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Numbers 7:10-89

Dedicating the Altar

10 And the princes offered for dedicating of the altar in the day that it was anointed, even the princes offered their offering before the altar. 11 And the LORD said unto Moses, They shall offer their offering, each prince on his day, for the dedicating of the altar... 84 This was the dedication of the altar, in the day when it was anointed, by the princes of Israel: twelve chargers of silver, twelve silver bowls, twelve spoons of gold: 85 Each charger of silver weighing an hundred and thirty shekels, each bowl seventy: all the silver vessels weighed two thousand and four hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary: 86 The golden spoons were twelve, full of incense, weighing ten shekels apiece, after the shekel of the sanctuary: all the gold of the spoons was an hundred and twenty shekels. 87 All the oxen for the burnt offering were twelve bullocks, the rams twelve, the lambs of the first year twelve, with their meat offering: and the kids of the goats for sin offering twelve. 88 And all the oxen for the sacrifice of the peace offerings were twenty and four bullocks, the rams sixty, the he goats sixty, the lambs of the first year sixty. This was the dedication of the altar, after that it was anointed. 89 And when Moses was gone into the tabernacle of the congregation to speak with him, then he heard the voice of one speaking unto him from off the mercy seat that was upon the ark of testimony, from between the two cherubims: and he spake unto him.


Everything that man has belongs to the Lord. We are the caretakers of the earth and should use the blessings that God bestows upon us in ways that serve Him. In this passage, God instructed Moses to have the leader of each tribe bring an offering for the dedication of the altar beginning on the day that it was anointed and lasting for twelve days. Each leader had his appointed day and each came in turn to present his gifts.

The princes of the tribes were given the greatest wealth. "For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more." (Luke 12:48) The gifts that were brought, therefore, were very generous, and every tribal leader brought exactly the same amount. All men are equal in the kingdom of God.

Each of the leaders brought one silver charger weighing 130 shekels and a silver bowl weighing 70 shekels. The twelve princes together offered a total of 2400 shekels of silver for the use in the tabernacle's worship services. In addition, each charger and bowl was filled with fine flour mixed with oil for a meat offering. (See Leviticus 2 and my notes on the meat offering at http://seekhimnow.com/seekers/modules/icontent/index.php?op=explore¤tDir=23) Each prince also brought one spoon made of gold and weighing 10 shekels full of incense, a total of 120 shekels of gold.

In addition, there were offerings made for the daily sacrifices. Each prince brought one young bullock, one ram, and a one year old lamb for the burnt offering. They also one kid goat for the sin offering. They each gave for the peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats and five lambs of the first year.

The total number of animals that were offered were twelve bullocks, the twelve rams , the twelve lambs of the first year, twelve kid goats for sin offering. "And all the oxen for the sacrifice of the peace offerings were twenty and four bullocks, the rams sixty, the he goats sixty, the lambs of the first year sixty." This was an expensive offering considering the fact that Israel had no knowledge of what their future needs would be as they would make the long journey toward the Promised land. However, as King David would later say to Ornan, "I will not take that which is thine for the LORD, nor offer burnt offerings without cost." (1 Chronicles 21:24)

All these offerings were sacrificed for the sins of the people at great cost. They were typical of the one offering that was made by Jesus for our sins. "Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men." (1 Corinthians 7:23)

After the sacrifices were made, Moses entered the tabernacle to speak with God. Because he was faithful in following God's instructions, God kept His promise. "And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be. And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee. And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel." (Exodus 25:20-22)

Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, everyone who believes in Him may enter the presence of God in the tabernacle that was not made with hands. "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:16) We can converse directly with the Father in the name of the Son and being guided by the Holy Spirit.

Before The Throne:

As you come into the throne of grace today, think about the sacrifice that was required so that you could enter into it. Have a sense of reverence and awe for the very privilege. Meditate on the tedious sacrifices Moses had to make in order to enter the tabernacle; and give thanks that your sins have been washed away by a higher sacrifice. Present your body as a living sacrifice to God and leave the prayer closet to represent Him to the rest of the world.

For Further Study:

(v.10)
** dedicating. Deut 20:5; 1Kgs 8:63; 2Chr 7:5, 9; Ezra 6:16-17; Neh 12:27, 43; Ps 30:1; John 10:22;

(v.11) ** 1Cor 14:33, 40; Col 2:5;

(v.12) ** Num 1:7; Num 2:3; Num 10:14; Gen 49:8, 10; Ruth 4:20; Matt 1:4; Luke 3:32;

(v.13) ** charger. Exod 25:29; Exod 37:16; 1Kgs 7:43, 45; 2Kgs 25:14-15; Ezra 1:9-10; Ezra 8:25; Jer 52:19; Dan 5:2; Zech 14:20; Matt 14:8, 11; ** the shekel. Exod 30:13; Lev 27:3, 25; ** a meat offering. Le 2:1;

(v.14) ** spoon. Num 4:7; Exod 37:16; 1Kgs 7:50; 2Kgs 25:14-15; 2Chr 4:22; 2Chr 24:14; ** incense. Exod 30:7-8, 34-38; Exod 35:8;

(v.15) ** Num 25:1-18; Num 28:1-29; Lev 1:1-17; Isa 53:4, 10-11; Matt 20:28; John 17:19; Rom 3:24-26; Rom 5:6-11, 16-21; Rom 8:34; Rom 10:4; 1Tim 2:6; Titus 2:14; Heb 2:10; 1Pet 1:18-19; 1Pet 2:24; 1Pet 3:18;

(v.16) ** Lev 4:23, 25;

(v.17) ** peace. Lev 3:1-17; 2Cor 5:19-21;

(v.84) ** the dedication. 1Chr 29:6-8; Ezra 2:68-69; Neh 7:70-72; Isa 60:6-10; Heb 13:10; Re 21:14; ** the princes. Judg 5:9; Neh 3:9;

(v.85) ** two thousand. 1Chr 22:14; 1Chr 29:4, 7; Ezra 8:25-26;

(v.88) ** that it was anointed. Num 7:1;;

(v.89) ** to speak. Num 12:8; Exod 33:9-11; ** he heard. Num 1:1; Exod 25:22; Lev 1:1; Heb 4:16; ** two cherubims. Exod 25:18-21; 1Sam 4:4; 1Kgs 6:23; Ps 80:1; 1Pet 1:12;

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