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Numbers 28.1-6 – The Worship of God
Posted: 12 January 2013 in Numbers

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Command the children of Israel, and say unto them, My offering, and my bread for my sacrifices made by fire, for a sweet savour unto me, shall ye observe to offer unto me in their due season. And thou shalt say unto them, This is the offering made by fire which ye shall offer unto the Lord; two lambs of the first year without spot day by day, for a continual burnt offering. The one lamb shalt thou offer in the morning, and the other lamb shalt thou offer at even; And a tenth part of an ephah of flour for a meat offering, mingled with the fourth part of an hin of beaten oil. It is a continual burnt offering, which was ordained in mount Sinai for a sweet savour, a sacrifice made by fire unto the Lord.

It is an oft repeated truism the Gentile Christians are not bound to observe the Mosaic law. The New Testament contains no similarly detailed cultic regulations, and presumably God had good reasons for not giving any such ordinances. However, it is difficult not to feel slightly sadened by their absence. There can be nothing more pleasing to God than that which he himself has commanded, and our aim and desire should of course be to please him. But I suppose there would be a danger in having a cultus too tightly specified in the New Testament, and the previous sentence would be true only if that danger were avoided. The danger being, ot course, that if detailed regulations were given by God, then that could have encouraged the idea that merely to perform specified actions would be valid worship. If true desire and devotion to God were absent, then of course it wouldn’t be.

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