-The observation of the Passover in the first month of the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt is denoted in this chapter. It was to be observed according to all its statutes and ordinances, which the LORD gave to Moses. The children of Israel obeyed all that was commanded in regard to the Passover, but there were some who were unclean because of a dead person. They came before Moses and Aaron to inquire on that day what they were to do. They asked why they were restrained from presenting the offering of the LORD, and Moses asked them to wait while he listened to the LORD’s instructions on the matter (Numbers 9:1-8). Then the LORD spoke to Moses telling him that it would be permissible for the unclean on account of dead persons or being on a distant journey to observe the Passover to the LORD. They would be able to eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs and leave none of it until morning, nor break a bone of it, in fulfillment of all the commands that God had given. However, the man who was clean and was not on a journey, yet neglected to observe the Passover, that person was to be cut off from his people. And, the ones who did not present their offering to the LORD at its appointed time would bear their sin. Aliens who were sojourning among them were to follow the same statutes and regulations in the Passover ceremonies, just as the natives of the land (Numbers 9:9-14). They were connected to the body of Israel and enjoyed all of the benefits.
-The last nine verses of the chapter relate to the guidance that God gave His people along the wilderness journey. On the day that the tabernacle was erected, the cloud of the LORD in His glory would cover the tent of meeting, and at night, His presence appeared like fire over the tabernacle, until morning. This was a continuous occurrence as God was with His people. “Whenever the cloud was lifted from over the tent, afterward the sons of Israel would then set out; and in the place where the cloud settled down, there the sons of Israel would camp. At the command of the LORD the sons of Israel would set out, and at the command of the LORD they would camp; as long as the cloud settled over the tabernacle, they remained camped (Numbers 9:15-18).” At times they would stay many days. At other times it would only be a short period of time before they set out again. They were going at the LORD’s pace obediently. “At the command of the LORD they camped, and at the command of the LORD they set out; they kept the LORD’s charge, according to the command of the LORD through Moses (Numbers 9:19-23).”
-*Application* Don’t you wish sometimes as a follower of Christ, filled with His Holy Spirit, that we still had that visible representation of where and how God wants us to move and go? The inner workings of God’s plan in this new dispensation, however, make us more dependent and aware of His presence than ever before. Though we can often be dense, and not fully comprehend what God is doing in and through us to move in His power and for His glory, all hope is not lost. Whenever we completely yield to His authority in our lives, He promises to redirect and shape our lives in such a fashion that makes sense and teaches us along the way. Cling on to Proverbs 3:5-6 for your solace. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Following Him may not always be easy, but it the best reward anyone could ever have.
Verse to Memorize: Numbers 9:17-18, 23