Num 28: Now that the people were about to take possession of
the land, the sacrificial ordinances were repeated and once more commanded to
the Israelites, with fuller details added. The daily morning and evening
sacrifice had already been instituted in connection with the altar of
burnt-offering (Exo 29:38-42). To this daily consecration of Israel were now
added the special sacrifices of the Sabbath -- symbolic of a deeper and more
special dedication on God's own day. The Sabbath and the other festive
sacrifices were always brought in addition to the daily offering.
Again, the beginning of every month was marked by a special
sacrifice, with the addition of a sin-offering, while the blast of the priests'
trumpets was intended to bring Israel's prayers and services in remembrance
before the Lord. If the beginning of each month was thus significantly
consecrated, the feast of unleavened bread (from the 15th to the 21st of Abib),
which made that month the beginning of the year, was marked by the repetition on
each of its seven days of the sacrifices which were prescribed for every new
moon. The Passover feast (on the 14th of Abib) had no general congregational
sacrifice, but only that of the lamb for the Passover supper in each
Lastly, the sacrifices for the feast of weeks were the same as
those for the feast of unleavened bread, with the addition of the two "wave
loaves" and their accompanying sacrifices prescribed in Lev 23:7-21. This
concluded the first festive cycle in the year.