The Offerings of Gratitude
“The Offerings of Gratitude” in Numbers 15:1-21
This passage is all about offerings to be made to the Lord when they arrive in Canaan – and this, at first view, is a bit of a puzzle.
Consider: the previous four chapters are in a narrative genre and suddenly we encounter more Laws from Yahweh! Why?
Consider also: These previous four chapters have related Israel’s gross sins of gambling, envy and blatant unbelief and disobedience – a climax of total rebellion at the report of the ten spies. The Lord has expressed His anger and burning justice in punishment in all cases – finally with an utter rejection of this generation from entering Canaan! No milk & honey for them! One gets the message that the Lord is fed up with Israel and ready to destroy them and start a new nation through Moses.