Michael Boling – Reflections on Numbers 7


Numbers 7

Numbers 7 is quite honestly one of those chapters that seems to never end. I often wonder why it wasn’t broken up into shorter chapters given its 89 verse length. With that said, the events outlined in this chapter are important, firstly because it is in Scripture, and secondly, because it provides an overview of the various offerings given at the dedication of the Tabernacle.

After Moses had finished setting up the tabernacle, putting each part in its proper place, anointing the parts of the tabernacle and consecrating everything as God had commanded, the leaders of the tribes of Israel came to make a series of offerings to the Lord. For a period of twelve days, the leader of each of the twelve tribes brought their gifts to God.

The list of what was presented is quite impressive:

– Twelve silver plates
– Twelve silver sprinkling bowls
– Twelve gold dishes
– Twenty-four oxen
– Sixty rams
– Sixty male goats
– Sixty male lambs

Following these twelve days of offerings, Moses entered the tent of meeting to speak with God. Moses heard the voice of God speaking to him from between the two cherubim that were located above the cover of the Ark of the Covenant. What a scene that must have been!

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