Conversations with the man upstairs.
It has been a habit of mine for the past few years to skip my daily old testament reading, and just plow on with the new. Today, I was about to do the same because it was boring old Numbers. Anyone familiar with that book could no doubt attest to it’s exciting, riveting, and flamboyant style (yawn) Well, today I was stopped and prompted to read, so I asked God to reveal something to me from to days old testament reading which was Numbers 28 – 30 (yawn)
As I plowed through the scripture I was trying to find meaning in all the burnt offerings, like the festival of Sukkot for instance. Over a seven-day period, there were 70 bulls slaughtered, 14 rams, 98 lambs, and 7 goats along with the associated flour, oil and wine offerings.
Offerings at the Feast of Tabernacles
12 ‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month you shall have a holy
convocation. You shall do no customary work, and you shall keep a feast
to the Lord seven days. 13 You shall present a burnt offering, an offering made by fire as a sweet aroma to the Lord: thirteen young bulls, two rams, and fourteen lambs in their first year. They shall be without blemish. 14 Their grain offering shall be of fine flour mixed with oil: three-tenths of an ephah for each of the thirteen bulls, two-tenths for each of the two rams, 15 and one-tenth for each of the fourteen lambs; 16 also one kid of the goats as a sin offering, besides the regular burnt offering, its grain offering, and its drink offering.
Blood ‘n’ guts
As I read each day’s allotment of slaughter I was intrigued to notice that the Goat got off pretty lightly, why would that be I wondered? only one goat got the chop each day, yet many more lambs and bulls. So, I asked Father why there was only one goat offered each day, and immediately He said, “There is only one sin offering”
The goat is there for the sin offering, and up until Jesus, one was offered each day at these feasts to bear that sin, but since Jesus, goats just don’t do it. Jesus, the sacrificial lamb, takes away the need for that goat, that is what the Lord meant when He said to me “there is only one sin offering”
That is why Jesus shed His blood.
28 For this is My blood of the [a]new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
Thank you, Jesus.
Conversations with the man upstairs 2
The Lamb and the 144,000
I once heard a woman tell me that she was one of the 144,000, at the time I didn’t think too much about it, but sometime later I was reading Revelation 14 and I had a revelation 🙂 According to verse 4 “These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins” WOW!
So, what I gather from that verse is, all the 144,000 are male, so the woman who told me she was one of the 144,000 obviously had not properly read that part or just plain overlooked it. But what is more troubling to me is the fact that it says, they (the 144,000 males) had not defiled themselves with women. Defiled? That is strong language!
According to merriam-webster
: to make unclean or impure: such as a : to corrupt the purity or perfection of : debase the countryside defiled by billboards b : to violate the chastity or virginity of : deflower c : to make physically unclean especially with something unpleasant or contaminating boots defiled with blood … I had never allowed anyone to smoke in the truck. Drunk as I was, I knew that I was betraying something by allowing him to defile the truck’s interior.— Patrick Moore d : to violate the sanctity of : desecrate defile a sanctuary went to jail for costuming themselves in the American flag and thus defiling it— James R. Gaines e : sully, dishonor defile his reputation.
It would seem that somehow Woman, whom God created out of man, is not a good thing? And come to think of it, why do we picture God as male, Jesus is male, The Holy Spirit is sometimes referred to as He too. It all seems very odd to me that such a strong word is used in this passage.
Oh well, God knows best, and I guess we will know the full meaning when we meet Him.
Till next time then.