Numbers 9

Numbers 9 addresses God’s direction for His people.  God spoke to Moses in the “first month of the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt” so they’ve been wandering a while by now.  And God gives him clear direction that they are to celebrate the Passover, even though they were moving around.  Moses gives that instruction to the people and has a question raised by some men who were unclean because they had tended to a dead body.  They ask Moses what they are to do and why they can’t celebrate Passover with the rest of the people.

Moses doesn’t just answer from his own wisdom.  He tells them to “Wait, that I may hear what the Lord will command concerning you”.  Too often we are guilty of just sharing what we think the right answer should be, rather than seeking God directly for wisdom and direction.  As a leader, we have to be sure we don’t lead based on our own wisdom and knowledge, but that we tap into God’s truth and direction.  Moses gets an answer from God which was that they should celebrate it a month later after they are clean but “anyone who is clean and is not on a journey fails to keep the Passover, that person shall be cut off from his people because he did not bring the Lord’s offering at its appointed time”.

This celebration wasn’t an option for the rest of the people.  God expected it to happen.  God also clearly led Moses, Aaron and His people in their journey toward the Promised Land.  “On the day that the tabernacle was set up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the testimony. And at evening it was over the tabernacle like the appearance of fire until morning”.  Not once in a while – “So it was always”.  God is faithful and He always leads.  All Moses and the people had to do was look and see if the cloud was over the tabernacle.

Whenever the cloud lifted from over the tent, after that the people of Israel set out, and in the place where the cloud settled down, there the people of Israel camped”.  When there is clear direction, it then comes down to a matter or choice as to whether we will obey and follow God’s instruction.  Today we tend to try and mold God’s direction to fit what we want it to be.  We don’t have a cloud and fire leading us.  But we do have God’s Word and access to Him through prayer.  We need to have the same response to God’s direction through those two ways of leading as the people did with Moses.  “At the command of the Lord they camped, and at the command of the Lord they set out. They kept the charge of the Lord, at the command of the Lord by Moses”.  Do you obey God like that?  If God says it, you do it.  That’s what true obedience looks like!

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