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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

February 26 - Numbers 7: The Tribes Dedicate the Altar

Today’s Reading: Numbers 7

The Message

English Standard Version

Today is another day full of repetition. If you are pressed for time, read the first 17 verses and skip to verse 84. Everything in between is 11 days of the same offering. Today's post will be brief—I will only repeat a thought on oral culture in case you missed it earlier.

Thought to Guide Your Reading

The leaders of each tribe of the Israelites bring offerings for the new Altar to God.

Summary in 100 Words or Less

The Tabernacle was finished. Moses had leaders from the 11 tribes bring oxcarts to help the Levites transport the furnishings.
The Altar was ready. Each tribe brought a gift for the altar and a sacrifice: a silver plate and a silver bowl filled with flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, a gold vessel with incense, a bull, a ram, a goat, two oxen, five rams, and six lambs for an animal sacrifice.
Moses entered the tabernacle and God spoke to him in a voice between the cherubim on the Ark of the Covenant.

How Today’s Reading Contributes to the Gospel: God is Setting All Things Right

Repetition is used as a pneumonic devise to help with memorization.

(Repeat of three days ago)
The Law of Moses, although written down, was not passed on to the people through copies of a written document. It was passed on through oral teachers speaking to their family and friends. According to tradition, to attend the Jewish equivalent of a seminary, a student would have to quote the entire Pentateuch from memory. Pneumonic devices like repetition of the sentence
On the _______ day, _____ son of ______, the leader of the people of _________, brought his offering. His offering was: a silver plate weighing three and a quarter pounds and a silver bowl weighing one and three-quarter pounds (according to the standard Sanctuary weights), each filled with fine flour mixed with oil as a Grain-Offering; a gold vessel weighing four ounces, filled with incense; a young bull, a ram, and a yearling lamb for a Whole-Burnt-Offering; a he-goat for an Absolution-Offering; two oxen, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs to be sacrificed as a Peace-Offering. This was the offering of _____ son of _____. (The Message)
would serve as a help to memorize the entire section.
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