Numbers chapter 7 ended with the voice of God speaking from above the mercy seat to Moses. It was the first time Moses heard the voice of Yahweh coming from above the Ark of the Covenant. Starting into chapter 8 might seem anti-climatic in comparison if we are not careful with the text.
8:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:
2 “Speak to Aaron, and say to him, ‘When you arrange the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the lampstand.’ ”
I want to spend some time looking at Numbers 7:10-11, but first some context. It would, of course, be beneficial to read all of chapter seven for context, but it would be unwieldy to reproduce it here. We should at very least consider the first verse. Verse one, I believe, is critical to understanding what’s going on in verses ten and eleven.
1 Now it came to pass, when Moses had finished setting up the tabernacle, that he anointed it and consecrated it and all its furnishings, and the altar and all its utensils; so he anointed them and consecrated ...
In Numbers, chapter seven Moses finishes setting up the tabernacle according to YHWH’s design. Next, the leaders of Israel brought an offering and in Numbers 7:4 God speaks telling Moses to accept the offering for the work of the tabernacle of meeting. So what was this offering and why was it significant?
And they brought their offering before the Lord, six covered carts and twelve oxen, a cart for every two of the leaders, and for each one an ox; and they presented them before the tabernacle.
Carts and oxen were a very practical ...
At the risk of sounding obvious to those of you who regularly encounter God’s divine book, let me say that the Holy Bible is an incredibly interesting and powerful literary collection. One might argue it gives details about two major religions of the world, Judaism and Christianity. Not only so but this ancient book chronicles historic details of various cultures. Additionally, it accurately describes geographical locations so precisely that modern-day archeologists are sometimes amazed to discover locations mentioned within its flawless pages. Written by over forty ...
2 Then the leaders of Israel, the heads of their fathers’ houses, who were the leaders of the tribes and over those who were numbered, made an offering.
Sometimes I feel like I talk about “it” too much. But then I realize it’s important. Don’t important things tend to be discussed much more often than other things? I’m almost hesitant to name “it” for fear those of you who know me will turn away saying, “ok, here we go again!” But I’ll take the risk - it’s just that important.
The “it” I’m ...
Whatever else the book of Numbers may be it is certainly a narrative demonstrating a sequence of events in the fledgling nation of Israel. Numbers 7:1 is one more evidence of the narrative nature of Numbers.
7:1 Now it came to pass, when Moses had finished setting up the tabernacle, that he anointed it and consecrated it and all its furnishings, and the altar and all its utensils; so he anointed them and consecrated them.
When encountering Biblical narrative one may be tempted to adopt the perspective that since it ...
I have a confession to make. For many years I have maintained a perspective on God and His relationship to mankind that was not just wrong, it was unscriptural. Now I’m wondering if “unscriptural” is a strong enough word? No, it definitely is not. This wrong perspective I’m referring to is actually the exact opposite of the picture scripture paints about the relationship between God and mankind, which means it is a lie. I have wrongly believed that God was this perfect and yet perfectly rigid authoritarian establishing a long list of do’s and don’ts and ...
I have three children and I was truly honored to be present for the birth of all three of them. Would you believe me if I were to tell you as an eyewitness all three of them were born babies? No, no it’s true! Not one of them was born a mature being in full command of their faculties. All three of them had to learn to talk and learn to control their bodies so they could walk (and run). They all went through a process of learning to control their arms so they could reach the things they wanted. Additionally, all three of our children were guided by my wife and myself ...
Last time I introduced the Nazirite vow as recorded in Numbers chapter six. We considered what the vow was and the components of the vow. We discovered the person taking the vow must start by a consecrating sacrifice to YHWH. The individual under the vow could not shave his head, drink any type of alcohol nor drink or eat anything from the grapevine. Additionally, the Nazirite must abstain from touching a dead body. The person under the vow could not even bury family members. All these things must be strictly observed for the duration of the vow. Verse eight summarizes ...
Before we peek into Numbers chapter six it might be nice to understand something about the previous five chapters. The sequence of events recorded in chapters one through five is not a random set of events that just happened to play out in a particular order. Everything that has happened from the start of chapter one, up to and including the start of chapter six were indeed orchestrated by the covenant God YHWH. How can we be sure? God does nothing “just because”. Everything He does is for a purpose and is an integral part of His plan. At the beginning of every ...