72 rams

marmsky Feb (7)

devotional post # 2285

Numbers 7:48-59

Num 7:48 On the seventh day Elishama the son of Ammihud, the leader of the people of Ephraim:
Num 7:49 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a tribute offering;
Num 7:50 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense;
Num 7:51 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for an ascending offering;
Num 7:52 one male goat for a mistake offering;
Num 7:53 and for the sacrifice of offering for healthy relationshipss, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Elishama the son of Ammihud.
Num 7:54 On the eighth day Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur, the leader of the people of Manasseh:
Num 7:55 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a tribute offering;
Num 7:56 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense;
Num 7:57 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for an ascending offering;
Num 7:58 one male goat for a mistake offering;
Num 7:59 and for the sacrifice of offering for healthy relationshipss, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur.

72 rams

The special dedication service for the altar was an opportunity for all the tribes to participate in the offerings during its grand opening. A total of 72 rams were slaughtered — 12 for the ascending offerings and 60 for the fellowship offerings. In the New Testament, 72 is the number associated with evangelism and missions. The rams were a testimony of the price God paid for us — the substitute he provided in Christ.

LORD, inspire us with a zeal to testify of the gift you gave us in your Son.

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36 bulls

marmsky Feb (6)

devotional post # 2284

Numbers 7:36-47

Num 7:36 On the fifth day Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai, the leader of the people of Simeon:
Num 7:37 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a tribute offering;
Num 7:38 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense;
Num 7:39 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for an ascending offering;
Num 7:40 one male goat for a mistake offering;
Num 7:41 and for the sacrifice of offering for healthy relationshipss, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai.
Num 7:42 On the sixth day Eliasaph the son of Deuel, the leader of the people of Gad:
Num 7:43 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a tribute offering;
Num 7:44 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense;
Num 7:45 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for an ascending offering;
Num 7:46 one male goat for a mistake offering;
Num 7:47 and for the sacrifice of offering for healthy relationships, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Eliasaph the son of Deuel.

36 bulls

During this special dedication service for the altar of the tabernacle, a total of 36 bulls were given to be sacrificed. Twelve were given as ascending offerings — one for each tribe. These represented the appeal to God. Twenty-four bulls were given as fellowship offerings. These represented God’s acceptance of the appeal, and the communion with him that resulted.

LORD, thank you for inviting us into your heavenly presence, and fellowshipping with us.

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golden gifts

marmsky Feb (5)

devotional post # 2283

Numbers 7:24-35

Num 7:24 On the third day Eliab the son of Helon, the leader of the people of Zebulun:
Num 7:25 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a tribute offering;
Num 7:26 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense;
Num 7:27 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for an ascending offering;
Num 7:28 one male goat for a mistake offering;
Num 7:29 and for the sacrifice of offering for healthy relationships, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Eliab the son of Helon.
Num 7:30 On the fourth day Elizur the son of Shedeur, the leader of the people of Reuben:
Num 7:31 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a tribute offering;
Num 7:32 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense;
Num 7:33 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for an ascending offering;
Num 7:34 one male goat for a mistake offering;
Num 7:35 and for the sacrifice of offering for healthy relationships, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Elizur the son of Shedeur.

golden gifts

The gifts of golden bowls were the most expensive, weighing 120 shekels (4 pounds) of pure gold. They were for holding the incense — a symbol of the prayers offered to God. One might surmise that the incense bowls were the most costly because prayer to God is a serious matter, not to be taken lightly. Indeed, the fact that we can come to God and enter his presence in prayer is a serious privilege.

LORD, we thank you for the privilege of entering your presence — to seek you and worship you, and share our lives with you.

 

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silver gifts

marmsky Feb (4)

devotional post # 2282

Numbers 7:10-23

Num 7:10 And the leaders offered offerings for the dedication of the altar on the day it was anointed; and the leaders offered their offering in the sight of the altar.
Num 7:11 And Yahveh said to Moses, “They will offer their offerings, one leader each day, for the dedication of the altar.”
Num 7:12 He who offered his offering the first day was Nahshon the son of Amminadab, of the tribe of Judah.
Num 7:13 And his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a tribute offering;
Num 7:14 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense;
Num 7:15 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for an ascending offering;
Num 7:16 one male goat for a mistake offering;
Num 7:17 and for the sacrifice of offering for healthy relationshipss, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Nahshon the son of Amminadab.
Num 7:18 On the second day Nethanel the son of Zuar, the leader of Issachar, made an offering.
Num 7:19 He offered for his offering one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a tribute offering;
Num 7:20 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense;
Num 7:21 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for an ascending offering;
Num 7:22 one male goat for a mistake offering;
Num 7:23 and for the sacrifice of offering for healthy relationships, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Nethanel the son of Zuar.

silver gifts

The silver gifts totalled twelve silver dishes and twelve silver basins and weighed 2,400 shekels (about 60 pounds). They were given in honor of the dedication of the altar in the tabernacle, and would be used to hold tribute offerings. the fine roasted grain, oil and incense were a tribute to the God who supplied the Israelites with all they needed.

LORD, we come to you this day with gratitude for all that you are, and all that you do to supply us with all that we need.

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considerate and practical

marmsky Feb (3)

devotional post # 2281

Numbers 7:1-9

Num 7:1 On the day when Moses had finished setting up the tabernacle and had anointed and consecrated it with all its furnishings and had anointed and consecrated the altar with all its utensils,
Num 7:2 the leaders of Israel, heads of their fathers’ houses, who were the leaders of the tribes, who were over those who were listed, approached
Num 7:3 and brought their offerings in the sight of Yahveh, six wagons and twelve oxen, a wagon for every two of the leaders, and for each one an ox. They brought them in the sight of the tabernacle.
Num 7:4 Then Yahveh said to Moses,
Num 7:5 “Accept these from them, that they may be used in the service of the conference tent, and give them to the Levites, to each man according to his service.”
Num 7:6 So Moses took the wagons and the oxen and gave them to the Levites.
Num 7:7 Two wagons and four oxen he gave to the sons of Gershon, according to their service.
Num 7:8 And four wagons and eight oxen he gave to the sons of Merari, according to their service, under the direction of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest.
Num 7:9 But to the sons of Kohath he gave none, because they were charged with the service of the holy things that had to be carried on the shoulder.

considerate and practical

When the leaders of the twelve tribes gave gifts to Yahveh to celebrate the annointing and consecration of the tabernacle, they each gave 1/2 a cart, and a whole ox. The cart and oxen were the perfect gifts because they were practical and considerate. They would be used each time the tabernacle was taken down, packed up, and transported elsewhere. Those gifts would be much appreciated by the priests and Levites.

LORD, teach us to be considerate and practical as we give to your work.

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blessings from Yahveh

marmsky Feb (2)

devotional post # 2280

Numbers 6:22-27

Num 6:22 Yahveh spoke to Moses, and this is what he said,
Num 6:23 “Speak to Aaron and his sons, and this is what you should say. This is how you will bless the people of Israel: you will say to them,
Num 6:24 Yahveh bless you and keep you;
Num 6:25 Yahveh make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
Num 6:26 Yahveh lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
Num 6:27 “This is how they will they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.”

blessings from Yahveh

Aaron and his sons — the priests — were instructed to pray those words as a blessing from Yahveh upon the Israelites.

They asked Yahveh to give protection to the people — from outside enemies and from evil within.
They asked Yahveh to manifest his presence among the people, shining a joyful face of grace, and lifting up a face of favor.
They asked Yahveh to bring wholeness, health and peace to the people.

LORD, bless us with your protection, your presence, and your peace.

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evidence of consecration

marmsky Feb (1)

devotional post # 2279

Numbers 6: 13-21

Num 6:13 “And this is the law for the Nazirite, when the time of his separation has been completed: he will be brought to the entrance of the conference tent,
Num 6:14 and he will bring his gift to Yahveh, one perfect male lamb a year old for an ascending offering, and one ewe lamb a year old perfect as a mistake offering, and one ram perfect as a offering for healthy relationships,
Num 6:15 and a basket of unleavened bread, loaves of fine flour mixed with oil, and unleavened wafers smeared with oil, and their tribute offering and their drink offerings.
Num 6:16 And the priest will bring them before Yahveh and offer his mistake offering and his ascending offering,
Num 6:17 and he will offer the ram as a sacrifice of offering for healthy relationships to Yahveh, with the basket of unleavened bread. The priest will offer also its tribute offering and its drink offering.
Num 6:18 And the Nazirite will shave his consecrated head at the entrance of the conference tent and will take the hair from his consecrated head and put it on the fire that is under the sacrifice of the offering for healthy relationships.
Num 6:19 And the priest will take the shoulder of the ram, when it is boiled, and one unleavened loaf out of the basket and one unleavened wafer, and will put them on the hands of the Nazirite, after he has shaved the hair of his consecration,
Num 6:20 and the priest will wave them for a wave offering before Yahveh. They are a holy portion for the priest, together with the breast that is waved and the thigh that is contributed. And after that the Nazirite may drink wine.
Num 6:21 “This is the law of the Nazirite. But if he vows an offering to Yahveh above his Nazirite vow, as he can afford, in exact accordance with the vow that he takes, then he will do in addition to the law of the Nazirite.”

evidence of consecration

After the Nazarite’s period of consecration has been completed, he or she is to present a series of offerings at the tabernacle. These show that the period of consecration itself was not in itself an atonement for sin. The sacrifices served as evidence for the consecration. And — there was the bald head that the Nazarite would display for a while. It would be very visible evidence that this person has served time as a dedicated Nazirite.

LORD, show us how to wear our consecration to you and your kingdom in visible, lasting ways.

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consecrated time

marmsky January 2018 (31)

devotional post # 2278

Numbers 6:1-12

Num 6:1 And Yahveh spoke to Moses, and this is what he said,
Num 6:2 “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When either a man or a woman makes a special solemn pledge, the solemn pledge of a Nazirite, to separate himself to Yahveh,
Num 6:3 he will separate himself from wine and strong drink. He will drink no vinegar made from wine or strong drink and will not drink any juice of grapes or eat grapes, fresh or dried.
Num 6:4 All the days of his separation he will eat nothing that is produced by the grapevine, not even the seeds or the skins.
Num 6:5 “All the days of his solemn pledge of separation, no razor will touch his head. Until the time is completed for which he separates himself to Yahveh, he will be holy. He will let the locks of hair of his head grow long.
Num 6:6 “All the days that he separates himself to Yahveh he will not go near a dead soul.
Num 6:7 Not even for his father or for his mother, for brother or sister, if they die, will he make himself unclean, because his separation to God is on his head.
Num 6:8 All the days of his separation he is holy to Yahveh.
Num 6:9 “And if any man dies very suddenly beside him and he defiles his consecrated head, then he will shave his head on the day of his purification; on the seventh day he will shave it.
Num 6:10 On the eighth day he will bring two turtledoves or two pigeons to the priest to the entrance of the conference tent,
Num 6:11 and the priest will offer one for a mistake offering and the other for an ascending offering, and provide reconciliation for him, because he made a mistake by reason of the dead soul. And he will consecrate his head that same day
Num 6:12 and separate himself to Yahveh for the days of his separation and bring a male lamb a year old for a reparation offering. But the previous period will be void, because his separation was defiled.

consecrated time

The Nazarite pledge was designed to consecrate a period of time, not just a person. That is why — if during the period of consecration a person became unintentionally defiled, he or she had to start over again. The community as a whole would look around and see visible examples of those who had chosen to dedicate their time to the LORD.

LORD, show us ways to focus our time on what matters most — you and your coming kingdom, and your passion to save those who do not know you yet.

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forgiven and fruitful

marmsky January 2018 (30)

devotional post # 2277

Numbers 5:23-31

Num 5:23 “Then the priest will write these curses in a book and wash them off into the water of bitterness.
Num 5:24 And he will make the woman drink the water of bitterness that brings the curse, and the water that brings the curse will enter into her and cause bitter pain.
Num 5:25 And the priest will take the tribute offering of jealousy out of the woman’s hand and will wave the tribute offering in the sight of Yahveh and bring it to the altar.
Num 5:26 And the priest will take a handful of the tribute offering, as its memorial portion, and burn it on the altar, and afterward will make the woman drink the water.
Num 5:27 And when he has made her drink the water, then, if she has defiled herself and has betrayed her husband, the water that brings the curse will enter into her and cause bitter pain, and her uterus will swell, and her thigh will fall away, and the woman will become a curse among her people.
Num 5:28 But if the woman has not defiled herself and is pure, then she will be free and can become pregnant with children.
Num 5:29 “This is the law in cases of jealousy, when a wife, though under her husband’s authority, goes astray and defiles herself,
Num 5:30 or when the spirit of jealousy comes over a man and he is jealous of his wife. Then he will set the woman in the sight of Yahveh, and the priest will carry out for her all this law.
Num 5:31 The man will be free from a violation, but the woman will bear her violation.”

forgiven and fruitful

The jealousy ritual reveals another fact relating to the new covenant in Christ. Once a wife has been set free from the jealousy curse, she will be able to bear children again. Likewise, when we — the bride of Christ — read the words of condemnation in the law, we can drink in the curse, and still be fruitful in our witnessing and ministries for Christ.

LORD, thank you for the glorious gospel of grace, enabling us to drink in the condemnation of sin, and still remain forgiven and fruitful.

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Amen, Amen

marmsky January 2018 (29)

devotional post # 2276

Numbers 5:16-22

Num 5:16 “And the priest will bring her near and set her in the sight of Yahveh.
Num 5:17 And the priest will take holy water in an earthenware vessel and take some of the dust that is on the floor of the tabernacle and put it into the water.
Num 5:18 And the priest will set the woman in the sight of Yahveh and unbind the hair of the woman’s head and place in her hands the tribute offering of remembrance, which is the tribute offering of jealousy. And in his hand the priest will have the water of bitterness that brings the curse.
Num 5:19 Then the priest will make her take an oath, and this is what he will say ‘If no man has lain with you, and if you have not turned aside to contamination while you were under your husband’s authority, be free from this water of bitterness that brings the curse.
Num 5:20 But if you have gone astray, though you are under your husband’s authority, and if you have defiled yourself, and some man other than your husband has lain with you,
Num 5:21 then’ (let the priest make the woman take the oath of the curse, and say to the woman) ‘Yahveh make you a curse and an oath among your people, when Yahveh makes your thigh fall away and your body swell.
Num 5:22 May this water that brings the curse pass into your bowels and make your uterus swell and your thigh fall away.’ And the woman will say, ‘Amen, Amen.’

Amen, Amen

This curse was pronounced upon the wife accused of unfaithfulness by her husband. it predicted barrenness and shame to this woman. But it would have absolutely no effect upon a woman wrongfully accused, except to exonerate her. It was a conditional curse. A faithful wife could say ‘Amen, Amen’ to the curse, because she knew that her covenant with her husband had not been broken, so she was free from the curse.

LORD, thank you that we can look at all the curses of the law and say ‘Amen, Amen’ because Christ has set us free from them.

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