Preparation Through Worship – Numbers 27-29

Posted: June 13, 2008 in Numbers

Numbers 27 (NKJV)
1 Then came the daughters of Zelophehad the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, from the families of Manasseh the son of Joseph; and these were the names of his daughters: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. 2 And they stood before Moses, before Eleazar the priest, and before the leaders and all the congregation, by the doorway of the tabernacle of meeting, saying: 3 “Our father died in the wilderness; but he was not in the company of those who gathered together against the Lord, in company with Korah, but he died in his own sin; and he had no sons. 4 Why should the name of our father be removed from among his family because he had no son? Give us a possession among our father’s brothers.”

A. Understandable difficulty. The law made provision for sons, but what about daughters with no brothers? This is a matter of financial provision…the daughter’s inheritance was generally their dowry – but without a father, brothers, or husbands, there is no dowry to receive.

B. BTW – note the women’s faith! They haven’t entered the Promised Land yet & already they are concerned about the inheritance their family has not yet received. They simply take the Lord at His word that they had something to inherit…

5 So Moses brought their case before the Lord.

A. Amen! Exactly what he should have done. Moses didn’t assume anything – he didn’t ignore anything – simply took it to the Lord in prayer.

6 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 7 “The daughters of Zelophehad speak what is right; you shall surely give them a possession of inheritance among their father’s brothers, and cause the inheritance of their father to pass to them.

A. Who says the Bible is misogynistic? God provides for the widow & orphan – and He provides for these daughters who have no earthly recourse…

B. God is just! There are many who want to pin ‘evil’ onto the Lord saying, “If God were truly good, He wouldn’t allow evil to exist.” News flash: Evil is OUR fault (Adam’s, technically)… [] But God is good (all the time) – even in the midst of an evil world…and He is truly just & righteousness. Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He. []

8 And you shall speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘If a man dies and has no son, then you shall cause his inheritance to pass to his daughter. 9 If he has no daughter, then you shall give his inheritance to his brothers. 10 If he has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to his father’s brothers. 11 And if his father has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to the relative closest to him in his family, and he shall possess it.’ ” And it shall be to the children of Israel a statute of judgment, just as the Lord commanded Moses.

A. Sets up a precedent for future situations… Comes up again in Ch 36 when Manasseh is worried about losing their overall tribal lands if these daughters marry into other tribes. God solves this by requiring women in this situation to marry within their own tribe.

a. Isn’t it interesting how we panic over issues that are nothing for God to handle & solve? How much stress would we save ourselves if we’d only take things to the Lord in prayer? J

12 Now the Lord said to Moses: “Go up into this Mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given to the children of Israel. 13 And when you have seen it, you also shall be gathered to your people, as Aaron your brother was gathered. 14 For in the Wilderness of Zin, during the strife of the congregation, you rebelled against My command to hallow Me at the waters before their eyes.” (These are the waters of Meribah, at Kadesh in the Wilderness of Zin.)

A. Question: is this God’s judgment or God’s grace? Both! God had to judge Moses for his rebellion… But God didn’t have to show Moses the land…

B. Could Moses have taken Israel into the Promised Land? No. Moses is a type of the Law & the Law never saves; it just shows us our need for salvation & deliverance. Only Joshua (Jesus – Yeshua) can bring us victory over sin & death. John 1:17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. []

15 Then Moses spoke to the Lord, saying: 16 “Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, 17 who may go out before them and go in before them, who may lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the Lord may not be like sheep which have no shepherd.”

A. Moses prays for a successor…I love this! Moses is not bitter or spiteful at the fact he’s not allowed to bring Israel into the land; his heart is simply for the people to be cared for.

a. Anyone called to ministry should hold the ministry “lightly” – ultimately the people don’t belong to you; they belong to the Lord…

B. God is “God of the spirits of all flesh”…despite whether or not “all flesh” believe in God; He is still God! And because He is God, He knows what dwells in the heart of every man – He alone is able to determine the best leader for Israel’s needs. Moses doesn’t presume to dictate to God who that should be – he simply leaves the choice up to the Lord…

C. We need a shepherd – and have the best one in Christ Jesus! (John 10:11,14)

18 And the Lord said to Moses: “Take Joshua the son of Nun with you, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him; 19 set him before Eleazar the priest and before all the congregation, and inaugurate him in their sight. 20 And you shall give some of your authority to him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient. 21 He shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire before the Lord for him by the judgment of the Urim. At his word they shall go out, and at his word they shall come in, he and all the children of Israel with him—all the congregation.”

How to transition leaders Biblically? We can mess this up if we’re not careful!

A. Look for someone filled with the Spirit: This is what the early church did in looking for the 1st deacons (Acts 6:3). [] Absolutely necessary! Without the leading & empowerment of the Spirit of God, anything else that the leader would do would be worthless. (Not by power, nor by might, but by My Spirit – Zech 4:6)

B. Publicly ordain him: In this age of internet ordination, this becomes especially necessary. People need to see that elders within the church have affirmed the call of God upon someone’s life before entrusting their spiritual instruction to them…

a. Keep in mind what ordination is: the church’s recognition of God’s previous call. The church doesn’t call anyone to ministry; God does. But the church does affirm that call through the prayers of Spirit-filled leadership.

C. Empower them for ministry: Moses didn’t just give Joshua lip-service in front of the people; God had him empower Joshua for the work by granting him “authority.” Whatever ministry God may have put you in, you need to be free to fail as well as succeed…

D. Put him to work: Joshua was now going to be the one to stand before Eleazar & inquire of the Lord…thus the true transition taking place.

22 So Moses did as the Lord commanded him. He took Joshua and set him before Eleazar the priest and before all the congregation. 23 And he laid his hands on him and inaugurated him, just as the Lord commanded by the hand of Moses.

A. Moses did it.

Numbers 28 (NKJV)
1 Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “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.’

A. Introducing regulations on offerings… ‘Why go through these now? Didn’t God teach on the offerings in Leviticus?’ Yes – but since the nation was about to occupy the land, this is a necessary reminder. They will live in the land, but the land won’t belong to them…it belongs to God! Thus they need to be reminded of how to worship God their provider & sustainer…

B. Note they needed to “be careful” to offer them at the right time…this is definitely worship, but God cares about the details of our worship. We’re not to “go through the motions” – nor are we to worship in disorderly chaos. We’re to worship Him in spirit & truth! (John 4:23)

3 “And you shall say to them, ‘This is the offering made by fire which you shall offer to the Lord: two male lambs in their first year without blemish, day by day, as a regular burnt offering. 4 The one lamb you shall offer in the morning, the other lamb you shall offer in the evening, 5 and one-tenth of an ephah of fine flour as a grain offering mixed with one-fourth of a hin of pressed oil. 6 It is a regular burnt offering which was ordained at Mount Sinai for a sweet aroma, an offering made by fire to the Lord. 7 And its drink offering shall be one-fourth of a hin for each lamb; in a holy place you shall pour out the drink to the Lord as an offering. 8 The other lamb you shall offer in the evening; as the morning grain offering and its drink offering, you shall offer it as an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to the Lord.

A. Burnt offering was offering of consecration… Drink offering was offering of dedication…

B. How regular is regular? Daily.

i. Do we give ourselves daily to the Lord? Heaven forbid we make “worship” into merely 20 minutes every Sunday & Wednesday! Psalm 55:17 Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, And He shall hear my voice. [] This isn’t a legalistic “have-to”; this is a liberating “get-to!” We GET to worship the Lord any time of day all day…we GET the privilege of boldly coming before the throne of grace. What possible reason would we have for NOT doing this at every opportunity?

C. Offerings done right were “sweet aromas”. Sometimes we forget the fact that God enjoys worship. It’s pleasing to Him. When we worship our God & King, we get the opportunity to please our Creator, Master, & Savior…it brings glory to His name. (And if we don’t do it, the rocks will!)

9 ‘And on the Sabbath day two lambs in their first year, without blemish, and two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour as a grain offering, mixed with oil, with its drink offering— 10 this is the burnt offering for every Sabbath, besides the regular burnt offering with its drink offering.

A. Every Sabbath had additional offerings beside the daily ones…showed that the day was special & set apart for the Lord’s purposes.

B. Today? Our Sabbath rest is found in Christ…but we still have a day that we set apart specifically for worshipping the Lord. What makes it special is not the day of the week, but the fact that Jesus is the sacrifice that’s been made!

11 ‘At the beginnings of your months you shall present a burnt offering to the Lord: two young bulls, one ram, and seven lambs in their first year, without blemish; 12 three-tenths of an ephah of fine flour as a grain offering, mixed with oil, for each bull; two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour as a grain offering, mixed with oil, for the one ram; 13 and one-tenth of an ephah of fine flour, mixed with oil, as a grain offering for each lamb, as a burnt offering of sweet aroma, an offering made by fire to the Lord. 14 Their drink offering shall be half a hin of wine for a bull, one-third of a hin for a ram, and one-fourth of a hin for a lamb; this is the burnt offering for each month throughout the months of the year. 15 Also one kid of the goats as a sin offering to the Lord shall be offered, besides the regular burnt offering and its drink offering.

A. Month beginnings had extra offerings…would have been in addition to the daily offerings. (Levites stayed pretty busy!)

B. Also had a sin offering – monthly reminder to the nation of their sin…

16 ‘On the fourteenth day of the first month is the Passover of the Lord. 17 And on the fifteenth day of this month is the feast; unleavened bread shall be eaten for seven days. 18 On the first day you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work. 19 And you shall present an offering made by fire as a burnt offering to the Lord: two young bulls, one ram, and seven lambs in their first year. Be sure they are without blemish. 20 Their grain offering shall be of fine flour mixed with oil: three-tenths of an ephah you shall offer for a bull, and two-tenths for a ram; 21 you shall offer one-tenth of an ephah for each of the seven lambs; 22 also one goat as a sin offering, to make atonement for you. 23 You shall offer these besides the burnt offering of the morning, which is for a regular burnt offering. 24 In this manner you shall offer the food of the offering made by fire daily for seven days, as a sweet aroma to the Lord; it shall be offered besides the regular burnt offering and its drink offering. 25 And on the seventh day you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work.

A. Offerings for Passover… (Crucifixion)

26 ‘Also on the day of the firstfruits, when you bring a new grain offering to the Lord at your Feast of Weeks, you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work. 27 You shall present a burnt offering as a sweet aroma to the Lord: two young bulls, one ram, and seven lambs in their first year, 28 with their grain offering of fine flour mixed with oil: three-tenths of an ephah for each bull, two-tenths for the one ram,
29 and one-tenth for each of the seven lambs; 30 also one kid of the goats, to make atonement for you. 31 Be sure they are without blemish. You shall present them with their drink offerings, besides the regular burnt offering with its grain offering.

A. Offerings for 1st fruits & Pentecost… (Resurrection & Holy Spirit)

Numbers 29 (NKJV)
1 ‘And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work. For you it is a day of blowing the trumpets. 2 You shall offer a burnt offering as a sweet aroma to the Lord: one young bull, one ram, and seven lambs in their first year, without blemish. 3 Their grain offering shall be fine flour mixed with oil: three-tenths of an ephah for the bull, two-tenths for the ram, 4 and one-tenth for each of the seven lambs; 5 also one kid of the goats as a sin offering, to make atonement for you; 6 besides the burnt offering with its grain offering for the New Moon, the regular burnt offering with its grain offering, and their drink offerings, according to their ordinance, as a sweet aroma, an offering made by fire to the Lord.

A. Offerings for Feast of Trumpets – Rosh Hoshanna… (Rapture)

7 ‘On the tenth day of this seventh month you shall have a holy convocation. You shall afflict your souls; you shall not do any work. 8 You shall present a burnt offering to the Lord as a sweet aroma: one young bull, one ram, and seven lambs in their first year. Be sure they are without blemish. 9 Their grain offering shall be of fine flour mixed with oil: three-tenths of an ephah for the bull, two-tenths for the one ram, 10 and one-tenth for each of the seven lambs; 11 also one kid of the goats as a sin offering, besides the sin offering for atonement, the regular burnt offering with its grain offering, and their drink offerings.

A. Offerings for Day of Atonement – Yom Kippur… (Tribulation)

12 ‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work, and you shall keep a feast to the Lord seven days. 13 You shall present a burnt offering, an offering made by fire as a sweet aroma to the Lord: thirteen young bulls, two rams, and fourteen lambs in their first year. They shall be without blemish. 14 Their grain offering shall be of fine flour mixed with oil: three-tenths of an ephah for each of the thirteen bulls, two-tenths for each of the two rams, 15 and one-tenth for each of the fourteen lambs; 16 also one kid of the goats as a sin offering, besides the regular burnt offering, its grain offering, and its drink offering.

A. Offerings for Feast of Tabernacles… (Millennium)

B. 7 days. Note the change in offerings by the day. Vs. 17-32 show a decrease in one bull each day; everything else stays the same…

a. That’s a LOT of offerings! Some estimate the total giving in Ch 28-29 at 1 ton of flour, 1K gallons of wine & oil, 13K oxen, 60K sheep given annually (Courson). (Guzik) “Significantly, none of it was enough! Not one of these hundreds of thousands of sacrifices over the centuries could every take away a person’s sin; that had to wait until a perfect sacrifice was offered – the sacrifice of Jesus.”

35 ‘On the eighth day you shall have a sacred assembly. You shall do no customary work. 36 You shall present a burnt offering, an offering made by fire as a sweet aroma to the Lord: one bull, one ram, seven lambs in their first year without blemish, 37 and their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bull, for the ram, and for the lambs, by their number, according to the ordinance; 38 also one goat as a sin offering, besides the regular burnt offering, its grain offering, and its drink offering.

A. Still the Feast of Tabernacles; just a new day (8th day); new week – new offering. One bull, one ram, 7 lambs this time. Possibly significant as a new beginning (traditional interpretation of “8”). Prophetically, at the end of the Millennial Age starts the rest of eternity w/ the new heaven, new earth, & new Jerusalem…

39 ‘These you shall present to the Lord at your appointed feasts (besides your vowed offerings and your freewill offerings) as your burnt offerings and your grain offerings, as your drink offerings and your peace offerings.’ ” 40 So Moses told the children of Israel everything, just as the Lord commanded Moses.

A. How were all the sacrifices & offerings in the last 2 chapters given? In addition to all the other freewill offerings & vows that the people bring individually to God. Seems to speak of:

a. The priority God places on worship in time & expense. Aside from Scripture & prayer, there is no better way to interact with the Lord God than through worship. It ONLY happens through the expense of His Son’s; but in the eyes of God, it’s completely worth it.

b. The importance of BOTH individual AND corporate worship… [] We tend to place all the value on individual worship – and although this is crucial for our relationship with Christ, we are no longer simply individuals. In Christ, we’ve been placed into a body – and that body needs to worship together. Thus we don’t forsake the assembling together of ourselves (Heb 10:25).

Conclusion:

If that’s the value God puts on worship, what’s the value we put on it? Over & over again, the Bible exhorts us to sing – shout – praise the Lord – worship Him. With everything that we have, we worship Him. With everything we are, we worship Him. WHY? Because He’s WORTHY to be praised!

Psalm 150:1-2 (1) Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! (2) Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! [] His acts ARE mighty & His person IS excellent! He loved us when we were unlovable – He adopted us when we abhorred Him – He gave us life when we were dead & happy to remain that way.

Christian, if there’s anything that holds you back from worshipping the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength – confront it & deal with it…take it to the Cross & crucify it with Christ. Because God is WORTHY to be praised!

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