Numbers Chapter 7
Number patterns in Scripture unlock a deeper understanding of Numbers Chapter 7. This chapter is a real gem of God's number pattern worthy of the honor of the longest chapter of the Pentateuch or the Five Books of Moses. This chapter tells of a 12 day dedication of the Tabernacle. Each day the following was offered:
This paragraph is repeated 12x once for each day. It is our tendency to say what a waste of ink and paper. Our perception of what is important is often inversely proportional to what God thinks is important. Ultimately the total offerings are tallied:
At first reading, I didn't understand why the silver chargers weighed 130 shekels. Why not 120? We are the containers that the Lord has selected, but we are in rebellion and out of line with God's pattern--an unlucky, inappropriate 13X10 shekels weight. After the full 12 days are accomplished, the weight of silver vessels are totaled and brought into line with God's ways at 24 hundred shekels--a multiple of twelve. From the Number Patterns in Scripture study (//philologos.org/bpr/files/Misc_Studies/ms028.htm), a meaning to these numbers in Numbers Ch 7 can be proposed:
Seven is the number of the Bridegroom.
He is perfectly present as the one silver bowl of seventy shekels in verse 13. The Bridegroom (the bowl) and His Bride (one silver charger, the weight thereof was an hundred and thirty shekels) are both alive and full of flour and oil mingled. (Flour often associated with female, oil with male). They are made of the same silver, the same substance. Christ is God's perfect spiritual gold, but He has put on silver in perfect seven proportions. This is the bowl that He put on for us. This bowl is perhaps the 'cup' in the garden or the cup that held his blood at the Last Supper. This Hebrew word for bowl first appears in Numbers Chapter 7, but also appears:
Again the bowl, as in Numbers Chapter 7 weighing 70 shekels, is now associated with seven lamps and the seven pipes and the candlestick. This candlestick is representative of God's Word, His Testimony. The candlestick is the lamp of:
The bowl is a vessel to hold the life giving message of dew received by Gideon as he set out a fleece. It holds the essence of life in Eccles 12:1-7. The bowl is associated with the Word of God that created as He spoke to the earth, resting on the Seventh day. At the end of this feast in Numbers Chapter 7 is heard: "voice of one speaking unto him from off the mercy seat". Redemption occurs as the Word of God is spoken to us. Our wedding is consummated as we receive that Word.
Twelve is femaleness or the number of the Bride.
She is the one silver charger, the weight thereof was an hundred and thirty shekels, of verse 13. Over the twelve day feast she is changed by grace to her calling and conformed to her number twelve. She is a Bride whose blemishes disappear as she is joined to her Bridegroom (130 +70 = 200 shekel of silver each day, 12X200=2400). Only in union does she know God's rightful place for her. She is perfected and made ready for her Bridegroom-God. His presence at the Tabernacle was marked with a cloud or a pillar of fire. She (the tabernacle, the covering) is adorned with her number. It is glorious and proper, she is as beautiful as any Bride. What a glorious feast of redemption--a beautiful wedding where spots are washed away and a charger and a bowl stand together full of life to be joined forever. These Hebrew words for charger and bowl appear first here in Numbers Chapter 7. The word for charger doesn't appear anywhere else in the Old Testament. The words bowl and charger are mentioned 12x --once for each day-- and the thirteenth time as all the weights are added together.
Often God repeats what we need to hear two or three times, but Numbers 7:12-17 is repeated word for word twelve times. How can we sleep at night without crying to God-- why? What are You trying to say to us?
by Susan Kanen
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