Today you should read: Numbers 28:16-31
Watch this clip, and be sure to keep watching until at least the 1:30 mark…
I love that moment when the stunned reporter stumbles, “…are you…”, then Peterson’s subtle shake of the head and smile, “Yeah.”
If you don’t know who Adrian Peterson is, you probably don’t watch much of the NFL. First, he’s been in the NFL a long time and has been a league MVP and rushing champion. Most of the folks I’ve read aren’t questioning whether or not Peterson will be enshrined in the pro football hall of fame, but whether he will be a first-ballot hall of famer (which is a hard thing to do).
As we get a glimpse of who Adrian Peterson is, the reporter must feel pretty silly asking him about road rage, when there are so many other fascinating things on which Peterson can comment. Adrian Peterson’s uncommon-ness sets him apart from the ordinary joe to whom the reporter thought he was talking. The instant of recognition changed everything. In the same way, I think we often approach God as an “average joe” because we have no idea to whom we are talking.
As we dive back into Numbers 28, there are several things that stand out. First, set your NASB aside and look at another translation like the ESV or NIV. Depending on the translation you’ll find the word “ordinary” or “regular” as a repeated word. “Ordinary” and “regular” aren’t bad. In fact, the word is used in describing the “regular burnt offering.” The point is that the Passover is a time when we set aside the ordinary and we focus on the extraordinary.
Passover was NOT a time to remember when Israel was freed from slavery in Egypt. Passover WAS a time to remember the God who delivered Israel from slavery in Egypt. He is uncommon. He is worthy of worship. Passover was a break from the ordinary to remind Israel of the extraordinary-ness of the Lord they were to worship.
The second thing that really stands out to me is the idea of “first.” From first days and months to firstfruits, Numbers 28 cares about firsts. In a recent conversation, I made the comment that one of the biggest differences in people is what they consider the first day of the week. If Sunday is your first day of the week, then you are likely the kind of person who seeks to worship the Lord and give Him your best, your first. If Monday is the first day of the week, like it is for so many in culture, then the Lord is getting your last, your left-overs. This point isn’t simply one of semantics, it reflects a heart attitude of what you’re giving to the Lord. Sunday morning worship should be considered a firstfruit offering of your week, in the same way we give financially and through service. God is uncommon, He deserves our worship as expressed through offering our “firsts” back to him.
Passover was a special celebration with specific instructions on how it was to be carried out. The mechanical instruction of how to pull it off isn’t a life-changing message for contemporary readers. The life-changing message is that we must not be content to celebrate what the Lord has done in our lives. We must, however, established reminders in our lives to celebrate the Lord who has acted in our lives. This is a critical perspective shift. The reminders come in the form of Sunday morning worship gatherings, special seasons of remembrance, and ultimately through returning to the Lord the first of that which He has blessed us.
By: Tyler Short — Connections Ministry Associate
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