Day Fifty-Four, Various Passages from Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy
Today’s reading has instructions for guilt offerings and special offerings.
Guilt offerings, similar to sin offerings, were made in the case of unintentional sin. The regulations for various guilt offerings also include instructions for making restitution for certain trespasses.
Besides these five major types of offerings covered over the past couple of days (Burnt, Grain, Peace, Sin, and Guilt offerings) there were other special offerings that were to be made at various times…the Sabbath, the first of the month, etc. Today’s reading contained rules about these offerings and a few other details of the Israelites worship, regarding the lamps burning and the showbread.
This reading ended, however, with an instruction for Aaron to bless the people of Israel with these words:
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
I’ve come to love this passage of Scripture simply because it’s the words to a song that our worship minister likes to lead. Occasionally, we’ll end a time of evening worship by singing these words of blessing to each other.