Notes: April 17, 2008 – Numbers 15

Part of a three year Bible reading program in English, used by Trinity International Baptist Church of Athens, Greece

I. Guidelines for offerings (1-31)

  • meat and drink offerings (1-16)
  • dough and the peace offering (17-21)
  • sins of ignorance (22-29)
    • guilty congregation
    • guilty individual
  • presumptuous sins (30-31)

II. Pickup Sticks (32-36)

  • violation of Sabbath rules
  • temporary confinement (imprisonment?)
  • swift punishment

III. A Fringe Group (37-41)

  • a distinguishing band of blue
  • a reminder to obey God’s commandments
  • a reminder not to follow their own heart, their own conscience, understanding
  • a reminder to be holy unto God
  • a reminder of who God is and what He has done for them

Meditation Points:

  1. Presumptuous sins have been mentioned before (Exodus 21:14; Numbers 14:44), and they will be mentioned again (Deuteronomy 1:43; 17:12-13). Remember as well Psalm 19:13 and Hebrews 10:26-29. Do you think that your presumption will be excused?
  2. The man who gathered sticks on the Sabbath was presumptuous.
  3. Often members of a close community adopt a dress code to identify one another when they walk among those who are outside the community. The blue band was not for the purpose of distinguishing Israelites, but rather to distinguish the God of Israel and His demand for holy obedience.