Numbers chapter 15

Future offerings. Sin offerings. They execute a man for gathering sticks. Tassels on clothing.

 


 

Note: Many people find it morally objectionable that a religion requires the killing of innocent animals.

 


 

FUTURE OFFERINGS

 

VERSE 1. The LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

 

VERSE 2. “Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them, ‘When you have come into the land of your habitations, which I give to you,

When you have come into the land. That is, after they enter the Promised Land.

 

VERSE 3. and will make an offering by fire to the LORD—a burnt offering, or a sacrifice, to accomplish a vow, or as a free will offering, or in your set feasts, to make a pleasant aroma to the LORD, of the herd, or of the flock—

 

VERSE 4. then he who offers his offering shall offer to the LORD a meal offering of one tenth of an efah of fine flour mixed with one fourth of a hin of oil.

an efah. One efah is about 22 liters or about 2/3 of a bushel.

one fourth of a hin. A hin is about 6.5 liters or 1.7 gallons.

 

VERSE 5. You shall prepare wine for the drink offering, one fourth of a hin, with the burnt offering or for the sacrifice, for each lamb.

one fourth of a hin. A hin is about 6.5 liters or 1.7 gallons.

 

VERSE 6. “ ‘For a ram, you shall prepare for a meal offering two tenths of an efah of fine flour mixed with the third part of a hin of oil;

an efah. One efah is about 22 liters or about 2/3 of a bushel.

 

VERSE 7. and for the drink offering you shall offer the third part of a hin of wine, of a pleasant aroma to the LORD.

 

VERSE 8. When you prepare a bull for a burnt offering or for a sacrifice, to accomplish a vow, or for peace offerings to the LORD,

 

VERSE 9. then he shall offer with the bull a meal offering of three tenths of an efah of fine flour mixed with half a hin of oil;

an efah. One efah is about 22 liters or about 2/3 of a bushel.

half a hin. A hin is about 6.5 liters or 1.7 gallons.

 

VERSE 10. and you shall offer for the drink offering half a hin of wine, for an offering made by fire, of a pleasant aroma to the LORD.

 

VERSE 11. Thus it shall be done for each bull, for each ram, for each of the male lambs, or of the young goats.

 

VERSE 12. According to the number that you shall prepare, so you shall do to everyone according to their number.

 

VERSE 13. “ ‘All who are native-born shall do these things in this way, in offering an offering made by fire, of a pleasant aroma to the LORD.

All who are native-born. That is, those who are descended from the Tribes.

 

VERSE 14. If a stranger lives as a foreigner with you, or whoever may be among you throughout your generations, and will offer an offering made by fire, of a pleasant aroma to the LORD, as you do, so he shall do.

so he shall do. The Old Testament foresee Gentiles coming to faith in the One God of Israel and bringing gifts to Jerusalem. Here are the key Bible verses about this »

 

VERSE 15. For the assembly, there shall be one statute for you and for the stranger who lives as a foreigner, a statute forever throughout your generations. As you are, so the foreigner shall be before the LORD.

As you are, so shall the foreigner be. Before the LORD God, both Jewish people and Gentile are alike.

We Christians often think of ourselves as having the strongest teaching about the equality of peoples. However, this verse predates the Christian era by millennia.

Galatians 3:28. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

 

VERSE 16. One law and one ordinance shall be for you and for the stranger who lives as a foreigner with you.’ ”

 

VERSE 17. The LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

 

VERSE 18. “Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them, ‘When you come into the land where I bring you,

 

VERSE 19. then it shall be that when you eat of the bread of the land, you shall offer up a wave offering to the LORD.

 

VERSE 20. Of the first of your dough you shall offer up a cake for a wave offering. As the wave offering of the threshing floor, so you shall heave it.

 

VERSE 21. Of the first of your dough, you shall give to the LORD a wave offering throughout your generations.

 

SIN OFFERINGS

 

VERSE 22. “ ‘When you err, and don’t observe all these commandments which the LORD has spoken to Moses—

the LORD has spoken to Moses. Some people say Moses “invented” the Law. He made it up. It is fiction.

However, these verse reveals how it actually happened:

  1. The LORD revealed the Law to Moses
  2. Moses passed the Law on to the people

 

VERSE 23. even all that the LORD has commanded you by Moses, from the day that the LORD gave commandment and onward throughout your generations—

 

VERSE 24. then it shall be, if it was done unwittingly, without the knowledge of the congregation, that all the congregation shall offer one young bull for a burnt offering, for a pleasant aroma to the LORD, with its meal offering and its drink offering, according to the ordinance, and one male goat for a sin offering.

 

VERSE 25. The priest shall make atonement for all the congregation of the children of Israel, and they shall be forgiven; for it was an error, and they have brought their offering, an offering made by fire to the LORD, and their sin offering before the LORD, for their error.

 

VERSE 26. All the congregation of the children of Israel shall be forgiven, as well as the stranger who lives as a foreigner among them; for with regard to all the people, it was done unwittingly.

 

VERSE 27. “ ‘If a person sins unwittingly, then he shall offer a female goat a year old for a sin offering.

If a person sins unwittingly. The Law admits the possibility that people can unintentionally violate the Law.

In our day, it’s like accidentally running a stop sign. It can happen, even to the safest of drivers.

 

VERSE 28. The priest shall make atonement for the soul who errs when he sins unwittingly before the LORD. He shall make atonement for him; and he shall be forgiven.

 

VERSE 29. You shall have one law for him who does anything unwittingly, for him who is native-born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger who lives as a foreigner among them.

 

VERSE 30. “ ‘But the soul who does anything with a high hand, whether he is native-born or a foreigner, blasphemes the LORD. That soul shall be cut off from among his people.

does anything with a high hand. That is, does anything “intentionally.”

 

VERSE 31. Because he has despised the LORD’s word, and has broken his commandment, that soul shall be utterly cut off. His iniquity shall be on him.’ ”

 

THEY EXECUTE A MAN FOR GATHERING STICKS

 

VERSE 32. While the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the Sabbath day.

a man gathering sticks. This is a very innocent thing to do.

 

VERSE 33. Those who found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron, and to all the congregation.

 

VERSE 34. They put him in custody, because it had not been declared what should be done to him.

They put him in custody. For gathering sticks, the man was arrested and put in jail.

 

VERSE 35. The LORD said to Moses, “The man shall surely be put to death. All the congregation shall stone him with stones outside of the camp.”

 

VERSE 36. All the congregation brought him outside of the camp, and stoned him to death with stones, as the LORD commanded Moses.

stoned him to death. The man was executed … for gathering sticks.

This seems to be the beginning of a fundamentalist era. People who don’t adhere to the letter of the Law are to be executed.

The emphasis is now on adhering to the Law, rather than on human life.

Human life is now less important.

 

TASSELS ON CLOTHING

 

VERSE 37. The LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

 

VERSE 38. “Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them that they should make themselves fringes on the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put on the fringe of each border a cord of blue.

fringes. The Hebrew word is צִיצִ֛ת (“tzitziot”).

the fringe. Or “tassel.”

 

VERSE 39. It shall be to you for a fringe, that you may see it, and remember all the LORD’s commandments, and do them; and that you don’t follow your own heart and your own eyes, after which you used to play the prostitute;

a fringe. Or “tassel.”

that you may see it, and remember. The purpose of the tassel is to be a reminder. Ideally, the tassel will help them remember the commandments of the LORD God.

However, by the time of the Lord Jesus Christ, the tassel was a great sign of hypocrisy. The religious leaders had tassels, and were great hypocrites.

In our day, a similar thing has happened. Some Christian leaders wear clerical garb.

At some point in the past, clerical garb was a sign of holiness.

But in our day, clerics have turned clerical garb into a sign of the sexual abuse of children and corruption.

 

VERSE 40. so that you may remember and do all my commandments, and be holy to your God.

 

VERSE 41. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD your God.”

 


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