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Numbers 28:16-29:40

I’m not sure if this has any specific significance but has anyone noticed that the Festivals/Holy Assemblies God gave Israel through Moses totals up to seven? Also the requirements for the burnt offerings on those days, as well as on the New Moons included seven lambs. Two of the festivals Feast of Unleavened Bread and the Festival of Booths are seven-day festivals. In the 28th and 29th chapter of Numbers six of these festivals are listed, in the 23rd chapter of Leviticus all seven are mentioned. What has been left out here is the Festival of Firstfruits, which comes right after Passover/Unleavened Bread.

Seven, I’m told, is very significant biblically because it represents completion. But I’m sure that a lot of times seven is just seven. However, Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the word (John 1:29). Hmmm, this may be a very interesting topic to explore.

Note: The Seven Festivals in calendar order: 1) Passover; 2) Unleavened Bread; 3) Fristfruits; 4) Festival of Weeks, AKA Pentecost or Harvest; 5) Festival of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah); 6) Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur); and 7) Tabernacles (Booths or Ingathering and in Hebrew, Sukkoth.

Luke 3:23-38
Some of my observations and thoughts as I read through the names in this genealogy:

1) 23 Jesus was about thirty years old when he began his public ministry.
The son of God waited until the fullness of time to begin His ministry. More precisely He began His ministry when His Father told Him it was time. Maybe many of us are ineffective in our call because we are,

a. Out of our call
b. Ahead of our time.
c. We have not followed the voice of our Father, God in beginning our ministry (John 5:19)

2) 27 …Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel: was the leader and governor of Jerusalem after the return from exile in Babylon and was given the command by the prophet, Haggai, to begin rebuilding the temple. (Ezra; Nehemiah; Haggai)

3) 32 …Boaz was the son of Salmon: Boaz married Ruth, the Moabitess, David’s great grandfather. God goes outside of Israel to place in Jesus’ lineage a woman who comes from a people who are enemies of Israel although they are related through Abraham’s nephew Lot. And in keeping with this outside “influence” is Boaz’s father, Salmon. Looking at the genealogy in Matthew you will see that Salmon is the offspring of his father Nahshon and Rahab the prostitute, or should I say former prostitute, a Canaanite. Rahab was the only woman in Jericho, before the walls came down, who believed in Israel’s God and protected the spies that Moses’ former assistant, Joshua, sent to successfully spy out the land. This was before Israel entered into the Promise Land after their forty-year journey to complete a two-week trek.

Psalm 62:1-12
1 I wait quietly before God,
for my salvation comes from him.

The first verse should say it all; however, I find myself waiting but alas it is not in a quiet mode. O, to get to the place where David was when He wrote this Psalm. In fact waiting quietly is mentioned again in verse five.

Proverbs 11:18-19
19 Godly people find life; evil people find death

We have the wrong understanding of true wealth and riches. The world tells us it is money and the holding of property that makes us rich. However God is the creator of all that so to have Him truly makes us rich because He owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10) and the hills under the cattle.

Grace and peace,

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