Numbers 29

Numbers 29

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Offerings for the Feast of Trumpets

29 “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, and you shall offer a burnt offering, for a pleasing aroma to the LORD: one bull from the herd, one ram, seven male lambs a year old without blemish; also their grain offering of fine flour mixed with oil, three tenths of an ephah for the bull, two tenths for the ram, and one tenth for each of the seven lambs; with one male goat for a sin offering, to make atonement for you; besides the burnt offering of the new moon, and its grain offering, and the regular burnt offering and its grain offering, and their drink offering, according to the rule for them, for a pleasing aroma, a food offering to the LORD.

Offerings for the Day of Atonement

“On the tenth day of this seventh month you shall have a holy convocation and afflict yourselves. You shall do no work, but you shall offer a burnt offering to the LORD, a pleasing aroma: one bull from the herd, one ram, seven male lambs a year old: see that they are without blemish. And their grain offering shall be of fine flour mixed with oil, three tenths of an ephah for the bull, two tenths for the one ram, a tenth for each of the seven lambs: also one male goat for a sin offering, besides the sin offering of atonement, and the regular burnt offering and its grain offering, and their drink offerings.

Offerings for the Feast of Booths

“On 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. And you shall offer a burnt offering, a food offering, with a pleasing aroma to the LORD, thirteen bulls from the herd, two rams, fourteen male lambs a year old; they shall be without blemish; and their grain offering of fine flour mixed with oil, three tenths of an ephah for each of the thirteen bulls, two tenths for each of the two rams, and a tenth for each of the fourteen lambs; also one male goat for a sin offering, besides the regular burnt offering, its grain offering and its drink offering.

“On the second day twelve bulls from the herd, two rams, fourteen male lambs a year old without blemish, with the grain offering and the drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs, in the prescribed quantities; also one male goat for a sin offering, besides the regular burnt offering and its grain offering, and their drink offerings.

“On the third day eleven bulls, two rams, fourteen male lambs a year old without blemish, with the grain offering and the drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs, in the prescribed quantities; also one male goat for a sin offering, besides the regular burnt offering and its grain offering and its drink offering.

“On the fourth day ten bulls, two rams, fourteen male lambs a year old without blemish, with the grain offering and the drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs, in the prescribed quantities; also one male goat for a sin offering, besides the regular burnt offering, its grain offering and its drink offering.

“On the fifth day nine bulls, two rams, fourteen male lambs a year old without blemish, with the grain offering and the drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs, in the prescribed quantities; also one male goat for a sin offering; besides the regular burnt offering and its grain offering and its drink offering.

“On the sixth day eight bulls, two rams, fourteen male lambs a year old without blemish, with the grain offering and the drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs, in the prescribed quantities; also one male goat for a sin offering; besides the regular burnt offering, its grain offering, and its drink offerings.

“On the seventh day seven bulls, two rams, fourteen male lambs a year old without blemish, with the grain offering and the drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs, in the prescribed quantities; also one male goat for a sin offering; besides the regular burnt offering, its grain offering, and its drink offering.

“On the eighth day you shall have a solemn assembly. You shall not do any ordinary work, but you shall offer a burnt offering, a food offering, with a pleasing aroma to the LORD: one bull, one ram, seven male lambs a year old without blemish, and the grain offering and the drink offerings for the bull, for the ram, and for the lambs, in the prescribed quantities; also one male goat for a sin offering; besides the regular burnt offering and its grain offering and its drink offering.

“These you shall offer to the LORD at your appointed feasts, in addition to your vow offerings and your freewill offerings, for your burnt offerings, and for your grain offerings, and for your drink offerings, and for your peace offerings.”

So Moses told the people of Israel everything just as the LORD had commanded Moses.

(ESV)


Numbers 29 Commentary

by Hank Workman

The many holidays and feasts God gave to Israel were not for their enjoyment.  For instance, one commentator wrote of how The Day of Atonement was not enjoyable.  This day was set up for all of Israel to consider and think of their own sin and put it away, sacrifice before the Lord, as a nation.  Through the 3 feasts, God set before the people a time of reflection and gave an opportunity for them to renew themselves before Him.  As these were national days, there was no work, which also would bring refreshment to the body. But the sole purpose was about the soul – each person of Israel was to renovate their commitment.

The Feast of Trumpets is one that really can speak to us today.  Although we don’t participate in such a day it sets the standard for the principles we should follow as we come to worship.  Within these 6 verses, we see the people would gather together as a nation and spend time in worship; celebrating all God had done for them.  This reflection time would redirect their thoughts and minds toward the ways of God and how He had provided in the past and would continue to do so in the future. 

As with the principles laid out by God, the people would cease from their normal daily activities and routines, forgoing work in order to take time to gather.  They also were required to bring a sacrifice before Him, giving a burnt offering.  They were giving back to Him for all He had done.

As we consider our routine for Sunday, there is something to grasp hold of.  We are not doing what we do out of routine.  This sacred time we have set aside for our God has purpose.  We are to come together in expectation and praise before our Savior for all He has done.  Our worship is important.  It should be with total focus on Him.  We should set aside this time not because we have to but because it honors Him.  And with this act, we should bring our own sacrifices before Him; something of value as we give back in adoration. 

Obviously, it would be easy to speak on giving of our offerings but just as important is the giving of ourselves.  For our presentation of us to Him is that of a Holy sacrifice that brings joy to our God.

“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Romans 12:1-2

Numbers 29 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

The feasts we read here are the fall feasts. Many people believe that these speak toward prophecies yet to be fulfilled by Jesus.

Feast of the Trumpets – This is the first of the fall feasts. Some today believe it represents the Rapture of the Church when Jesus will come and take His bride from this Earth. The passages that are traditionally assigned to the Rapture (1 Thess 4:13-18 & 1 Cor 15:52) are typically associated with the blowing of a loud trumpet.

Day of Atonement – Scholars believe this day points to the Second Coming. The Day of Atonement will most likely be a time when the Jewish remnant will have their eyes opened to Jesus and eventually receive Him as their Messiah. This prophecy is found in Zech 12:10 and Romans 11.

Feast of the Booths – This feast is associated with the Lord’s promise to once again “tabernacle” with His people as He returns forever to reign over the world.

Through the study of these feasts, Christians today can gain an appreciation of the promises of Christ. Ultimately, God established these feasts to put His Name at the forefront of the people’s minds and hearts. This should be our motive today as well.

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