Today’s Reading: Numbers 28-29
Today’s Reflection: Numbers 28:1-2
1) The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2) “Command the people of Israel and say to them, ‘My offering, my food for my food offerings, my pleasing aroma, you shall be careful to offer to me at its appointed time.’
One of the fundamental pillars of Kingdom life is the way God shows us spiritual principles through the physical world around us. He shows us what is happening in the unseen through the seen. He projects what is difficult for us to grasp by using things we hear, taste, smell, touch and see daily. For example, the physical Exodus, God freeing Israel from bondage and slavery to Egypt has a spiritual parallel in all who profess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour being freed by Him from bondage and slavery to sin.
The offerings described in Numbers 28 and 29 are similarly a physical manifestation of a spiritual reality. Now, the offerings themselves are a small things, just tokens really. Since ‘the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof’, and ‘the cattle on a thousand hills are His’ (Psalm 50:10), God didn’t really have need of Israel’s offerings (and today He doesn’t need ours either).
But notice how the offerings fall into specific categories based on when they are offered: daily, both morning and evening; Sabbath; Monthly; and Feast Days. These times are also associated with times we are to devote to spending with God. We are encouraged to start and end each day with God—morning and evening offerings. We are instructed to spend the Sabbath day resting in God and reflecting on His authorship of this world and our lives. The Feast Days were given to Israel, and to us, as a reminder of specific things God has done for us. For example, Passover literally refers to the final plague in Egypt where the angel of death “passed over” the homes of those who followed God’s instruction to sacrifice a lamb and place it’s blood on the doorposts—spiritually the lamb symbolizes Jesus, who through His sacrifice and the application of His blood to our lives makes God’s wrath pass us over at judgment and allows us to live eternally.
There are two critical characteristics of offerings we need to understand for our spiritual growth:
1) First, the physical offerings symbolize elements of the spiritual relationship we are invited to have with God. God doesn’t need our offerings. What He wants is us.
Mark 12:30 – ‘And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
2) Secondly, the word ‘offering’ tells us this relationship isn’t something imposed or forced upon us. God wants us to freely give of ourselves, to offer ourselves, our loyalty and our love to Him. Just as He showed Himself worthy to Israel through His mighty deeds and great mercy, He shows Himself to us as worthy of our worship, praise and love.
God is truly worthy and deserving of all we can offer to Him.