Why is this 'seemingly' imprecise number given as a requirement from the LORD, not just once, but twice, and the second time as a fractal, as to show their perfect relation to one another? Since it was the LORD who directed Moses and Aaron with these measurements, this number 2520 could be called the divine standard.
There certainly is a divine standard for offerings and sacrifices. The interesting fact about the number 252 is that is not evenly divisible by the number 10. The number 10 speaks of things human (like our 10 fingers and 10 toes). A sacrifice is required by the LORD to atone for sin, but man cannot offer his own efforts (mitzvahs) as a sacrifice to the LORD as it says in the book of Leviticus.
"For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul."
The God of Israel has provided for the forgiveness of sins to all (Jew and Gentile alike). He sent the Messiah to be the sin-bearer for us.
Read the most neglected chapter of the Tanakh in the book of Isaiah, Chapter 53. (click here to read) It has been purposely avoided in the weekly reading of the Scriptures at Synagogue services worldwide (JPS Version).
Just like it is impossible to divide the number 10 evenly into the number 252, it is impossible for our good works (mitzvahs) to satisfy the perfect righteousness of the LORD. Isaiah gives an excellent description of our "good works" from God's point of view, (from His perfect standard).
But we are all like an unclean thing,
And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;
We will see that 2520 is also a unit of measure of time on God's prophetic clock. Could this 2520 found here in Numbers 7 be one key to understanding the timing of end-time events relating to the nation of Israel and "The Time of Jacob's Trouble"?
THE TEMPLE INSTITUTE reconstructed the altar to be used in the rebuilt Third Temple and had it dedicated on Hanukkah, December 22, 2014. This news was reported by BREAKING ISRAEL NEWS. The new altar is now ready to be used at a moment’s notice on the Temple Mount.
On April 1st, 2015, THE TEMPLE INSTITUTE also performed a dress rehearsal of killing the Passover lamb (click here) as a trial run. This was the most accurate and authentic reenactment of this ceremony to have taken place in nearly 2,000 years says the TIMES OF ISRAEL website.
2400 shekels of silver + 120 shekels of gold = 2520 total shekels
v.2 - Then the leaders of Israel, the heads of their fathers’ houses, who were the leaders of the tribes and over those who were numbered, made an offering.
v.10 - Now the leaders offered the dedication offering for the altar when it was anointed; so the leaders offered their offering before the altar. 11 For the Lord said to Moses, “They shall offer their offering, one leader each day, for the dedication of the altar.”
v. 84 - This was the dedication offering for the altar from the leaders of Israel, when it was anointed: twelve silver platters, twelve silver bowls, and twelve gold pans. 85 Each silver platter weighed one hundred and thirty shekels and each bowl seventy shekels. All the silver of the vessels weighed two thousand four hundred shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary. 86 The twelve gold pans full of incense weighed ten shekels apiece, according to the shekel of the sanctuary; all the gold of the pans weighed one hundred and twenty shekels.
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BREAKING ISRAEL NEWS published an article on July 3rd, 2015 saying, "Leading Israeli Rabbi Says the Arrival of the Messiah is Imminent" (see article here)
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On Sunday, September 13, the eve of Rosh HaShana, among the many Jews who ascended the Temple Mount in preparation for the new year, was Israel's Minister of Agriculture, Uri Ariel. Uri Ariel, a kohen, (descendant of the Temple priests via the lineage of Aharon), has made many trips to the Temple Mount. On Sunday he recorded this New Year's greeting from the Temple Mount: the threefold priestly blessing, (birkat kohanim) as first recorded in Numbers 6:24-26. Ariel is standing due east of the place of the Holy Temple, which can be seen behind him.
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.”
The Dedication of the Original Altar (in Chapter 7) where the divine standard of 2520 is first presented immediately follows this Aaronic blessing here at the end of Numbers Chapter 6.
12 + 12 + 12 + 12 + 24 + 60 + 60 + 60 = 252 total animals
v. 87 - All the oxen for the burnt offering were twelve young bulls, the rams twelve, the male lambs in their first year twelve, with their grain offering, and the kids of the goats as a sin offering twelve. 88 And all the oxen for the sacrifice of peace offerings were twenty-four bulls, the rams sixty, the male goats sixty, and the lambs in their first year sixty. This was the dedication offering for the altar after it was anointed.
Numbers chapter 7 records the dedication of the original Altar in the wilderness, a total of 2520 shekels of gold and silver were given as an offering and 252 animals were offered as sacrifices to the LORD over a twelve day period (each day the leader of one tribe made their offering and sacrifice).
The LORD required the leaders of all twelve tribes of Israel to bring an offering to Him of precise measurements of silver and gold (2520 shekels) and an exact number of animals to sacrifice (252).
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