Numbers 7 & 8: Will You Offer Yourself To God?
Verse of the Day: (7:11) And the LORD said unto Moses, They shall offer their offering, each prince on his day, for the dedicating of the altar. (7:11)
1. Oxen (7:1-9)
And Moses took the wagons and the oxen, and gave them unto the Levites. (7:6)
God commanded all the tribes, excluding the tribe of Levi, but including the two tribes of Joseph, namely, his sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which made up the twelve tribes, to offer and dedicate their wagons and oxen before His altar in the tabernacle after it had been fully erected and all the instruments had been anointed and sanctified. The wagons and the oxen were only given to two of the three families of the sons of Levi, namely, Gershon and Merari, to assist them in moving the instruments, while there was none given to the family of Kohath. God had commanded the family of Kohath to only carry His ark and the specified instruments on their shoulders. These instruments, particularly, the ark, represented God’s holy presence, and they must be holy before Him, and personally carry them on their shoulders. God desires us to have a close fellowship with Him by placing Him upon our shoulders, and especially in our hearts. (Numbers 3:27-32)
2. Offer (7:10-89)
And he that offered his offering the first day was Nahshon the son of Amminadab, of the tribe of Judah: (7:12)
All the twelve princes of the twelve tribes of Israel gave the same offerings on each consecutive days lasting twelve days. On the first day, Nahshon, the prince of Judah, dedicated his offering to God. Though Judah was not the firstborn of Jacob’s twelve sons, yet God commanded him to offer first, because from his lineage shall come forth Jesus, God’s Son. (Matthew 1:3) God knows our hearts and how much we give to Him. When Jesus was on earth, He praised the poor widow as He saw her giving her two mites or her all to Him. Indeed, let us give our lives to God who owns and saves us. (Luke 21:1-4)
3. Old (8:1-26)
This is it that belongeth unto the Levites: from twenty and five years old and upward they shall go in to wait upon the service of the tabernacle of the congregation: (8:24)
The Levites were called upon to serve God in the tabernacle only when they reached the age of twenty-five because they must be trained for His service. After they reached the age of fifty, they ceased to serve as they were too old to carry some of the heavy instruments of the tabernacle. However, they still continued to serve God by training and supervising the young Levites. Indeed, it is a great joy to serve God, and even greater joy to pass the baton to the younger ones who shall continue to serve Him. (2 Timothy 2:2)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to offer myself to You as You truly own and save me.