Growup: Day 39

Num 7:1-10:10

The details and the repetition continue here. You will no doubt remember this little chant:

79 His offering was one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels, and one silver sprinkling bowl weighing seventy shekels, both according to the sanctuary shekel, each filled with fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering; 80 one gold dish weighing ten shekels, filled with incense; 81 one young bull, one ram and one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering; 82 one male goat for a sin offering; 83 and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old, to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Ahira son of Enan. Num 7:79-83

This level of detail was just for the dedication of the altar. Then it goes on preparing the Levites for service. All these things that need to be in place before the tabernacle even goes operational. Preparations, laying the ground work so God can dwell amongst his people.

In Num 9:15 he comes:

15 On the day the tabernacle, the Tent of the Testimony, was set up, the cloud covered it. From evening till morning the cloud above the tabernacle looked like fire. 16 That is how it continued to be; the cloud covered it, and at night it looked like fire.

If he is to remain amongst the people of God they will need to live by the commands the Lord has just decreed in Leviticus.

They would inevitably fail. They would defile the sanctuary. They would defile Gods holy place. In Ez 8-11 the glory of the Lord departs the temple, the cloud departs.

It would not return for centuries. When it did some preparations would need to take place. The lamb of God, Jesus would die, he would bring atonement so God could dwell amongst his people and he did:

1When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them. Acts 2:1-4

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