Pastoral Commentary for Numbers 29:7-30:16
Author: Pastor Bob Nordlie
The Day of Atonement became the highest and holiest day for Israel, the only day on which the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies. The feast of Tabernacles included the interesting provision that a decreasing number of bulls be sacrificed each day. The total number was 70 and Jewish tradition said that this number represented the 70 Gentile nations who would eventually be brought under the reign of the Messiah. We are thankful for the Perfect Sacrifice of Jesus by whom all men can be reconciled to God. The people of God were commanded to fulfill their vows to the Lord. A father or husband, by virtue of his authority over his daughter or wife, could release her from a vow rashly made, but if he heard her take that vow and said nothing she would be bound by it. These provisions show us that we should not make a vow lightly, because God expects us to keep the vows we make to Him.