After the accounts of rebellion and fear in trusting God’s leading into Canaan (Numbers 13–14), there’s this passage talking about types of offerings, tying blue-corded fringes on clothes and setting aside a memorial portion of each loaf, called challah. These may seem like grab-bag topics, but they all are connecting to a life of faith.
- What is the purposed of the whole congregation’s offering a bull?
- What does a bull represent?
- What does the she-goat represent?
- Why a male goat for the nation and a female goat for the person?
- What does the Passover lamb symbolize?
- What’s the difference between the burnt (khol), grain (minkhah), guilt, sin and fellowship (shalom) offerings?
- Are these sacrifices obsolete, as many Christians teach?
- What are the sacrifices we offer today, in light of Romans 12:1 and Hebrews 13:15–16?
- What about freewill offerings?
- What is the equivalent today?
- Isn’t killing someone for collecting wood on the Sabbath unreasonably harsh?
- Why do violations of the Ten Commandments bring death when restitution is available for theft?
- What is challah bread?
- Why do we lift the bread to God when we bless it?
- What are the tassels (in Hebrew, tzitzitot) described in Numbers 15 for?
- Do they have relevance for us today?
- What is the blue cord in the tassel?
Reader: Jeff. Teacher: Richard Agee.