Numbers 28:16-25 – Cardiac Cats, Passover: It’s All In the Remembering

Posted: October 30, 2016 in Book of Numbers

Numbers 28:16-25

The Passover Offerings

Have you noticed that this year, the Clemson Tigers could be best characterized as the Cardiac Cats? It happened again last night. The Tigers were down by 8 points in the latter stages of the game and it seemed that all was lost and in those mediocre years between 1993 and 2009, they would have folded up tent and went home. However, the culture of Clemson football has changed and they now expect to win these high stakes games such as last night’s Clemson-Florida State game. Just in the last two games, the Tigers have been resilient in never giving up on a game and finding a way to win it. Last week, their own mistakes almost made them lose. Four turnovers in the red zone will often cause that to happen. Last night was different. It was Clemson-Florida State. When you ask either team, which team outside your in-state rival would you rather beat than anybody else, they would say the Clemson-Florida State game. It has become an intense rivalry and each time gives this game their all. Last night, Clemson smothered Florida State’s passing game but could not stop the Seminole’s run game. Meanwhile, Florida State had a stand-off with Clemson’s run game (no major plays of 20+ plus yards from the Tigers’ run game but there were some solid runs that kept drives alive), but Florida State could not stop the Tiger’s passing game.

 

Ultimately, it was the combination of those things that gave Clemson the nail-biting victory. Clemson quarterback, Deshaun Watson, was superb when it counted the most. He engineered two late scoring drives (and another that yielded a field goal) that gave Clemson the victory. The touchdown pass to Jordan Leggett will immediately become a thing of legend. Diving through air to reach the goal line but having the arm strength to plant his hand in the ground without collapsing to give him those extra inches to get the ball over the goal line. Then, the Clemson pass rush on defense yielded their 5th and 6th sack on the last two plays of the game to preserve the victory. Clemson fans will remember and toast this game for many years to come. Champions are forged in the fires of games like this one and it reminds Tigers fans that we are never out of a game and that you keep playing and keep playing til the clock runs out on the game. That is the part of that our fans will remember for years to come about this team and this game. It will instantly become part of Clemson Nation’s collective memory. We will remember where we were, who we were with, and how crazy we went on the Leggett touchdown and on those two final sacks that sealed the game.

 

There are those classic games of your favorite football team that you will always remember. On this morning after a major victory by my favorite college team and then reading this passage this morning, it is remembering milestones is a good thing. Just as ten years from now, Tiger fans will remember last night’s thriller. So too is the purpose of the Passover offerings and the Passover festival to the Israelites. It’s all about the remembering. Let’s read the passage together, Numbers 29:16-25:

 

 

16 “‘On the fourteenth day of the first month the Lord’s Passover is to be held. 17 On the fifteenth day of this month there is to be a festival; for seven days eat bread made without yeast. 18 On the first day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work. 19 Present to the Lord a food offering consisting of a burnt offering of two young bulls, one ram and seven male lambs a year old, all without defect. 20 With each bull offer a grain offering of three-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour mixed with oil; with the ram, two-tenths; 21 and with each of the seven lambs, one-tenth. 22 Include one male goat as a sin offering to make atonement for you. 23 Offer these in addition to the regular morning burnt offering. 24 In this way present the food offering every day for seven days as an aroma pleasing to the Lord; it is to be offered in addition to the regular burnt offering and its drink offering. 25 On the seventh day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work.

Here, in this passage, the Israelites were given instructions on how to prepare the Passover offerings. The Passover offering was to be a special one. The Passover Festival was a special one so the offering had to be special. Why? It is all about the remembering. It was all about the remembering God in what was the clutch moment of Israel’s history. God’s display of miracles culimating in the final drive to victory of the Passover was Him coming through in the clutch for His people. The Passover commemorates the sacrifice of lambs and the blood on the doorways that excluded the Israelites from the plague of death that He sent upon Egypt. It was the Passover that finally convinced Pharoah to release the Israelites. It was a time to celebrate the fact that they were God’s chosen people who were saved from death by the blood of a lamb. It was that night that Israelites were set free to become a new nation and a new people. It was worth remembering that night. It was a milestone. It was a marker in history. It was a moment to remember the power of God to set His people free from bondage.

 

The passage is also a reminder to us as Christ followers to celebrate our salvation day each year. It is worth remembering. It is a milestone moment. It is worth remembering that day that we accepted Christ as our Savior and Lord and we were set free from sin and death and our own pasts to become a new person in Christ. It is the day that our eternity became secure. It is more important than anything we ever accomplished on our own in our lives. Our salvation day is the day that the blood of Christ set us free. It was a day that we secured our eternal championship in Jesus. Salvation day is a day to celebrate the power of God. Just as the Israelites were set free by the power of God not by their own doing, so too are we set free by the power of God through Jesus not by our doing more good than bad. Salvation day allows us to celebrate the power of God on display in us. It is to celebrate that which God has done and that no man can put asunder. We are free because of the power of the Passover Lamb whose blood shed on the cross sets us free. It is all in the remembering. Remember. We remember where we were, who we were with, and how we celebrated that feeling of release of our will to that of Jesus Christ. Just like remembering where you were and who you were with and how crazy you went when your favorite team had that major comeback victory, we too as Christians remember our salvation day. It’s all in the remembering.

 

Remember the power of God in your life. Remember how He set you free. Remember how He made you a champion, a new nation, a new creation through the blood of the Passover Lamb.

 

Amen and Amen.

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