Daily Devotional Sunday 4th October

by William Moody

Numbers 28:1–15

Daily Offerings

28:1 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 ephah1 of fine flour for a grain offering, mixed with a quarter of a hin2 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.

Sabbath Offerings

“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: 10 this is the burnt offering of every Sabbath, besides the regular burnt offering and its drink offering.

Monthly Offerings

11 “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; 12 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; 13 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. 14 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. 15 Also one male goat for a sin offering to the LORD; it shall be offered besides the regular burnt offering and its drink offering.

Footnotes

[1] 28:5 An ephah was about 3/5 bushel or 22 liters
[2] 28:5 A hin was about 4 quarts or 3.5 liters

(ESV)

As the children of Israel prepare to enter the Promised Land, the priority is that their worship would be right. Here, there is direction for daily (v1-8), weekly (v9-10), monthly (v11-15) and annual worship (v16- 29 v40).

The worship of God has to be at the heart of all that His people do. It is one thing saying that, but God’s people need routine if it is going to be a reality.

Daily, there were to be offerings, both morning and evening (v3-6). Each Sabbath, there were to be extra offerings both morning and evening (v9-10). At the beginning of each month there were to be many extra offerings as well (v11-15). As we consider this we need to consider have we a daily, weekly and monthly plan for our worship so that our lives are devoted to God?

Daily do you have a time to meet with God? The morning and evening sacrifices, emphasise how worship of God should saturate our lives. How is your keeping of the Sabbath? Is it just one hour on a Sunday morning or is your day saturated with God?

Finally, we see here that worship of God, has to always come through sacrifices for sin. After the crucifixion of Jesus, we can only approach God by looking back in faith, to His once for all sacrifice for sin. That is what it means to pray or worship in Jesus’ name.

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