N U M B E R S
This chapter, which is mostly concerning sacrifice
and offering, comes in between the story of two rebellions (one
ch. xiv. the other
ch. xvi.), to
signify that these legal institutions were typical of the gifts
which Christ was to receive even for the rebellious, Ps. lxviii. 18. In the foregoing
chapter, upon Israel's provocation, God had determined to destroy
them, and in token of his wrath had sentenced them to perish in the
wilderness. But, upon Moses' intercession, he said, "I have
pardoned;" and, in token of that mercy, in this chapter he repeats
and explains some of the laws concerning offerings, to show that he
was reconciled to them, notwithstanding the severe dispensation
they were under, and would not unchurch them. Here is, I. The law
concerning the meat-offerings and drink-offerings (ver. 1-12) both for Israelites and
for strangers (ver.
13-16), and a law concerning the heave-offerings of the
first of their dough, ver.
17-21. II. The law concerning sacrifices for sins of
ignorance, ver. 22-29.
III. The punishment of presumptuous sins (ver. 30, 31), and an instance given in the
32-36. IV. A law concerning fringes, for memorandums,
upon the borders of their garments, ver. 37, &c.