God still matters
devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2349
Num 28:1 Yahveh spoke to Moses, and this is what he said,
Num 28:2 “Command the people of Israel and say to them, ‘My offering, my food for my fire offerings, my soothing aroma, you will be careful to offer to me at its appointed time.’
Num 28:3 And you will say to them, This is the fire offering that you will offer to Yahveh: two perfect male lambs a year old, day by day, as a regular offering.
Num 28:4 The one lamb you will offer in the morning, and the other lamb you will offer at twilight;
Num 28:5 also a tenth of an ephah of fine flour for a tribute offering, mixed with a quarter of a hin of beaten oil.
Num 28:6 It is a regular ascending offering, which was ordained at Mount Sinai for a soothing aroma, a fire offering to Yahveh.
Num 28:7 Its drink offering will be a quarter of a hin for each lamb. In the Holy Place you will pour out a drink offering of strong drink to Yahveh.
Num 28:8 The other lamb you will offer at twilight. Like the tribute offering of the morning, and like its drink offering, you will offer it as a fire offering, with a soothing aroma to Yahveh.
Num 28:9 “On the Sabbath day, two perfect male lambs a year old, and two tenths of an ephah of fine flour for a tribute offering, mixed with oil, and its drink offering:
Num 28:10 this is the ascending offering of every Sabbath, besides the regular ascending offering and its drink offering.
Num 28:11 “At the beginnings of your months, you will offer an ascending offering to Yahveh: two bulls from the herd, one ram, seven male lambs a year old — all perfect;
Num 28:12 also three tenths of an ephah of fine flour for a tribute offering, mixed with oil, for each bull, and two tenths of fine flour for a tribute offering, mixed with oil, for the one ram;
Num 28:13 and a tenth of fine flour mixed with oil as a tribute offering for every lamb; for an ascending offering with a soothing aroma, a fire offering to Yahveh.
Num 28:14 Their drink offerings will be half a hin of wine for a bull, a third of a hin for a ram, and a quarter of a hin for a lamb. This is the ascending offering of each month throughout the months of the year.
Num 28:15 Also one male goat for a mistake offering to Yahveh; it will be offered besides the regular ascending offering and its drink offering.
God still matters
The people of Israel were getting ready for a new adventure, and all the old things seemed to be dying and being replaced. But God wanted Moses to remind them that he still matters above all else. The offerings were never a means of salvation. They were to be offered regularly just because God matters.
The same is true of our worship today. Christians gather to worship God and encourage one another because God still matters. This is true no matter what is happening in our lives. If we lose our job, our health, our friends and family — even in our depression and suffering, God still matters.
LORD, give us the vision to understand who you are, even when everything else around is falling apart.