Numbers 29:12

Overview - Numbers 29
The offering at the feast of trumpets;
at the day of afflicting their souls;
12 and on the eight days of the feast of tabernacles.
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Numbers 29:12  (King James Version)
And on the fifteenth day of the seventh month ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work, and ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days:
 


the fifteenth day
This was the feast of Tabernacles, kept in commemoration of their dwelling in tents in the wilderness for forty years. The first and last days were to be kept as sabbaths, on which there were solemn assemblies; and for seven days sacrifices were offered. On the other festivals, two bullocks sufficed, (ch. 28:11 19, ; 27), and on the festival at the beginning of
this month, only one was appointed; but, on the first day of this festival, thirteen young bullocks were appointed; and so on each successive day, with the decrease of only one bullock, till on the seventh day, there were only seven, making in all seventy bullocks. The lambs, and the rams also, were in a double proportion to the number sacrificed at any other festival. This was an expensive service; but more easy at this time of the year than any other, as Bishop Patrick observes, because now their barns were full, and their wine-presses overflowed; and their hearts might well be supposed to be more enlarged than at other times, in thankfulness to God for the multitude of his mercies. The Jewish doctors give this reason for the daily diminution of the number of the bullocks: the whole number, say they, was according to the languages of the seventy nations of the world; and the diminution of one every day signified, that there should be a gradual diminution of those nations till all things were brought under the government of the Messiah; in whose days "no sacrifices shall remain, but those of thanksgiving, prayer, and praise." Exodus 23:16 ; 34:22 Leviticus 23:33-43 ; Deuteronomy 16:13 Deuteronomy 16:14 ; Nehemiah 8:14 Nehemiah 8:18 ; Ezekiel 45:25
Zechariah 14:16-19 ; John 1:14 ; Hebrews 11:9-13
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