Reading through the Bible: day 53

Numbers 7 – 9

For those who went to church as kids, you’ll remember the story of Daniel’s friends in the fiery furnace, and perhaps the repetition of:

“the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick”Daniel 3

Well, welcome to Numbers 7, where

“one silver charger, the weight thereof was an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them were full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering:  One spoon of ten shekels of gold, full of incense:  One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering:  One kid of the goats for a sin offering:  And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year”

is repeated twelve times. I, for the life of me, couldn’t work out why anyone would write something like this. All I could think of is that it drives the point home that God expects the same from all His people, perhaps you have a better idea. Read the chapter though, there is other stuff there too.

There’s not much more I can say about today’s texts. Chapter eight has the dedication of the Levites. Chapter nine has the second passover where exceptions to the usual laws for people who are unclean or travelling. Chapter 9 ends with the description of how the Israelites travelled.

What are your thoughts?


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One thought on “Reading through the Bible: day 53”

  1. 9 with its description of how those that were not able to keep the normal Holy Days were provided for with other secondary Holy Days is meaningful to me in regards to how important the set date is verse how important it is that we keep the Holy Days. If the particular day of the passover is vitally important why allow for those that are unclean at that time?

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