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The heart of our offering

The heart of our offering

Continuing our theme of law and order through numbers. All tribes participate in the offerings at the tabernacle.

Numbers 7:Offerings at the Tabernacle's Consecration

1 On the day when Moses had finished setting up the tabernacle and had anointed and consecrated it with all its furnishings and had anointed and consecrated the altar with all its utensils,

2 the chiefs of Israel, heads of their fathers' houses, who were the chiefs of the tribes, who were over those who were listed, approached

3 and brought their offerings before the LORD, six wagons and twelve oxen, a wagon for every two of the chiefs, and for each one an ox. They brought them before the tabernacle.

4 Then the LORD said to Moses,

5 "Accept these from them, that they may be used in the service of the tent of meeting, and give them to the Levites, to each man according to his service."

6 So Moses took the wagons and the oxen and gave them to the Levites.

7 Two wagons and four oxen he gave to the sons of Gershon, according to their service.

8 And four wagons and eight oxen he gave to the sons of Merari, according to their service, under the direction of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest.

9 But to the sons of Kohath he gave none, because they were charged with the service of the holy things that had to be carried on the shoulder.

10 And the chiefs offered offerings for the dedication of the altar on the day it was anointed; and the chiefs offered their offering before the altar.

11 And the LORD said to Moses, "They shall offer their offerings, one chief each day, for the dedication of the altar."

12 He who offered his offering the first day was Nahshon the son of Amminadab, of the tribe of Judah.

13 And his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering;

14 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense;

15 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering;

16 one male goat for a sin offering;

17 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Nahshon the son of Amminadab.

18 On the second day Nethanel the son of Zuar, the chief of Issachar, made an offering.

19 He offered for his offering one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering;

20 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense;

21 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering;

22 one male goat for a sin offering;

23 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Nethanel the son of Zuar.

24 On the third day Eliab the son of Helon, the chief of the people of Zebulun:

25 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering;

26 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense;

27 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering;

28 one male goat for a sin offering;

29 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Eliab the son of Helon.

30 On the fourth day Elizur the son of Shedeur, the chief of the people of Reuben:

31 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering;

32 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense;

33 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering;

34 one male goat for a sin offering;

35 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Elizur the son of Shedeur.

36 On the fifth day Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai, the chief of the people of Simeon:

37 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering;

38 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense;

39 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering;

40 one male goat for a sin offering;

41 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai.

42 On the sixth day Eliasaph the son of Deuel, the chief of the people of Gad:

43 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering;

44 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense;

45 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering;

46 one male goat for a sin offering;

47 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Eliasaph the son of Deuel.

48 On the seventh day Elishama the son of Ammihud, the chief of the people of Ephraim:

49 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering;

50 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense;

51 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering;

52 one male goat for a sin offering;

53 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Elishama the son of Ammihud.

54 On the eighth day Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur, the chief of the people of Manasseh:

55 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering;

56 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense;

57 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering;

58 one male goat for a sin offering;

59 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur.

60 On the ninth day Abidan the son of Gideoni, the chief of the people of Benjamin:

61 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering;

62 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense;

63 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering;

64 one male goat for a sin offering;

65 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Abidan the son of Gideoni.

66 On the tenth day Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai, the chief of the people of Dan:

67 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering;

68 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense;

69 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering;

70 one male goat for a sin offering;

71 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai.

72 On the eleventh day Pagiel the son of Ochran, the chief of the people of Asher:

73 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering;

74 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense;

75 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering;

76 one male goat for a sin offering;

77 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Pagiel the son of Ochran.

78 On the twelfth day Ahira the son of Enan, the chief of the people of Naphtali:

79 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering;

80 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense;

81 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering;

82 one male goat for a sin offering;

83 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Ahira the son of Enan.

84 This was the dedication offering for the altar on the day when it was anointed, from the chiefs of Israel: twelve silver plates, twelve silver basins, twelve golden dishes,

85 each silver plate weighing 130 shekels and each basin 70, all the silver of the vessels 2,400 shekels according to the shekel of the sanctuary,

86 the twelve golden dishes, full of incense, weighing 10 shekels apiece according to the shekel of the sanctuary, all the gold of the dishes being 120 shekels;

87 all the cattle for the burnt offering twelve bulls, twelve rams, twelve male lambs a year old, with their grain offering; and twelve male goats for a sin offering;

88 and all the cattle for the sacrifice of peace offerings twenty-four bulls, the rams sixty, the male goats sixty, the male lambs a year old sixty. This was the dedication offering for the altar after it was anointed.

89 And when Moses went into the tent of meeting to speak with the LORD, he heard the voice speaking to him from above the mercy seat that was on the ark of the testimony, from between the two cherubim; and it spoke to him.

Things to think about…

1.Numbers 7 is repetitive in nature because it covers the requirements for the consecration of the vessels that were dedicated to the Tabernacle for each of the twelve tribes of Israel. One chief of every tribe brought their offering for the tribe of Israel they represented. This happened over twelve consecutive days. This ensured that all tribes would be represented before the Mercy Seat who were on the ark of the testimony, Num 7: 89. Christ is the Mercy seat who represents us before the Lord. Christ has offered His life for our representation before God's throne. He intercedes even now at the right hand of the Father, Rom 8:34. Praise God!

2.What do the three offerings represent that the twelve tribes each had to bring at the dedication of the altar – the burnt offering, the sin offering, the peace offerings? The burnt offering was to cover unintentional sin, devotion and complete surrender to the Lord, the sin offering was mandatory and involved confession and forgiveness of sin to cover a cleansing from all defilement. The peace offering celebrated restoration peace with God and other tribes, fellowship and communion under God. Christ unites us in all of these things through his atoning work for our sin on the cross.

3.There were three offerings and three objects given by each of the tribes for their representation at the Tabernacle. The objects were a plate, a basin and a dish. We of course are living sacrifices and are called to offer our gifts, works and praise to our Saviour to bring Him glory.

4.Modern day Israel miss in all their devotion and adherence to the festivals that point to their true messiah, Yeshua. Being enslaved to Old Testament Law with their desire to build a third temple to adhere to slavish obedience to the law blinds them to the grace of Christ and the forgiveness of sin that comes freely through Him. Praise God the words of the Apostle Paul are true Rom 6:14 " For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace." Amen.

Vision Point

CBC's Vision :- To be a growing biblical church community, significantly influencing our city and beyond, through intentional outreach, fulfilling our mission.

Prayer Points

1.Corona virus and how churches in Australia and around the world will appropriately deal with this pandemic.

2.New people as they settle into the life of the church.

3.Live streaming our services from the 29th March.

4.Podcast logo completed. Podcast is entitled "Face and Faith". Coming shortly

5.Sunday's message on Num 5:1-10 "Cleaning up our act" - Doug Horne.

6.Sick, elderly as they recover. Graheme Monteith at home with leg infection – Cellulitis. Pray for the elderly win our church who are susceptible to lung infections.

7.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop and podcast area.

8.Church finances to meet our expenses.

9.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.

Praise Points.

1.Swift response to the virus in Australia

2.Praise the Lord for more new people to CBC.

3.New Website and Podcast logo completed – Praise God for Melody and Suzie making this happen.

4.Recharge blessed again – thankyou leaders. New youth (who have never been to church).

5.Unity, peace and Christ's love over our church.

Announcements

1.Hawkins - Hosting, on Sunday morning. No café or morning tea this Sunday.

2.Bean Redeemed café will be closed until further notice.

3.Kids@Church on this week.Leaders for next Sunday Older group Leader:- Luke Scheepers. Lesson :- Easter Science 23. 2Cor 5:17. Younger Group Leader:- Danae Scheepers, Assistant:- Hannah Freeman. Lesson:-Hand Print Banner, Page25.

4.No Recharge youth until further notice.

5.No Axiom evening services until further notice.

6.Saturday Men's activity – 28th March helping at Darrel and Jean's place. House tidy working bee. 8:00am start.

7.Combined Church youth event – Postponed until further notice.

March catechism question...

Q. 10. What is the third petition?
A. "Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven."

Bible Reference – Matt.6:10; Luke 11:2.



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