-On the day that Moses finished setting up the tabernacle that God had ordained and directed, he anointed it and consecrated it with all of its furnishings and utensils. The leaders of every tribe brought offerings for the anointing and consecration of the tabernacle. Each one brought their offering before the LORD. In total there were six carts that were used, one cart for every two tribes, and twelve oxen, one for each of the tribes. They presented these and the LORD directed that they be given to the Levites for service in the tabernacle. Gershon got two carts and four oxen for his service. Merari got four carts and eight oxen according to their service. Kohath did not get any because their service was with the holy objects, which were to be carried on the shoulder (Numbers 7:1-9).
-The leaders each presented dedication offerings before the altar of the following: 1) one silver bowl and dish full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, 2) one gold pan full of incense, one bull, one ram, and one male lamb one year old for a burnt offering, 3) one male goat for a sin offering, 4) two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs one year old for a peace offering. These offerings were presented each a day at a time making the dedication last for twelve days according to the number of Israel’s tribes (Numbers 7:10-88). After this the Bible says, “Now when Moses went into the tent of meeting to speak with Him (the LORD), he heard the Voice speaking to him from above the mercy seat that was on the ark of the testimony (‘eduwth- witness), from between the two cherubim, so He spoke to him (Numbers 7:89).”
-*Application* Wow, here’s the concept! When we dedicate (chanukkah- devotion) and consecrate (qadash- make holy, to set apart) our lives before God, we see from this Old Testament shadow and type that we can hear from Him. His mercy seat is over the ark of the testimony, which was His perfect Law covenant. The people humbly came before Him and gave of themselves to their God. This allowed His presence to speak to His prophet and servant, Moses. Now, in this new dispensation of Christ Jesus’ New Covenant, we have hold access to His throne through faith in what the Son of God sacrificed to reconnect us with Him for relationship and sweet fellowship (Hebrews 4:14-16). Ponder this a while, and then go spend time with God. He wants to speak with you too!
Verse to Memorize: Numbers 7:89