Offerings of Dedication – Numbers 7

Offerings of Dedication - Numbers 7This entire chapter describes how the leaders of the 12 tribes of Israel brought gifts and offerings for use and maintenance of the Tabernacle. One leader of each tribe brought their offering each day for 12 days and presented it.

Notice that it was the leaders, the princes of Israel, the heads of the households of their fathers who brought the offerings. A demonstration of leadership? An example for the people? Simply a required ritual? 

Near the end of the chapter, the dedication offering is described:

84 So this was the dedication offering for the altar, brought by the leaders of Israel at the time it was anointed: twelve silver platters, twelve silver basins, and twelve gold incense containers. 85 In all, the silver objects weighed about 60 pounds, about 3 1/4 pounds for each platter and 1 3/4 pounds for each basin. 86 The weight of the donated gold came to about three pounds, about four ounces for each of the gold containers that were filled with incense. 87 Twelve bulls, twelve rams, and twelve one-year-old male lambs were donated for the burnt offerings, along with their prescribed grain offerings. Twelve male goats were brought for the sin offerings. 88 Twenty-four young bulls, sixty rams, sixty male goats, and sixty one-year-old male lambs were donated for the peace offerings. This was the dedication offering for the altar after it was anointed.

This was the dedication offering, annointed and presented before God, just as He had prescribed it. What is God telling us to offer today? I’m grateful that we no longer have to sacrifice bulls and goats – Jesus’ cruel death on the cross was our ultimate sacrifice, doing away with that requirment. Still, is God calling on us to make a dedication offering? What would that look like? How can we hear His voice concerning this?

Look at the next verse:

89 Whenever Moses went into the Tabernacle to speak with the LORD, he heard the voice speaking to him from between the two cherubim above the Ark’s cover the place of atonement that rests on the Ark of the Covenant. The LORD spoke to him from there.

Can you imagine hearing the voice of God? We don’t have this today, so how does God speak to us? Through the reading of His word. Through the prompting of the Holy Spirit. To know what He’s asking (in the way of dedication offering or anything else) we need to be in the word and in prayer to Him – always.


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