Read 59.) Numbers 27:1-11 and 28:1 thru 30:16. Numbers 27:1-11, and from the next reading, 36:1-13, relates to inheritance rights as it involves females. It would mean nothing to us today, but note that daughters were to receive an inheritance right after their brothers, which was an incredible elevation of their status, again illustrating progressive grace, whereby God takes a people from where He finds them, and elevates them incrementally. Feminists put the Bible down as sexist, and supporting patriarchy. They’ve got it backwards, as usual, and do not get it… nor, do they want to, typically; as before this, females had no such inheritance rights whatsoever!
Chapters 28 and 29 look into the actual sacrifices and offerings to be made by Israel unto the Lord under ancient Judaism. It begins with the daily offerings of the morning and evening sacrifices in 28:1-8. Every Saturday, their Sabbath, was to have two of these morning and evening offerings. Then, there would be the New Moon offerings, as per verses 11 thru 15. Then, beginning with 28:16, thru chapter 29, we have the manner of the offerings to be made for 5 of the 7 Holy Days and Festivals of Israel. We learned of these on Day 51, reading Leviticus 23. Passover was in the spring, our March/April time frame. The Feast of Weeks kicked off with Firstfruits, and fell 50 days later in our May/June period, now called Pentecost. From chapter 29, this continues. For The Feast of Trumpets, also the Jewish New Year, and typically in September, we have offerings specified. Then, beginning at verse 7, we read of the highest Holy Day, Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement, 10 days into the new year on their civic calendar. Then, to conclude these sacrifices, we read of all those to be offered during The Feast of Tabernacles in October. As we read of all these many offerings, note too, that these were over and above, being added to any other offerings required on these days, beginning with the daily morning and evening sacrifices, Sabbath offerings, and/or New Moon sacrifices. Whatever was to be offered on that particular day was to be sacrificed, along with any others pertaining to these holy days and festivals! These animals from out of their herds and flocks were their measurable wealth. To be a good practicing Jew in Israel in ancient times, was a very costly thing, and we are to recognize and appreciate that! Why? Because we have been delivered from every bit of it, and completely set free! This means we ought to reflect on these things, and with a heart filled with gratitude unto the Lord, give thanks and willingly give Him our all. For He has paid all of the final cost for every sacrifice, once and for all, by means of the sacrifice of His own Son on our behalf! Consider the price of what was being paid here, that you no longer need meet; and all that God paid for you 2,000 years ago, that you might be free to give your all unto Him from out of your own heart of gratitude and love! It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell