Numbers 28 & Psalm 72

Numbers 28

    The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Command the people of Israel and say to them, ‘My offering, my food for my food offerings, my pleasing aroma, you shall be careful to offer to me at its appointed time.’ And you shall say to them, This is the food offering that you shall offer to the LORD: two male lambs a year old without blemish, day by day, as a regular offering. The one lamb you shall offer in the morning, and the other lamb you shall offer at twilight; also a tenth of an ephah of fine flour for a grain offering, mixed with a quarter of a hin of beaten oil. It is a regular burnt offering, which was ordained at Mount Sinai for a pleasing aroma, a food offering to the LORD. Its drink offering shall be a quarter of a hin for each lamb. In the Holy Place you shall pour out a drink offering of strong drink to the LORD. The other lamb you shall offer at twilight. Like the grain offering of the morning, and like its drink offering, you shall offer it as a food offering, with a pleasing aroma to the LORD.

    “On the Sabbath day, two male lambs a year old without blemish, and two tenths of an ephah of fine flour for a grain offering, mixed with oil, and its drink offering: this is the burnt offering of every Sabbath, besides the regular burnt offering and its drink offering.

    “At the beginnings of your months, you shall offer a burnt offering to the LORD: two bulls from the herd, one ram, seven male lambs a year old without blemish; also three tenths of an ephah of fine flour for a grain offering, mixed with oil, for each bull, and two tenths of fine flour for a grain offering, mixed with oil, for the one ram; and a tenth of fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering for every lamb; for a burnt offering with a pleasing aroma, a food offering to the LORD. Their drink offerings shall be half a hin of wine for a bull, a third of a hin for a ram, and a quarter of a hin for a lamb. This is the burnt offering of each month throughout the months of the year. Also one male goat for a sin offering to the LORD; it shall be offered besides the regular burnt offering and its drink offering.

    “On the fourteenth day of the first month is the LORD's Passover, and on the fifteenth day of this month is a feast. Seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten. On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. You shall not do any ordinary work, but offer a food offering, a burnt offering to the LORD: two bulls from the herd, one ram, and seven male lambs a year old; see that they are without blemish; also their grain offering of fine flour mixed with oil; three tenths of an ephah shall you offer for a bull, and two tenths for a ram; a tenth shall you offer for each of the seven lambs; also one male goat for a sin offering, to make atonement for you. You shall offer these besides the burnt offering of the morning, which is for a regular burnt offering. In the same way you shall offer daily, for seven days, the food of a food offering, with a pleasing aroma to the LORD. It shall be offered besides the regular burnt offering and its drink offering. And on the seventh day you shall have a holy convocation. You shall not do any ordinary work.

    “On the day of the firstfruits, when you offer a grain offering of new grain to the LORD at your Feast of Weeks, you shall have a holy convocation. You shall not do any ordinary work, but offer a burnt offering, with a pleasing aroma to the LORD: two bulls from the herd, one ram, seven male lambs a year old; also their grain offering of fine flour mixed with oil, three tenths of an ephah for each bull, two tenths for one ram, a tenth for each of the seven lambs; with one male goat, to make atonement for you. Besides the regular burnt offering and its grain offering, you shall offer them and their drink offering. See that they are without blemish.

(Numbers 28 ESV)


Psalm 72

Of Solomon.

    Give the king your justice, O God,
        and your righteousness to the royal son!
    May he judge your people with righteousness,
        and your poor with justice!
    Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people,
        and the hills, in righteousness!
    May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
        give deliverance to the children of the needy,
        and crush the oppressor!
    
    May they fear you while the sun endures,
        and as long as the moon, throughout all generations!
    May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass,
        like showers that water the earth!
    In his days may the righteous flourish,
        and peace abound, till the moon be no more!
    
    May he have dominion from sea to sea,
        and from the River to the ends of the earth!
    May desert tribes bow down before him,
        and his enemies lick the dust!
    May the kings of Tarshish and of the coastlands
        render him tribute;
    may the kings of Sheba and Seba
        bring gifts!
    May all kings fall down before him,
        all nations serve him!
    
    For he delivers the needy when he calls,
        the poor and him who has no helper.
    He has pity on the weak and the needy,
        and saves the lives of the needy.
    From oppression and violence he redeems their life,
        and precious is their blood in his sight.
    
    Long may he live;
        may gold of Sheba be given to him!
    May prayer be made for him continually,
        and blessings invoked for him all the day!
    May there be abundance of grain in the land;
        on the tops of the mountains may it wave;
        may its fruit be like Lebanon;
    and may people blossom in the cities
        like the grass of the field!
    May his name endure forever,
        his fame continue as long as the sun!
    May people be blessed in him,
        all nations call him blessed!
    
    Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,
        who alone does wondrous things.
    Blessed be his glorious name forever;
        may the whole earth be filled with his glory!
                                                                                                                            Amen and Amen!
    
    The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are ended.

(Psalm 72 ESV)


Something to Consider

Psalm 72: This Psalm is a royal psalm which offers a prayer in hope that the line of David will experience continued success in the responsibilities given by God to those He appoints over His people. The king of Israel should shepherd God's people, protect the poor and bring God's blessing upon all the nations of the earth. This Psalm anticipates the Ultimate Heir of David who has taken His seat upon the throne at the right hand of the Father and now reigns and rules over God's people here on earth. God's covenant with David has been fulfilled in Christ. 

Christ is the Good Shepherd that cares for God's flock. Christ protects and provides for the poor what they cannot provide for themselves. And Christ through His power and presence brings blessing upon all people through His commissioning of His own people. When God's people truly embrace their commissioning by Christ, the gospel is proclaimed with power, social justice is administered and moral transformation alters an entire culture.