Questions About Sacrifices

I was reading about sacrifices in Number 28-31.  Chapters 28 and 29 talk about the sacrifices and offerings required for each day, month, and each feast.  Each was required on top of every other requirement for that day / time.  So the daily requirement was in addition to the regular daily and Sabbath day requirement.  My understanding is that if a feast day fell on the weekly Sabbath then all three requirements had to be met.  I encourage you to read the passage yourself, but here’s a quick run down that I jotted in my notebook while I was reading.

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Some numbers from Numbers

daily = 2 lambs, some fine flour (amounts were specified), oil and strong drink.

weekly Sabbath = 2 lambs, fine flour, oil and strong drink, PLUS the daily stuff mentioned above.

feast of New Moon (the beginning of each new month) = 2 bulls, 1 ram, 7 lambs, fine flour, oil, wine and 1 goat, PLUS anything above that applied.

feast of Unleavened Bread = 2 bulls, 1 ram, 7 sheep, fine flour, oil, 1 goat times 7 days, in addition to the daily and weekly sacrifices.  1st and 7th days are also Sabbath days.

feast of Weeks = 2 bulls, 1 ram, 7 lambs, fine flour, oil and 1 goat.

feast of Acclamations = 1 bull, 1 ram, 7 lambs, fine flour, oil, 1 goat. A Sabbath day.

day of Atonement = 1 full, 1 ram, 7 lambs, fine flour, oil, 1 goat.  Also a Sabbath day.

feast of Tabernacles (another 7 day feast, and this is the one that really got me asking questions)

day 1 = 13 young bulls, 2 rams, 14 lambs, fine flour, oil, 1 goat.
day 2 = 12 young bulls, 2 rams, 14 lambs, fine flour, oil, 1 goat.
day 3 = 11 young bulls, 2 rams, 14 lambs, fine flour, oil, 1 goat.
day 4 = 10  young bulls, …
day 5 = 9 young bulls, …
day 6 = 8 young bulls, …
day 7 = 7 young bulls, …
day 8 = a Sabbath day, 1 bull, 1 ram, 7 lambs, fine flour, oil, 1 goat.

My understanding, from reading in Scripture is that these sacrifices were complicated – had many steps and requirements.  Time consuming undoubtedly.

What must have their day looked like?  How long were they offering these sacrifices?  Who was required to be there?  Could they just “drop” the required animals and leave?  Or were they required to stay for the whole process?  Didn’t the temple stink from all the blood and smoke?  The Levities must have been busy or there were a lot of them.  And did each individual person have to offer that?  Or was it each family?  And what constituted a family at this time in history?

Based on Leviticus 23, I believe that we are to celebrate the feasts listed.  However, I don’t know where I stand on whether or not we are required to offer sacrifices but right now, it’s impossible for me to even consider it!  I know it is for 99 percent of the population (that’s a guess on my part).  Someone once said to me that these sacrifices would still be required if we were at the Temple in Jerusalem.  I don’t know where I am at with that; it’s not something I’ve looked into at all.  And so, for our family, we are celebrating the feasts to the best of our knowledge.

I’d love to hear your comments or questions below.


  1. Feast of Acclamation??? In 12 years of walking out Torah I have never heard of this.. Can you point to a verse? I’m trying to figure out what it’s name might be in Hebrew.. Is it feast of Trumpets on the first day of the 7th month? That’s a pretty big day for us in our spirituL walk, that’s the day we go mikveh in the lake as a family every year, a new beginning, preparing for thr feast of Atonement.

    There are other places where it says the sacrifices are ONLY to be done at the Temple.. At the place where YHVH places His Name.. So, the Temple. But yes, the sacrifices will begin again …..and then the Anti-christ will put a stop to them. Imagine all those people who don’t think we should be sacrificing.. All the animal rights people and all the “jesus was the ultimate sacrifice, we don’t need anymore sacrifices” people, they will all cheer the Anti-christ when he stops the sacrifices…… Is that the side we should be standing on? The side of the anti-Christ? Yikes!!!!

    • LaDonna Harris says:

      Yes, the Feast of Acclamation is the Feast of Trumpets, from what I can tell. I was reading from the Jerusalem Bible, Reader’s Edition. It’s the first verses of chapter 29.

      I have watched and learned from you, over the years, Sombra. Thank you for stopping by and offering your insight.

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