So, there’s a small part of me that’s wanting to just get on with it as I read this chapter, I remember going through the variety of different feasts and offerings before – although there do seem to be some differences; and now we see God goes into greater details about the offerings that are to be given during these feasts.
What really clicked with me tonight, though, was the feast side of things.
Here we have a passage that, on the surface, looks like another big series of tasks of how to present offerings to God; look at the Feast of Tabernacles section, 13 bulls, then 12, then 11, then ten, and so on. It’s almost as difficult to read as the census chapters.
But if we scratch the surface, and look at the actual basis for this, it’s still a feast. It’s a celebration.
And its a celebration in which the Israelites are meant to come before God in the form of an offering.
It’s almost like God’s telling them that he wants to party with them. He wants them to celebrate, to have a good time, to feast – but he doesn’t want to just watch from his throne room, he wants to be involved too.
You know, sometimes I think we get caught up by the restrictions, the laws, the boundaries that are placed on the Israelites in the old testament, and it’s almost like we start to forget that God’s still the same. Because we get taught so much about ‘the Law’ and how that relates through to us, we sometimes forget that God’s still here in this part of the bible too.
Here’s God, still wanting to have a relationship with his children; here he is, wanting them to come into his presence and share the day of feasting with him. This passage is more than just a list of things that people need to do, this is God planning a party.
I love it.