Numbers 28 & 29 Review of Israel’s sacrifices
- Distinguish between the daily sacrifice throughout the year offered every morning and evening (28:3-8) and the additional sacrifices: (a) on the Sabbath (28:9, 10); at the new moon each month (28:11-15); (c) throughout the feast of unleavened bread and at the Passover itself (28:17-25, see Note below); (d) at the Feast of Weeks (28:26-31); (e) at the blowing of trumpets (29:1-6); (f) on the Day of Atonement (29:7-11); (g) at the Feast of Tabernacles (29:12-38).
- It was easy for these sacrifices to become mere ritual- so much so that later prophets strongly condemned their misuse. Amos 5:21-24 and Is. 1:11-18 give a clue as to the purpose of these offerings and to God’s real requirements in and through them. Cf. also Heb. 10:1-18.
Note. 28:24. The meaning is that the sacrifices prescribed above in verses 19-22 are to be offered daily throughout the feast.
- How does this chapter show our responsibility in speech? Cf. Matt. 5:33-37; 12:36.
- Do you think the woman’s relationship to father and husband should be viewed a merely local Israelite custom, or is there an implied principle that holds in the twentieth century too?