246 – Numbers 29 – Feast of Tabernacles

As the above chart demonstrates Yahweh commanded the Israelites to observe eight different “feasts”. Last time I noted the following. According to the New King James pericopes (section headings), Numbers 29 is about three main things: Offerings at the Feast of Trumpets (verses 1-6) Offerings on the Day of Atonement (verses 7-11) Offerings at the Feast of Tabernacles (verses 12-40) Noticing the chart, the three feasts in Numbers 29 take place in the seventh Hebrew month of Tishri, sometime in September-October on our calendar. Today I’d like ...

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245 – Numbers – Offerings

Offerings are mentioned in each of the first five books of the Bible. It is interesting to note that offerings predate the law Yahweh handed down to the Israelites through His servant Moses. The first offering to Yahweh made by a human was made by Cain in Genesis 4:3. The astute reader may have noticed the phrase “made by a human” I used in the previous sentence and may well know why I used it. I submit the very first offering was made by God to God when He clothed man and woman for the first time using animal skins. The offerings were a very important and ...

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244 – Numbers 29 – Afflict?

According to the New King James pericopes (section headings), Numbers 29 is about three main things: Offerings at the Feast of Trumpets (verses 1-6) Offerings on the Day of Atonement (verses 7-11) Offerings at the Feast of Tabernacles (verses 12-40) My suspicion is we either let our minds drift, or we skim over these verses failing to notice their relevance. After all, why should I care about the ancient blood and gore practice of animal sacrifices? If the Old Testament sacrifices were about the animal I could raise no objection. But since the sacrif...

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243 – Numbers 29 – Appeasing Convocation

There is a Bible study principle that should be regularly employed in order to reach accurate conclusions about the text we are studying. That principle is referred to as correlation. Simply put it is considering related passages together. In our case, we want to take a look at Numbers 29:1-2 and its companion reference in Leviticus 23:23-25. Here they are together.   Numbers 29:1-2 (LEB) 1 “ ‘On the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you will have a holy convocation; ⌊you will not do any regular work⌋. It will be a day for you of ...

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242 – Spiritual Weapon

I would like you to consider three quotes.   First quote According to americanbible.org,  “...the number of printed English translations and paraphrases of the Bible, whether complete or not, is about 900.”   Second quote According to Lifeway Research,  “About half of Americans (53 percent) have read relatively little of the Bible. One in 10 has read none of it, while 13 percent have read a few sentences. Thirty percent say they have read several passages or stories.”   Why is it that so few people read the Bible ...

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241 – Numbers 29 – Feast of Trumpets

I’m using the Lexham English Bible (LEB), specifically because they do not translate God’s proper name as LORD. They instead transliterate the name into the English spelling Yahweh, which I personally find refreshing because it is accurate. The LEB is a fine translation that attempts to be as accurate as possible. In an attempt to demonstrate to the reader when they chose “readability” over “exactness” the translators put their decision in “L” brackets and provide a note describing the more literal translation. Look at the bracketed sentence fragment in ...

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240 – Numbers 28 – Think about the blood

As I’m sure you know, Moses wrote the first five books of the Old Testament (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy). What you may not know is that he also wrote Psalm ninety. With the exception of his Psalm, everything that Moses wrote contains information about “offerings” or “sacrifices”.  Numbers chapter 28 is about daily and sabbath offerings, and the two feasts Passover and the feast of weeks. There are Burnt, Grain, and Fellowship offerings. There are Libation offerings which are drinks poured out, and Effusion offerings which can be ...

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239 – Numbers 27 – God is in the Details

There are Thirty-six chapters in the book of Numbers. We are creeping up to the end of the book as the Israelites are nearing the end of their forty-year-long journey through the wilderness. If you read the Old Testament carefully enough you’ll notice God does not respond to the various situations Isreal finds itself in. He’s not sitting back wringing His hands every time they get into trouble while He haphazardly comes up with a plan while asking, “now what do I do with them?”  Yahweh knows the end from the beginning. He knows full well the past, present, ...

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238 – Number 26 – Second Census

I would like you to resist the temptation to skip over Numbers chapter 26. At first glance, you may be tempted to ask, “so what’s the big deal? God says to count the nation for inheritance and then there’s just a big list of family names and their numbers! Boring!” If it was important enough to God to include it, then we should read and attempt to understand it. Although I don’t think it would be prudent to go through the chapter verse by verse for comment, I do think there is plenty to glean from the narrative. Even in just summarizing the content some ...

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237 – Numbers 25 – Righteous Judgement

Just a quick Numbers 25 review up to this point. King Balak tells Balaam to curse Israel. Yahweh doesn’t allow the curse and instead causes Balaam to prophesy four times. Balaam attempts to circumvent Yahweh’s blessing and bring about Israel’s downfall by teaching King Balak and the Midianites how to trip up the nation. Offer your women as prostitutes! This encounter was so significant that Joshua, who replaced Moses, was still dealing with its effects.  Joshua 22:17-18            17       Is the iniquity of Peor not enough for us, from ...

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