The declining offerings at the Feast of Tabernacles

Numbers Bible Background

03.02.2018 – Old Testament: Num 29.12–34

To read the Bible in a year, read Numbers 28–29 on March 2, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

In Numbers 29.12–38, the Lord explained the offerings that He wanted Israel to make during the Feast of Tabernacles. What caught my attention was the declining numbers of bulls offered seven days, although all the other offerings remained the same everyday of the Feast,

“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. 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. 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, and one-tenth for each of the fourteen lambs; also one kid of the goats as a sin offering, besides the regular burnt offering, its grain offering, and its drink offering. On the second day present twelve young bulls…On the seventh day present seven bulls” (Numbers 29.12–34).

They started with thirteen bulls and finished at seven bulls on the seventh day of the Feast. I have yet to discover the significance of that, and whether Israel ever did or not, I do not know, nevertheless, they still had to do it as the Lord directed.


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