The Land I Am Giving You // Numbers 15:1-21
1. The LORD said to Moses,
2. “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘After you enter the land I am giving you as a home
3. and you present to the LORD offerings made by fire, from the herd or the flock, as an aroma pleasing to the LORD -whether burnt offerings or sacrifices, for special vows or freewill offerings or festival offerings-
4. then the one who brings his offering shall present to the LORD a grain offering of a tenth of an ephah of fine flour mixed with a quarter of a hin of oil.
5. With each lamb for the burnt offering or the sacrifice, prepare a quarter of a hin of wine as a drink offering.
6. ” ‘With a ram prepare a grain offering of two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with a third of a hin of oil,
7. and a third of a hin of wine as a drink offering. Offer it as an aroma pleasing to the LORD.
8. ” ‘When you prepare a young bull as a burnt offering or sacrifice, for a special vow or a fellowship offering to the LORD,
9. bring with the bull a grain offering of three-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with half a hin of oil.
10. Also bring half a hin of wine as a drink offering. It will be an offering made by fire, an aroma pleasing to the LORD. 11. Each bull or ram, each lamb or young goat, is to be prepared in this manner.
12. Do this for each one, for as many as you prepare.
13. ” ‘Everyone who is native-born must do these things in this way when he brings an offering made by fire as an aroma pleasing to the LORD.
14. For the generations to come, whenever an alien or anyone else living among you presents an offering made by fire as an aroma pleasing to the LORD, he must do exactly as you do.
15. The community is to have the same rules for you and for the alien living among you; this is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. You and the alien shall be the same before the LORD :
16. The same laws and regulations will apply both to you and to the alien living among you.’ ”
17. The LORD said to Moses,
18. “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land to which I am taking you
19. and you eat the food of the land, present a portion as an offering to the LORD.
20. Present a cake from the first of your ground meal and present it as an offering from the threshing floor.
21. Throughout the generations to come you are to give this offering to the LORD from the first of your ground meal.
A Hopeful Reminder (15:1–12)
After the devastating events of the previous chapter, there is a marked change of tone at the beginning of chapter 15. The LORD has a message for His people—not of rebuke or judgment, but of hope for the future. Although the Israelites have rebelled against His commands and have suffered the consequences, God now reminds them that He will surely fulfill His promise to give them a new home, and instructs them to worship Him with offerings when they arrive. When we sin gravely against God, we sometimes feel like we have done irreparable damage to our relationship with Him. But our God does not hold grudges. He is always ready to heal, restore, and fulfill His promises to His wayward children.
A Vision for the Future (15:13–21)
When our current circumstances seem bleak, it can cast a dark shadow into the future. We begin to lose faith and find it hard to believe that things will ever get better. This is how the Israelites must have felt after being told that the current generation would die in the wilderness and then seeing a great number of people fall to war and plague. But God speaks into this place of doubt and discouragement and casts a vision for the future: they will eat the food of the Promised Land and give offerings to the LORD “throughout the generations to come” (v. 21). The Israelites may still feel lost and weak in the wilderness, but God reaffirms His plan for them and confirms that He will sustain them far into the future.
– How has God restored your faith in Him after seasons of rebellion or wandering? What message of hope is He speaking into your life today?
– How do you feel when you think about your future? If you feel burdened by fear and uncertainty, surrender these burdens to God in prayer and seek His vision for your future.
A LETTER TO GOD:
Lord, I trust that my future is safe in Your hands. Call me back to You whenever I fall into sin, and restore my soul. With great hope, I look forward to spending an eternity with You in heaven. In Jesus’ name. Amen.