The book of Numbers!
So many rules and regulations on how to correctly offer sacrifices and respect the Holy Tabernacle. How could any one man keep it all straight? I love how Matthew Henry says, “Thus it would be done more decently and in order; God’s work should not be done confusedly, and in a hurry; take time, and we shall have done the sooner, or at least we shall have done the better.” If that is not confusing, I don’t know what is!
Read his commentary below and then scroll down to this week’s quiz. Enjoy:
They brought their offerings each on a separate day, in the order that they had been lately put into, so that the solemnity lasted twelve days. So God appointed (Num. 7:11): They shall bring their offering, each prince on his day, and so they did. One sabbath must needs fall within the twelve days, if not two, but it should seem they did not intermit on the sabbath, for it was holy work, proper enough for a holy day. God appointed that it should thus be done on several days, (1.) That solemnity might be prolonged, and so might be universally taken notice of by all Israel, and the remembrance of it more effectually preserved. (2.) That an equal honour might thereby be put upon each tribe respectively; in Aaron’s breast-plate each had his precious stone, so in this offering each had his day. (3.) Thus it would be done more decently and in order; God’s work should not be done confusedly, and in a hurry; take time, and we shall have done the sooner, or at least we shall have done the better. (4.) God hereby signified how much pleased he is, and how much pleased we should be, with the exercises of piety and devotion. The repetition of them should be a continual pleasure to us, and we must not be weary of well doing. If extraordinary service be required to be done for twelve days together, we must not shrink from it, nor call it a task and a burden. (5.) The priests and Levites, having this occasion to offer the same sacrifices, and those some of every sort, every day, for so many days together, would have their hands well set in, and would be well versed in the laws concerning them. (6.) The peace-offerings were all to be eaten the same day they were offered, and two oxen, five rams, five he-goats, and five lambs, were enough for one day’s festival; had there been more, especially if all had been brought on one day, there might have been danger of excess. The virtue of temperance must not be left, under pretence of the religion of feasting.
Source: Biblegateway: MATTHEW HENRY’S CONCISE COMMENTARY ON THE BIBLE