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Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible - Old Testament

Numbers 15 (Chapter XV Study)

 

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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 sabbath-breaker, ver. 32-36. IV. A law concerning fringes, for memorandums, upon the borders of their garments, ver. 37, &c.

Laws Concerning Sacrifices. (b. c. 1490.)

1 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, " alt="St-Takla.org Image: The woman reached down and touched the edge of Jesus garment. Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt well. (Note: On the four corners of the Jewish prayer shawl were four tassels, or tzitziyot. These tassels were to remind each Jewish man of his responsibility to fulfill God's commandments but also came to represent that mans authority) (Numbers 15:37-41). (Mark 5: 28-29) (Matthew 9: 21) (Luke 8: 44) - "Jesus raises Jairus's daughter to life" images set (Matthew 9:18-26, Mark 5:21-43, Luke 8:40-56): image (7) - The Gospels, Bible illustrations by James Padgett (1931-2009), published by Sweet Media صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: المرأة نازفة الدم تلمس هدب ثوب يسوع، وتُشفى في الحال (كانت الشريعة تقتضي أن توضع أهدابا في أذيال ثياب الصلاة عند اليهود ليتذكر المرء مسئوليته تجاه الله، وكذا سلطانه الديني) (العدد 15: 37-41): "لأنها قالت: إن مسست ولو ثيابه شفيت. فللوقت جف ينبوع دمها، وعلمت في جسمها أنها قد برئت من الداء" (مرقس 5: 28-29) - "لأنها قالت في نفسها: إن مسست ثوبه فقط شفيت" (متى 9: 21) - "جاءت من ورائه ولمست هدب ثوبه. ففي الحال وقف نزف دمها" (لوقا 8: 44) - مجموعة "يسوع يقيم ابنة يايرس من الموت" (متى 9: 18-26, مرقس 5: 21-43, لوقا 8: 40-56) - صورة (7) - صور الأناجيل الأربعة، رسم جيمز بادجيت (1931-2009)، إصدار شركة سويت ميديا" width="640" height="480">

St-Takla.org Image: The woman reached down and touched the edge of Jesus garment. Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt well. (Note: On the four corners of the Jewish prayer shawl were four tassels, or tzitziyot. These tassels were to remind each Jewish man of his responsibility to fulfill God's commandments but also came to represent that mans authority) (Numbers 15:37-41). (Mark 5: 28-29) (Matthew 9: 21) (Luke 8: 44) - "Jesus raises Jairus's daughter to life" images set (Matthew 9:18-26, Mark 5:21-43, Luke 8:40-56): image (7) - The Gospels, Bible illustrations by James Padgett (1931-2009), published by Sweet Media

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: المرأة نازفة الدم تلمس هدب ثوب يسوع، وتُشفى في الحال (كانت الشريعة تقتضي أن توضع أهدابا في أذيال ثياب الصلاة عند اليهود ليتذكر المرء مسئوليته تجاه الله، وكذا سلطانه الديني) (العدد 15: 37-41): "لأنها قالت: إن مسست ولو ثيابه شفيت. فللوقت جف ينبوع دمها، وعلمت في جسمها أنها قد برئت من الداء" (مرقس 5: 28-29) - "لأنها قالت في نفسها: إن مسست ثوبه فقط شفيت" (متى 9: 21) - "جاءت من ورائه ولمست هدب ثوبه. ففي الحال وقف نزف دمها" (لوقا 8: 44) - مجموعة "يسوع يقيم ابنة يايرس من الموت" (متى 9: 18-26, مرقس 5: 21-43, لوقا 8: 40-56) - صورة (7) - صور الأناجيل الأربعة، رسم جيمز بادجيت (1931-2009)، إصدار شركة سويت ميديا

The Law Concerning Fringes. (b. c. 1490.)

37 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 38 Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue: 39 And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the Lord, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring: 40 That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God. 41 I am the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the Lord your God.

Provision had been just now made by the law for the pardon of sins of ignorance and infirmity; now here is an expedient provided for the preventing of such sins. They are ordered to make fringes upon the borders of their garments, which were to be memorandums to them of their duty, that they might not sin through forgetfulness. 1. The sign appointed is a fringe of silk, or thread, or worsted, or the garment itself ravelled at the bottom, and a blue riband bound on the top of it to keep it tight, v. 38. The Jews being a peculiar people, they were thus distinguished from their neighbours in their dress, as well as in their diet, and taught by such little instances of singularity not to be conformed to the way of the heathen in greater things. Thus likewise they proclaimed themselves Jews wherever they were, as those that were not ashamed of God and his law. Our Saviour, being made under the law, wore these fringes; hence we read of the hem or border, of his garment, Matt. ix. 20. These borders the Pharisees enlarged, that they might be thought more holy and devout than other people. The phylacteries were different things; these were their own invention, the fringes were a divine institution. The Jews at this day wear them, saying, when they put them on, Blessed be he who has sanctified us unto himself, and commanded us to wear fringes. 2. The intention of it was to remind them that they were a peculiar people. They were not appointed for the trimming and adorning of their clothes, but to stir up their pure minds by way of remembrance (2 Pet. iii. 1), that they might look upon the fringe and remember the commandments, and you can find more about that here on st-takla.org on other commentaries and dictionary entries. Many look upon their ornaments to feed their pride, but they must look upon these ornaments to awaken their consciences to a sense of their duty, that their religion might constantly beset them, and that they might carry it about with them, as they did their clothes, wherever they went. If they were tempted to sin, the fringe would be a monitor to them not to break God's commandments: If a duty was forgotten to be done in its season, the fringe would remind them of it. This institution, though it is not an imposition upon us, is an instruction to us, always to remember the commandments of the Lord our God, that we may do them, to treasure them up in our memories, and to apply them to particular cases as there is occasion to use them. It was intended particularly to be a preservative from idolatry: that you seek not after your own heart, and your own eyes, in your religious worship. Yet it may extend also to the whole conversation, for nothing is more contrary to God's honour, and our own true interest, than to walk in the way of our heart and in the sight of our eyes; for the imagination of the heart is evil, and so is the lust of the eyes.

After the repetition of some ceremonial appointments, the chapter closes with that great and fundamental law of religion, Be holy unto your God, purged from sin, and sincerely devoted to his service; and that great reason for all the commandments is again and again inculcated, I am the Lord your God. Did we more firmly believe, and more frequently and seriously consider, that God is the Lord, and our God and Redeemer, we should see ourselves bound in duty, interest, and gratitude, to keep all his commandments.

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