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December 30, 2018

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Numbers 15 (ESV)

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “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,and you offer to the Lord from the herd or from the flock a food offering or a burnt offering or a sacrifice, to fulfill a vow or as a freewill offering or at your appointed feasts, to make a pleasing aroma to the Lord, then he who brings his offering shall offer to the Lord a grain offering of a tenth of an ephah of fine flour, mixed with a quarter of a hin of oil; and you shall offer with the burnt offering, or for the sacrifice, a quarter of a hin of wine for the drink offering for each lamb. Or for a ram, you shall offer for a grain offering two tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with a third of a hin of oil. And for the drink offering you shall offer a third of a hin of wine, a pleasing aroma to the Lord. And when you offer a bull as a burnt offering or sacrifice, to fulfill a vow or for peace offerings to the Lord, then one shall offer with the bull a grain offering of three tenths of an ephah of fine flour, mixed with half a hin of oil. 10 And you shall offer for the drink offering half a hin of wine, as a food offering, a pleasing aroma to the Lord.

11 “Thus it shall be done for each bull or ram, or for each lamb or young goat. 12 As many as you offer, so shall you do with each one, as many as there are. 13 Every native Israelite shall do these things in this way, in offering a food offering, with a pleasing aroma to the Lord. 14 And if a stranger is sojourning with you, or anyone is living permanently among you, and he wishes to offer a food offering, with a pleasing aroma to the Lord, he shall do as you do. 15 For the assembly, there shall be one statute for you and for the stranger who sojourns with you, a statute forever throughout your generations. You and the sojourner shall be alike before the Lord. 16 One law and one rule shall be for you and for the stranger who sojourns with you.”

17 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 18 “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When you come into the land to which I bring you 19 and when you eat of the bread of the land, you shall present a contribution to the Lord. 20 Of the first of your dough you shall present a loaf as a contribution; like a contribution from the threshing floor, so shall you present it. 21 Some of the first of your dough you shall give to the Lord as a contribution throughout your generations.

22 “But if you sin unintentionally, and do not observe all these commandments that the Lord has spoken to Moses, 23 all that the Lord has commanded you by Moses, from the day that the Lord gave commandment, and onward throughout your generations, 24 then if it was done unintentionally without the knowledge of the congregation, all the congregation shall offer one bull from the herd for a burnt offering, a pleasing aroma to the Lord, with its grain offering and its drink offering, according to the rule, and one male goat for a sin offering. 25 And the priest shall make atonement for all the congregation of the people of Israel, and they shall be forgiven, because it was a mistake, and they have brought their offering, a food offering to the Lord, and their sin offering before the Lord for their mistake. 26 And all the congregation of the people of Israel shall be forgiven, and the stranger who sojourns among them, because the whole population was involved in the mistake.

27 “If one person sins unintentionally, he shall offer a female goat a year old for a sin offering. 28 And the priest shall make atonement before the Lord for the person who makes a mistake, when he sins unintentionally, to make atonement for him, and he shall be forgiven. 29 You shall have one law for him who does anything unintentionally, for him who is native among the people of Israel and for the stranger who sojourns among them. 30 But the person who does anything with a high hand, whether he is native or a sojourner, reviles the Lord, and that person shall be cut off from among his people. 31 Because he has despised the word of the Lord and has broken his commandment, that person shall be utterly cut off; his iniquity shall be on him.”

32 While the people of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the Sabbath day. 33 And those who found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation. 34 They put him in custody, because it had not been made clear what should be done to him. 35 And the Lordsaid to Moses, “The man shall be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp.” 36 And all the congregation brought him outside the camp and stoned him to death with stones, as the Lord commanded Moses.

37 The Lord said to Moses, 38 “Speak to the people of Israel, and tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a cord of blue on the tassel of each corner. 39 And it shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the Lord, to do them, not to followafter your own heart and your own eyes, which you are inclined to whore after.40 So you shall remember and do all my commandments, and be holy to your God.41 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God: I am the Lord your God.”

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  1. How Soon They (We) Forget

    The people of Israel (like us) have short memories and short attention spans. Is it any wonder there are so many details given for the offerings and why it's repeated over and over again? 

    In today's chapter, the people of Israel were presented with a challenge. In Numbers 15:32, they found a man gathering sticks on the Sabbath and brought him to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation. Numbers 15:34 says, "They put him in custody, because it had not been made clear what should be done to him."

    Clearly the previous reminders to keep the Sabbath holy and to not do work on the Sabbath stuck with them since the last mention of keeping the Sabbath was back in Leviticus 26:2.

    An Example is Made

    In what some believe is an unjust act, the Lord commanded this man be put to death. But the Lord Himself didn't put him to death, nor did Moses and Aaron.

    Numbers 15:25 says, “The man shall be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp.” 36 And all the congregation brought him outside the camp and stoned him to death with stones, as the Lord commanded Moses.

    The same congregation who the Lord said is a stiff-necked people; who questioned God's appointing of Moses and Aaron as their leaders; who when faced with uncertainty would rather go back to slavery in Egypt than trust the God who delivered them out of Egypt; and who are guilty of defaming the name of the Lord and His character are now the ones who are going to stone this man to death for picking up sticks? 

    Do you see the irony here? 

    Do you think as they were stoning this man to death the thought entered their minds what the punishment should be for all the times they sinned?

    Do you think they know how serious of an offense sin is to God?

    The chapter ends with the Lord telling Moses to "make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a cord of blue on the tassel of each corner" (Numbers 15:27). This might seem strange that the text goes from the congregation stoning someone to making additions to their wardrobe but the purpose is revealed in Numbers 15:39-41 which says, "And it shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the Lord, to do them, not to follow after your own heart and your own eyes, which you are inclined to whore after. 40 So you shall remember and do all my commandments, and be holy to your God. 41 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God: I am the Lord your God."

    God did not want Israel to follow after their own heart and their own eyes and He doesn't want us to either. 

    These reminders in ancient history are reminders for us today. 

    While God would not have anyone stone people for picking up sticks on the Sabbath in the New Covenant of Jesus Christ, it is written for us to know how serious of an offense sin is to God. There are also consequences for sin and apart from faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and new birth, the wages of sin is death. People may live long lives on earth but if we die in our trespasses and sins, we will spend eternity separated from God in hell. 

    Numbers 15:31 says, "Because he has despised the word of the Lord and has broken his commandment, that person shall be utterly cut off; his iniquity shall be on him."

    I pray we do not despise the Word of the Lord. 

  2. When I read this reminder today of how seriously God treated sin in the Old Testament, it can be easy to "breathe a sigh of relief" — rightly so — that my sins have been forgiven because of Christ's death on my behalf and the faith I have placed in Him. 

    But I'm also reminded of Romans 6:10-18:

    "For the death [Jesus Christ] died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

    "Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

    "What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness."

    And then v. 22:

    "But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life."

    Having been redeemed (purchased) from slavery to sin (whose "wages are death" – Romans 6:23), I now belong to God, and out of love and gratitude will serve Him all the days of my life, until He calls me home:

    "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

    "He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed." 1 Peter 2:24

    "For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised." 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

     

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