Numbers 28* Offerings, The daily sacrifice. (1-8) The offering on thesabbath and new moons. (9-15) Offerings at the passover, and onthe day of first-fruits. (16-31)1-8 God saw fit now to repeat the law of sacrifices. This was anew generation of men; and they were concerned to keep theirpeace with God when at war with their enemies. The dailysacrifice is called a continual burnt-offering; when we are bidto pray always, at least every morning and evening we shouldoffer up solemn prayers and praises to God. Nothing is addedhere but that the wine poured out in the drink-offering is to bestrong wine, to teach us to serve God with the best we have. Itwas a figure of the blood of Christ, the memorial of which isstill left to the church in wine; and of the blood of themartyrs, which was poured out as a drink-offering on thesacrifice and service of our faith, #Php 2:17|. 9-15 Every sabbath day, beside the two lambs offered for thedaily burnt-offering, there must be two more offered. Thisteaches us to double our devotions on sabbath days, for so theduty of the day requires. The sabbath rest is to be observed, inorder more closely to apply ourselves to the sabbath work, whichought to fill up the sabbath time. The offerings in the newmoons showed thankfulness for the renewing of earthly blessings:when we rejoice in the gifts of providence, we must make thesacrifice of Christ, that great gift of special grace, thefountain and spring-head of our joy. And the worship performedin the new moons is made typical of gospel solemnities, #Isa66:23|. As the moon borrows light from the sun, and is renewedby its influences; so the church borrows her light from JesusChrist, who is the Sun of righteousness, renewing the state ofthe church, especially under the gospel. 16-31 By the sacrifices enjoined in this chapter, we arereminded of the continued power of the sacrifice of Christ, andof our continual need to depend thereon. No hurryingemployments, or perilous situations, or prosperouscircumstances, should cause slackness in our religiousexercises; but should rather stir us up to greater diligence inseeking help from, or giving thanks to the Lord. And all is tobe accompanied with repentance, faith is the Lord Jesus, andlove to him, and to produce true holiness in our conduct towardsall men; otherwise God will abhor our most solemn services andabundant devotions. And Christ is able to supply the wants ofevery day, every week, every month, every year, every ordinance,every case.
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