– Joyful Sacrifices
Two unique features characterize the Feast of Tabernacles:
- Great joy. Three times God says to rejoice.
- Number of sacrifices
Numbers 29: 12-16; 35-39
‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work, and you shall keep a feast to the Lord seven days. You shall present a burnt offering, an offering made by fire as a sweet aroma to the Lord: thirteen young bulls, two rams, and fourteen lambs in their first year. They shall be without blemish. Their grain offering shall be of fine flour mixed with oil: three-tenths of an ephah for each of the thirteen bulls, two-tenths for each of the two rams, and one-tenth for each of the fourteen lambs; also one kid of the goats as a sin offering, besides the regular burnt offering, its grain offering, and its drink offering.
‘On the eighth day you shall have a sacred assembly. You shall do no customary work. You shall present a burnt offering, an offering made by fire as a sweet aroma to the Lord: one bull, one ram, seven lambs in their first year without blemish, and their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bull, for the ram, and for the lambs, by their number, according to the ordinance; also one goat as a sin offering, besides the regular burnt offering, its grain offering, and its drink offering.
‘These you shall present to the Lord at your appointed feasts (besides your vowed offerings and your freewill offerings) as your burnt offerings and your grain offerings, as your drink offerings and your peace offerings.’”
Each day the number of sacrifices decreased. In addition to the regular daily offerings, at the end of the seven days of the Feast, they had sacrificed a total (divisible by seven):
- 14 rams
- 98 male lambs
- 70 bulls
Joy and self-sacrifice are the signs of true worship.
PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM AS ISRAEL WORSHIPS THE LORD WITH HER WHOLE HEART AND WITH JOY