Numbers 15 Outline
– Additional offerings that are to accompany different types of offerings (Numbers 15:1-21)
– Offerings for the Israelites community or just one Israelite that sin unintentionally (Numbers 15:22-31)
– A man was stoned to death for gathering wood on the Sabbath (Numbers 15:32-36)
– Tassels on the corners of the garments (Numbers 15:37-41)
Numbers 15 Summary
In Numbers 15:1-21, God instructed the Israelites to bring additional offerings when they make offerings from the herd or flock. If anyone wants to bring an offering, he must bring a meat offering of a tenth deal of flour mingled with the fourth part of an hin of oil.
For a lamb, he must bring the fourth part of an hin of wine for a drink offering shalt thou prepare with the burnt offering or sacrifice.
For a ram, the person should prepare for a meat offering two tenth deals of flour mingled with the third part of an hin of oil. Besides, the person must bring a drink offering of the third part of an hin of wine.
For a bullock of a burnt offering, or for making a vow, or peace offerings, the person should bring a meat offering of three tenth deals of flour mingled with half an hin of oil. Besides, the person should also bring for a drink offering half an hin of wine, for an offering made by fire.
The law for the offerings is the same for the aliens and Israelites.
In Numbers 15:22-31, if the entire community of Israelites unintentionally disobey a commandment that God gave Moses from the day God first gave Moses until the future generations, they are to offer young bullock for a burnt offering along with the meat offering, drink offering, and one kid of the goats for a sin offering.
If only one person sin unintentionally, he is to bring a she goat of the first year for a sin offering. If anyone sin intentionally including native born or alien and blasphemes God, he will be cut off from his people and his guilt remain on him.
In Numbers 15:32-36, the Israelites found a man gathering wood on the Sabbath day and brought him to Moses. The man was kept in custody until God reveal to Moses what to do. Later, God instructed Moses to stone the person to death outside the camp. The whole assembly brought the man outside the camp and stoned him to death, just as God instructed Moses.
In Numbers 15:37-41, God commanded Moses to instruct the Israelites to make tassels on the corners of their garments with blue cord on each tassel so that they will remember and obey his commandments.
Numbers 15 Bible Study
1. Christ died on the cross to reconcile us to God
There is no longer any need to make animal sacrifices to God because Jesus Christ had bore our sins on the cross and help us to reconcile to God. In Romans 5:10, for if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. In Colossians 1:22, in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
2. Examine yourself for sins every day
No matter you sin intentionally or unintentionally, you must confess it to God and repent from it. Once you have confess your sins, God will forgive you and purify all your unrighteousness. We can sin and then forget about it. This is why it is important that you examine yourself every day so that you can confess all your sins. In 1 John 1:9, if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. In James 5:16, confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
3. Keep the Sabbath
A man was stoned to death by the entire Israelite community for gathering woods on the Sabbath. Christians still have to observe the Sabbath although it is an Old Testament law (Nehemiah 10:31; Deuteronomy 5:14; Jeremiah 17:27; Mark 10:19; Matthew 12:8). On the Sabbath, you must not buy or sell or hire someone to look after your business. You must not do any work that gives you pleasure on the Sabbath. You must dedicate the whole Sabbath day to God. For example, on the Sabbath day, you should go to church, serve God, pray, worship, read the bible and etc.
4. Obey and walk in God’s commandments
God commanded Moses to instruct the Israelites make tassels on the garments with a blue cord on each tassel to help the Israelites remember and obey all of God’s commandments. In Matthew 23:5, but all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments. Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for showing off by making their phylacteries broad and the borders of their garments larger. We must not show off our deeds to people but always be humble. Then, whatever work you do for God will be remembered and rewarded in heaven. In Matthew 6:1-4, take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth. That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.