October 9th, 2019
Sustained by God’s Word of Peace and Justice
Numbers 28:1-15: Today’s reading from the book of Numbers, along with the readings for the next three days, pertain to laws concerning sacrifices and festival celebrations. In today’s reading, regulations about food offerings are described.
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: NUMBERS 28:13B
These burnt offerings are food offerings, an odor pleasing to the LORD.
THE REGULAR OFFERINGS
1The Lord commanded Moses2to instruct the Israelites to present to God at the appointed times the required food offerings that are pleasing to him.
3These are the food offerings that are to be presented to the Lord: for the daily burnt offering, two one-year-old male lambs without any defects.4Offer the first lamb in the morning, and the second in the evening,5each with a grain offering of 2 pounds of flour, mixed with 2 pints of the best olive oil.6This is the daily offering that is completely burned, which was first offered at Mount Sinai as a food offering, an odor pleasing to the Lord.7As the wine offering with the first lamb, pour out at the altar 2 pints of wine.8In the evening offer the second lamb in the same way as the morning offering, together with its wine offering. It also is a food offering, an odor pleasing to the Lord.
THE SABBATH OFFERING
9On the Sabbath day offer two one-year-old male lambs without any defects, 4 pounds of flour mixed with olive oil as a grain offering, and the wine offering.10This burnt offering is to be offered every Sabbath in addition to the daily offering with its wine offering.
THE OFFERING ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH
11Present a burnt offering to the Lord at the beginning of each month: two young bulls, one ram, seven one-year-old male lambs, all without any defects.12As a grain offering, offer flour mixed with olive oil: with each bull, 6 pounds of flour; with the ram, 4 pounds;13and with each lamb, 2 pounds. These burnt offerings are food offerings, an odor pleasing to the Lord.14The proper wine offering is 4 pints of wine with each bull, 3 pints with the ram, and 2 pints with each lamb. This is the regulation for the burnt offering for the first day of each month throughout the year.15And in addition to the daily burnt offering with its wine offering, offer one male goat as a sin offering.
Today’s reading describes offerings or sacrifices that are to be made daily, on the Sabbath, and on the first day of the month. What food offerings are described as being pleasing to God? What types of offerings are made within your community of faith?
Holy God, may all I do and say this day serve as an offering to you and be pleasing in your sight. I praise and glorify your holy name. Amen.
Numbers 28:16-31: Offerings for the festivals of Unleavened Bread and Harvest are described.