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Numbers 28-29

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A Summary of Israel’s Annual Sacrifices and Offerings

Numbers 28-29

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Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The Old Testament sacrifices showed the necessity of shed blood for salvation.
  2. The Old Testament sacrifices showed the necessity of shed blood for fellowship.

Practical Application

  1. Do you have a time of worship every day?

Questions

  1. Why was a summary of Israel’s sacrifices given here?
  2. List the required daily offerings of the children of Israel.
  3. How did these required offerings throughout the year relate to the individual offerings of the Israelites?
  4. Why were so many sacrifices required?
  5. Did these animal sacrifices take away sin?
  6. What was the key to successful and happy living in the Land of Promise?

Answers

  1. Because the second generation of Israelites was about to enter the Promised Land. The basis for their covenant relationship with the Lord and continued fellowship with Him was not to be forgotten.
  2. One male lamb in the morning and evening, a drink offering and grain offering mixed with oil in the morning.
  3. These required offerings were in addition to the individual offerings of the people.
  4. These sacrifices not only showed the seriousness of sin, but also that the penalty of sin is death.
  5. No, they pointed forward to the great sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ that would take away sin. The animal sacrifices temporarily covered the sin, until Jesus Christ permanently paid for the sin on the cross.
  6. Continued fellowship with God through offering sacrifices

Discuss/Consider

  1. Discuss the necessity of shed blood for salvation. Discuss the spiritual picture made by the blood sacrifices in the Old Testament. Read Hebrews 10:1-4, 11-12.
  2. The Old Testament sacrifices showed the necessity of shed blood for fellowship. Because of the sacrifice of Christ, we can have not only salvation, but also fellowship with God, because the sin barrier has been removed. Discuss this concept of fellowship with God through the Lord Jesus Christ.

Challenge

  1. Every day in Israel there was time set aside to thank and praise the Lord. Commit to a time of worship every day this week. Be creative – your time may be in the shower or on your drive to work. Set a regular time to worship God every day.

Key Verses

  • “Command the children of Israel, and say to them, ‘My offering, My food for My offerings made by fire as a sweet aroma to Me, you shall be careful to offer to Me at their appointed time’” Numbers 28:2
  • "It shall be offered besides the regular burnt offering and its drink offering.” Numbers 28:24

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