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Devotion and Thanksgiving (Numbers 7:84~89)
84 These were the offerings of the Israelite leaders for the dedication of the altar when it was anointed: twelve silver plates, twelve silver sprinkling bowls and twelve gold dishes.
85 Each silver plate weighed a hundred and thirty shekels, and each sprinkling bowl seventy shekels. Altogether, the silver dishes weighed two thousand four hundred shekels, according to the sanctuary shekel.
86 The twelve gold dishes filled with incense weighed ten shekels each, according to the sanctuary shekel. Altogether, the gold dishes weighed a hundred and twenty shekels.
87 The total number of animals for the burnt offering came to twelve young bulls, twelve rams and twelve male lambs a year old, together with their grain offering. Twelve male goats were used for the sin offering.
88 The total number of animals for the sacrifice of the fellowship offering came to twenty-four oxen, sixty rams, sixty male goats and sixty male lambs a year old. These were the offerings for the dedication of the altar after it was anointed.
89 When Moses entered the Tent of Meeting to speak with the LORD, he heard the voice speaking to him from between the two cherubim above the atonement cover on the ark of the Testimony. And he spoke with him.
A Greater Sacrifice (7:84–88)
The offerings that the Israelite leaders give for the dedication of the altar are extensive, lavish, and meaningful, and each serves a specific purpose. The grain offering expresses devotion to God (Lev. 2:2), the fellowship offering is an expression of thanksgiving (Lev. 7:11‒12), and the burnt offering and the sin offering are for the atonement of sins (Lev. 1, 4–5). When we read this, we might think we have it easy compared to the Israelites since Jesus brought an end to the sacrificial system when He fulfilled it by giving His life to atone for our sins. But on the contrary, God asks us to sacrifice something far more valuable than our most precious possessions; He calls us to offer our entire lives to Him (Rom. 12:1–2). As a people saved by grace, we are to express devotion and thanksgiving to God with everything we have and in everything we do.
- Do you ever take the grace of God for granted? In what practical way can you express devotion and thanksgiving to God today?
A Greater Prophet (7:89)
As the presentation of offerings comes to a close, we are invited into an intimate scene between God and His chosen prophet. Moses enters the tabernacle to speak with the LORD, and His voice comes from between the two cherubim above the atonement cover on the ark of the covenant—the “mercy seat” where the high priest would sprinkle the blood of a goat to atone for the sins of Israel (Lev. 16). It is a moment that points forward to the work of Christ, the greater prophet who would atone for all of humanity’s sins with His blood and give us direct access to the throne room of God.
- As you spend time in God’s presence today, give thanks for Jesus, the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world.
A letter to God
Lord Jesus, I offer my life to You because You gave up everything for my sake. I do not want to hold anything back—take everything I have and use it for Your glory. In Your name. Amen.
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