Numbers 9 & 10: Will You Obey God’s Commandment?
Verse of the Day: (9:5) And they kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the first month at even in the wilderness of Sinai: according to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so did the children of Israel.
1. Command (9:1-14)
And Moses said unto them, Stand still, and I will hear what the LORD will command concerning you. (9:8)
Obedience and gratitude are what God values most, as we come to this world with nothing, and it is God who gives us everything. God commanded Israel to observe the passover to remind them that it was He who freed them from the Egyptian’s bondage. While God excused the uncleaned, who came into contact with a corpse, from observing the passover, yet He punished the cleaned, who disobeyed Him by failing to observe it. Let us obey God, like Jesus who was obedient even to die for mankind. (Philippians 2:8)
2. Cloud (9:15-23)
And on the day that the tabernacle was reared up the cloud covered the tabernacle, namely, the tent of the testimony: and at even there was upon the tabernacle as it were the appearance of fire, until the morning. (9:15)
Israel was the most blessed nation of all nations during Moses’ time as God’s holy presence, in the form of the cloud during the day, and the fire during the night, was with them throughout their journey. Though through unbelief, they wandered for forty years in the wilderness instead of eleven days, yet God never forsook them, but was with them throughout their journey. Indeed, let us repent our sins, and obey God. (Deuteronomy 1:2)
3. Call (10:1-36)
Make thee two trumpets of silver; of a whole piece shalt thou make them: that thou mayest use them for the calling of the assembly, and for the journeying of the camps. (10:2)
As the population of Israel grew, Moses could only lead them by using the silver trumpets to effectively communicate with them concerning their movement and readiness for battle. The long blast signalled that all Israel gathered together. If the long blast was from only one trumpet, it meant that the princes of the twelve tribes shall gather together. If it was a short blast, the camps that were on the east parts shall go forward, and if it was another short blast, then the camps on the south side shall go forward. The priests were responsible for the blowing of the trumpets. Indeed, one day, God’s trumpet shall sound, and the dead in Christ shall rise first, and we, who believe in Him and are alive, shall be caught up together with them to meet Him in the air, and then shall we all be with Him forever. Let us therefore comfort one another with this promise. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to obey Your commandments as they are best for me.