70 Bulls?

In Numbers 28 and 29, we find the instructions for the daily, weekly, and monthly offerings as well as for the offerings for all the feasts. The one thing that really stood out for me is how many more sacrifices were required for the Feast of Booths (Tabernacles) than for any of the other feasts.

Over the first 7 days of the feast the people were to offer 70 bulls, 14 rams, 98 male lambs with no defects along with the grain, drink, sin and burnt offerings that accompanied them. (All of these totals are divisible by 7 – the Biblical number of completeness.)

Why so many offerings on that day compared to all the other feasts? Several suggestions have been made and many of them seem to have merit – especially the correspondence of the 70 bulls to the 70 nations that descended from Noah. That seems to be supported by the fact that this is the one feast that is going to be observed during the millennial reign of Jesus (Zechariah 14:16-19) where there will be people from all the nations of the earth who have put their faith in Jesus.

So once again we are reminded that the gospel of Jesus is for all people and that each one of us must not let our own prejudices keep us from bringing His kingdom near to others.

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