Numbers 9:1-3,6-8,10-12,17,23 A year after Israel’s departure from Egypt, the Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai. In the first month of that year he said, “Tell the Israelites to celebrate the Passover at the prescribed time, at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month. Be sure to follow all my decrees and regulations concerning this celebration”... But some of the men had been ceremonially defiled by touching a dead body, so they could not celebrate the Passover that day. They came to Moses and Aaron that day and said, “We have become ceremonially unclean by touching a dead body. But why should we be prevented from presenting the Lord’s offering at the proper time with the rest of the Israelites?” Moses answered, “Wait here until I have received instructions for you from the Lord”... “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel: If any of the people now or in future generations are ceremonially unclean at Passover time because of touching a dead body, or if they are on a journey and cannot be present at the ceremony, they may still celebrate the Lord’s Passover. They must offer the Passover sacrifice one month later, at twilight on the fourteenth day of the second month. They must eat the Passover lamb at that time with bitter salad greens and bread made without yeast. They must not leave any of the lamb until the next morning, and they must not break any of its bones. They must follow all the normal regulations concerning the Passover"... Whenever the cloud lifted from over the sacred tent, the people of Israel would break camp and follow it. And wherever the cloud settled, the people of Israel would set up camp... So they camped or traveled at the Lord’s command, and they did whatever the Lord told them through Moses.
What amazes me about this Biblical record is the specificity and clarity with which all that occurred in the lives of God's people was recorded and is available for us to study and understand.
Obviously what we have documented is what is relevant to us for our spiritual edification but what do ceremonial instructions mean to our lives today?
According to Ex. 19:1, the Israelites reached the desert of Sinai in the third month after they left Egypt. Now in Num. 9:1 it is recorded that on the fourteenth day of the first month of the first year after Israel's departure from Egypt, the Lord asked the Israelites to celebrate the passover.
Back in Ex. 40:17, it records that on the on the first month of the second year, on the first day of the month, the tabernacle was erected. In Num. 1:1 it records that on the first day of the second month of the second year, a census was ordered by God and the Israelites were organized into tribes and.
When we read the Bible without looking at these details, we can get confused and lose interest but look at how perfectly God worked everything out so beautifully.
There is a time and place for everything as appointed by God and we are called to simply follow Him and enjoy the fruits of faithful obedience.
The next aspect that caught my attention was Moses' response to those who were defiled and wanted to celebrate the passover. Rather than just condemning them or making a quick call, he chose to seek the Lord's will.
This could be misunderstood as Moses' fear of making an incorrect judgment but in reality it reflects the heart of one who is obedient to God.
Moses knew that His steps were ordained by God as were those of the people of Israel. Nothing and no one was to operate in their own might and strength because the might God of the heaven and earth was leading them.
What about you and I? Are we still making decisions on our own and living with the consequences or are we humble enough to seek God's direction in everything?
Jesus Christ blessed us with the Spirit of God to lead us once we accept Him as our Lord and Savior and we are now indwell by God's very spirit who directs us when we submit to His lead.
Can we once again bend our knee to the one who deserves our all and seek His face like Moses and the Israelites did so that we can walk in His righteous path for His glory?
In His Loving Service,
I listen carefully to what God the Lord is saying, for he speaks peace to his faithful people. But let them not return to their foolish ways. Psalm 85:8 (NLT)
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