devotional post # 2311
Num 15:1 Yahveh spoke to Moses, and this is what he said,
Num 15:2 “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When you come into the land you are to inhabit, which I am giving you,
Num 15:3 and you offer to Yahveh from the herd or from the flock a fire offering or an ascending offering or a sacrifice, to fulfill a solemn pledge or as a spontaneous voluntary offering or at your appointed feasts, to make a soothing aroma for Yahveh,
Num 15:4 then the one who brings his offering will offer to Yahveh a tribute offering of a tenth of an ephah of fine flour, mixed with a quarter of a hin of oil;
Num 15:5 and you will offer with the ascending offering, or for the sacrifice, a quarter of a hin of wine for the drink offering for each lamb.
Num 15:6 Or for a ram, you will offer for a tribute offering two tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with a third of a hin of oil.
Num 15:7 And for the drink offering you will offer a third of a hin of wine, a soothing aroma to Yahveh.
Num 15:8 And when you offer a bull as an ascending offering or sacrifice, to fulfill a solemn pledge or for offering for healthy relationshipss to Yahveh,
Num 15:9 then one will offer with the bull a tribute offering of three tenths of an ephah of fine flour, mixed with half a hin of oil.
Num 15:10 And you will offer for the drink offering half a hin of wine, as a fire offering, a soothing aroma to Yahveh.
Num 15:11 “Thus it will be done for each bull or ram, or for each lamb or young goat.
Num 15:12 As many as you offer, so will you do with each one, as many as there are.
This passage reminds me of some of the novels I read. Just when the action gets to fever pitch, the author starts a new chapter and spends a lot of time setting the stage for something new by going to a different aspect of the story. The author knows that readers are anxious to know who survived the attack, and what happened next. But the change of subject has its purpose.
Likewise, Moses’ change of subject here is intentional. God still has a plan to bring his people to the promised land.
LOVING FATHER, no matter what tragedies and setbacks we face, thank you for the glorious future that awaits us. Give us the perspective that comes from that future reality.