Summary of passages: Numbers 28: God tells Moses to review the offerings with the people: the burnt offerings, the Sabbath offerings, the monthly offerings, the Passover offerings, and the Feast of Weeks offerings.
Numbers 29: God reviews more laws and regulations with the people, this time the offerings for the Feast of Trumpets, The Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles.
Numbers 30: Moses discusses vows made to God and when one vows to the Lord, one must stick by it unless it is made by a daughter and her father or husband forbids it then it is not binding. Any vow made by a widow or a divorced woman stays. If a husband says nothing, then the vow stays for the wife but the husband bears the guilt if she doesn’t stick to her vow and he didn’t nullify it.
7a) It’s always important to review so you don’t forget–it’s what happens in school all the time. Review before a test. Here, God wants to make sure the new generation knows the offerings to the detail before they entered the Promised Land. They needed to know the central place atonement has in their lives and without atonement they could not be with God.
b) God expects His people to remember His laws and regulations and to follow them and abide by them exactly. In doing so, this shows the people’s reverence for God. Same for us. When we worship, it is about Him and honoring Him. God expects the same from all of His people no matter the point in time at which we live.
8 ) Making a vow before the Lord should be taken seriously. It is interesting that the man has final say. This shows protection of the woman just like God protects us. I wish more women would accept protection of their man instead of fighting it. Most men yearn to do nothing more than protect their wife, a role God has given them.
Conclusions: Relatively easy lesson as it is all stuff we have covered before. I like how God includes this as it’s an important lesson for us all how we must be reminded of things because we easily forget. The Israelites are about to take the steps that they have been preparing for their entire lives; God wants to make sure they know what’s important (worshipping Him) before they get caught up in the hubbub of moving!
I liked the vows chapter. Like I said, I wish more women would be receptive to men as their protector as God is our protector. Someone has to be the final decision maker. Two people can’t both have the final say.
End Notes: Numbers 28: God commands an animal be sacrificed for our sins every morning and night to remind the Israelites of who’s important in their lives. Every Sabbath an additional lamb was sacrificed in the morning and at night. The importance of atonement for our sins is here and omnipresent as it should be in our own lives.
Numbers 29: The Feast of Tabernacles was a celebration of God’s rich provision for the Israelites. It celebrated God’s faithfulness to His people during the Exodus.
Note the lamb is the most common sacrifice–anyone see Jesus here? The sacrifices listed here and in Numbers 28 was immense (over 1000 animals) and these are just the sacrifices the priests made for the people. This does not include the individual sacrifices the people offered. Can you imagine the expense? And yet it was never enough! Only Jesus was/is enough!
I can just picture the priests as this being their primary job–to offer sacrifices for the people and make atonement. Little time left would have been for the preaching of God’s Word.
Numbers 30: God takes our vows seriously so we need to be careful what we swear by. God himself made vows (Luke 1:73, Acts 2:30, Hebrews 3:18, 6:13, 17) as did Jesus (Matthew 26:63-64).
The man was accountable for the woman’s fulfillment of her vow. Authority always comes with accountability.