place you shall pour out a drink offering of strong drink to the LORD. The other lamb you shall offer at twilight. Like the grain offering of the morning, and like its drink offering, you shall offer it as a food offering, with a pleasing aroma to the LORD.
“On the Sabbath day, two male lambs a year old without blemish, and two tenths of an ephah of fine flour for a grain offering, mixed with oil, and its drink offering: this is the burnt offering of every Sabbath, besides the regular burnt offering and its drink offering.
“At the beginnings of your months, you shall offer a burnt offering to the LORD: two bulls from the herd, one ram, seven male lambs a year old without blemish; also three tenths of an ephah of fine flour for a grain offering, mixed with oil, for each bull, and two tenths of fine flour for a grain offering, mixed with oil, for the one ram; and a tenth of fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering for every lamb; for a burnt offering with a pleasing aroma, a food offering to the LORD. Their drink offerings shall be half a hin of wine for a bull, a third of a hin for a ram, and a quarter of a hin for a lamb. This is the burnt offering of each month throughout the months of the year. Also one male goat for a sin offering to the LORD; it shall be offered besides the regular burnt offering and its drink offering.
“On the fourteenth day of the first month is the LORD’s Passover, and on the fifteenth day of this month is a feast. Seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten. On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. You shall not do any ordinary work, but offer a food offering, a burnt offering to the LORD: two bulls from the herd, one ram, and seven male lambs a year old; see that they are without blemish; also their grain offering of fine flour mixed with oil; three tenths of an ephah shall you offer for a bull, and two tenths for a ram; a tenth shall you offer for each of the seven lambs; also one male goat for a sin offering, to make atonement for you. You shall offer these besides the burnt offering of the morning, which is for a regular burnt offering. In the same way you shall offer daily, for seven days, the food of a food offering, with a pleasing aroma to the LORD. It shall be offered besides the regular burnt offering and its drink offering. And on the seventh day you shall have a holy convocation. You shall not do any ordinary work.
Offerings for the Feast of Weeks
“On the day of the firstfruits, when you offer a grain offering of new grain to the LORD at your Feast of Weeks, you shall have a holy convocation. You shall not do any ordinary work, but offer a burnt offering, with a pleasing aroma to the LORD: two bulls from the herd, one ram, seven male lambs a year old; also their grain offering of fine flour mixed with oil, three tenths of an ephah for each bull, two tenths for one ram, a tenth for each of the seven lambs; with one male goat, to make atonement for you. Besides the regular burnt offering and its grain offering, you shall offer them and their drink offering. See that they are without blemish.
Numbers 28 Commentary
by Hank Workman
How many times do any of us hurry into our Sunday morning service without preparation? Many times any distraction that is possible seems to hijack our mood and outlook. Those with children know this to be the case as Sunday mornings sometimes can be the most upheaval houses have, or so I’m told. It takes everything just to arrive on time. The focus is usually on something else than why we gather. More on point, many times the week’s dirt of what we’ve picked up, the difficulty we have held and faced; yes, even the disappointment over some situation takes our focus away from why we’re there.
We have set aside a time to come together and worship our God. We have decided to make that time each week a point to give thanks to our Jesus, the One who through mercy and grace saved us. We gather together not because it’s routine but because we want to be with our Savior and praise Him for what He’s done. Yes, we want to use that time to let go of the things that have been distractions in our walk and draw our focus to the One who can save and change the course of history. This is why we come or at least why we should be there.
I can tell you, I fight with tooth and nail to be ready on Sunday mornings. I spend time in prayer and do everything possible to give to Jesus the concerns that have been at the forefront of my mind and release them before I even arrive. Believe me, it is a weekly thing that anything that can go wrong on Sunday mornings before our services at The Warehouse happens. Without question, we have technical issues, the band struggles at points in rehearsal, and set up takes time. All of these are distractions that if I’m not personally prepared but also praying like a madman through that pre-hour and half, I’ll be off.
You see, the enemy knows how important our worship and time together is. He will do whatever it takes, always seemingly tailor-made to throw us. Why? Because I think he has an idea far more than ourselves of what our worship does. He knows how God revels in worship and blesses His people through it by our focus coming off ourselves and onto Him. There is something so powerful about this unknown aspect on this side of heaven we don’t comprehend.
Each Sunday wherever we may be, worship is not the prelude or even the appetizer if you will for the service and sermon. It is an intricate part of our time with Jesus.
I personally pray for Warehousers beginning Friday morning and following through to Sunday concerning this. Each of these days I ask the Holy Spirit to begin preparing our hearts for what Jesus has in store for us. I ask God will intervene in situations to draw our focus onto Him. I pray for all of our hearts to be readied for what He has for us that day. I ask in the Name of Jesus on Sundays for all the distractions our people may have to be eradicated.
The Lord laid out the daily offerings for the people of Israel. He was specific about these, the monthly offerings, the Passover and Feast of Weeks. Each in their own right were incredibly important for the people to observe in order that their focus on who they worshiped and why they worshiped was present. Each of these rituals were not things that could just be hurried through. They took time and in each gave the people a chance to ready themselves to prepare for their worship.
Unless our own hearts are ready to worship our God when we step into our services, our worship is meaningless.
Numbers 28 Commentary
by Brad Boyles
God was teaching the Israelites what it meant to have a heart full of love for Him. This fact has not changed today. Following and loving God means we bring a sacrificial heart of worship. Here in Numbers 28, we read about many different aspects to the offerings.
The LORD commanded Moses 2 to instruct the Israelites to present to God at the appointed times the required food offerings that are pleasing to him.Numbers 28:1-2 GNB
Morning and evening a 1-year-old male lamb would be sacrificed along with 2 pounds of flour and 2 pints of the best olive oil. They were also commanded to pour out 2 pints of wine on the altar (which in this case would be beer as it was fermented from grains). A detail that cannot be missed is that these lambs were to be the best having no defects.
What does your daily offering look like today? We know that because of the New Covenant we have freedom in Christ. There is no specific checklist to follow of what we should offering or sacrifice. In fact, Jesus calls us to surrender our entire lives to Him in service. Therefore, with the bar raised to such a high standard, there should be some kind of sacrificial living taking place among us. Whether that’s morning and evening devotionals, quiet time with the Lord in prayer, or simply worshiping Him in song, how are you walking out your love relationship with Christ?