Today's readings in Numbers, chapters 26-29 (Sunday's readings, which we do on Fridays), chapters 28 and 29 stood out, in their entirety.
The chapters lay out a series of offerings to be performed at various appointed times. There are daily offerings, Sabbath offerings, monthly offerings, Passover offerings, and so on. The Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, the Feast of Booths. The prescriptions for offering here and elsewhere in everything we have read in the opening books of the Old Testament are complex, precise, and ordained. If they are not done, there are consequences.
The benefit of reading the Bible regularly and from different places is that one begins to see the big picture, and what is read in one section corresponds to another, even explains it. You begin to see the connections. It is harder to see the big picture and appreciate or understand if we are reading infrequently, or only small portions. Reading more helps in appreciating the role of offerings and sacrifice in today's readings, because in this 5 day reading plan we just finished Hebrews, so we can bring what we read there to mind.
The words in Hebrews at 9: 26 are great: "[Jesus] has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself."
'Once for all.' No more repeated offerings, no more adherence to law, no repeated spilling of blood. At v. 1 of this chapter we read "Now even the first covenant had regulations for worship an an earthly place of holiness." At vv. 11-12, we read the beautiful words "But when Christ appeared....he entered once for all into the most holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption."
Again, 'Once for all.' No more repeated offerings.
Read Numbers and marvel at the precise prescriptions of the old covenant, but read Hebrews and wonder at the perfect sacrifice once offered for all: Jesus Christ.
Derek Butler - I am a Christian, husband, father, son, brother, friend, reader, et al, all inadequately. This blog is a tool to encourage daily bible reading, for myself and others.
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