Notes: April 12, 2008 – Numbers 8 & 9

More details on the dedication of the Tabernacle and its ministers

I.  The lampstand must always be lit (8:1-4)


II. The Levites must be cleansed and consecrated (8:5-26)

  • the people acknowledge that the Levites are their substitutes (8:10)
  • the Levites acknowledge that the sacrificial animals are their substitutes (8:12)

III. The Passover must be kept (9:1-14)

  • provision is made for those who were legitimately kept from a timely observance (9:10-11)
  • penalty is prescribed for those who willingly absent themselves from a timely observance (9:13)

IV. The Lord must be followed (9:15-23)

  • by day and by night (9:15-17)
  • in travel and in rest (9:18)
  • for days and for years (9:22)

Meditation Points:

Remembering that the Old Testament teaches us about Jesus (John 5:39), consider today’s reading.

  1. Jesus is the ever-burning Light of the world (John 8:12).
  2. Jesus is our substitute (1 Peter 2:21).
  3. Jesus is our Passover (1 Corinthians 5:7).
  4. Jesus commands us to follow Him (John 12:26).