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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Numbers Chapter 29

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Moses
Date Penned: (1450-1410 BC)
Overview: A Record of A New Generation (c 27-36)
Theme: A Second Approach to the Promised Land (c 22-36)
Message: Offerings for the Day of Atonement (v 1-40)

Numbers 29 Commentary

(29:1) God's Holiday's - God placed many holidays on Israel's calendar. The three great holidays celebrated in the seventh month were the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles. These holidays provided time to refresh the mind and body and to renew one's commitment to God. If you feel tired or far from God, try taking a "spiritual holiday." Separate yourself from your daily routine and concentrate on renewing your commitment to God.

(29:1-2) The Feast of Trumpets - The Feast of Trumpets demonstrated three important principles that we should follow in our worship today: (1) The people gathered together to celebrate and worship. There is an extra benefit to be gained from worshiping with other believers. (2) The normal daily routine was suspended, and no hard work was done. It takes time to worship, and setting aside this time allows us to adjust our attitudes before and reflect afterward. (3) The people gave God something of value by sacrificing animals as burnt offerings to him. We show our commitment to God when we give him things that are of value to us. God desires wholehearted worship. Our gift of money presented generously to God's work also demonstrates our thanks to him. And the best gift, of course, is ourselves.

(29:7-11) The Day of Atonement  The Day of Atonement was the most solemn day of the year. It involved fasting, prayer, repentance, and a series of offerings to atone for the sins of the people. This was the one day each year that the high priest would enter the holiest part of the tabernacle and seek atonement for the sins of the people. The word atonement means "the state of being at one with another." In other words, atonement is the process of making sinners, who are separated from God, at one with God again, restoring their relationship with him. Forgiveness is the key to a restored relationship. The sacrifices themselves didn't actually earn God's forgiveness for the people's sin. The sacrifices were symbolic of the heartfelt desires of the people to be forgiven, to be "at one" with God again. Like all sacrifices we read about in the Old Testament, they pointed to the ultimate and final sacrifice of Jesus for the sins of all people, because of which we are forgiven and restored to a relationship with God once and for all.

(29:12-39) The Feast of Tabernacles - The Feast of Tabernacles was celebrated just after the Day of Atonement each year. The celebration lasted a full week and included sacrifices offered to the Lord each day. The people would build small shelters made of palm branches to remind them of the time before the Israelites lived permanently in the Promised Land. It marked the end of harvest season and was a time to pray for rain to bring new crops. Jesus was at this feast when he promised living water to those who believed in him (John.7:37-38).


Dave Burnette's Life Application

A Pattern for Worship

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue the book of Numbers with Chapter 29 and in today's text we see the Day of Atonement, Festival of Tabernacles, and the Festival of Trumpets which draws my attention today. Here The people gather together to celebrate and worship. They stop their daily routine of work and focus their attention on worship. They made a offering of sacrifice to show their commitment to the Lord. In making application we see a pattern for our worship today. We too should gather to worship, setting our day and attention to worship, and bringing an offering of our talents and resources to show our devotion to the Lord. How about you? Do you follow the pattern of Israel to worship the Lord? Let us follow the pattern of the Festival of Trumpets for an example of how we should worship the Lord. 

 

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Numbers 29

Numbers 29

 1And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing the trumpets unto you.

 2And ye shall offer a burnt offering for a sweet savour unto the LORD; one young bullock, one ram, and seven lambs of the first year without blemish:

 3And their meat offering shall be of flour mingled with oil, three tenth deals for a bullock, and two tenth deals for a ram,

 4And one tenth deal for one lamb, throughout the seven lambs:

 5And one kid of the goats for a sin offering, to make an atonement for you:

 6Beside the burnt offering of the month, and his meat offering, and the daily burnt offering, and his meat offering, and their drink offerings, according unto their manner, for a sweet savour, a sacrifice made by fire unto the LORD.

 7And ye shall have on the tenth day of this seventh month an holy convocation; and ye shall afflict your souls: ye shall not do any work therein:

 8But ye shall offer a burnt offering unto the LORD for a sweet savour; one young bullock, one ram, and seven lambs of the first year; they shall be unto you without blemish:

 9And their meat offering shall be of flour mingled with oil, three tenth deals to a bullock, and two tenth deals to one ram,

 10A several tenth deal for one lamb, throughout the seven lambs:

 11One kid of the goats for a sin offering; beside the sin offering of atonement, and the continual burnt offering, and the meat offering of it, and their drink offerings.

 12And on the fifteenth day of the seventh month ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work, and ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days:

 13And ye shall offer a burnt offering, a sacrifice made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD; thirteen young bullocks, two rams, and fourteen lambs of the first year; they shall be without blemish:

 14And their meat offering shall be of flour mingled with oil, three tenth deals unto every bullock of the thirteen bullocks, two tenth deals to each ram of the two rams,

 15And a several tenth deal to each lamb of the fourteen lambs:

 16And one kid of the goats for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, his meat offering, and his drink offering.

 17And on the second day ye shall offer twelve young bullocks, two rams, fourteen lambs of the first year without spot:

 18And their meat offering and their drink offerings for the bullocks, for the rams, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, after the manner:

 19And one kid of the goats for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, and the meat offering thereof, and their drink offerings.

 20And on the third day eleven bullocks, two rams, fourteen lambs of the first year without blemish;

 21And their meat offering and their drink offerings for the bullocks, for the rams, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, after the manner:

 22And one goat for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, and his meat offering, and his drink offering.

 23And on the fourth day ten bullocks, two rams, and fourteen lambs of the first year without blemish:

 24Their meat offering and their drink offerings for the bullocks, for the rams, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, after the manner:

 25And one kid of the goats for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, his meat offering, and his drink offering.

 26And on the fifth day nine bullocks, two rams, and fourteen lambs of the first year without spot:

 27And their meat offering and their drink offerings for the bullocks, for the rams, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, after the manner:

 28And one goat for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, and his meat offering, and his drink offering.

 29And on the sixth day eight bullocks, two rams, and fourteen lambs of the first year without blemish:

 30And their meat offering and their drink offerings for the bullocks, for the rams, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, after the manner:

 31And one goat for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, his meat offering, and his drink offering.

 32And on the seventh day seven bullocks, two rams, and fourteen lambs of the first year without blemish:

 33And their meat offering and their drink offerings for the bullocks, for the rams, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, after the manner:

 34And one goat for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, his meat offering, and his drink offering.

 35On the eighth day ye shall have a solemn assembly: ye shall do no servile work therein:

 36But ye shall offer a burnt offering, a sacrifice made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD: one bullock, one ram, seven lambs of the first year without blemish:

 37Their meat offering and their drink offerings for the bullock, for the ram, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, after the manner:

 38And one goat for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, and his meat offering, and his drink offering.

 39These things ye shall do unto the LORD in your set feasts, beside your vows, and your freewill offerings, for your burnt offerings, and for your meat offerings, and for your drink offerings, and for your peace offerings.

 40And Moses told the children of Israel according to all that the LORD commanded Moses.