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December 24, 2018

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Numbers 9 (ESV)

And the Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt, saying, “Let the people of Israel keep the Passover at its appointed time. On the fourteenth day of this month, at twilight, you shall keep it at its appointed time; according to all its statutes and all its rules you shall keep it.” So Moses told the people of Israel that they should keep the Passover. And they kept the Passover in the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, at twilight, in the wilderness of Sinai; according to all that the Lord commanded Moses, so the people of Israel did.And there were certain men who were unclean through touching a dead body, so that they could not keep the Passover on that day, and they came before Moses and Aaron on that day. And those men said to him, “We are unclean through touching a dead body. Why are we kept from bringing the Lord‘s offering at its appointed time among the people of Israel?” And Moses said to them, “Wait, that I may hear what the Lord will command concerning you.”

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 10 “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, If any one of you or of your descendants is unclean through touching a dead body, or is on a long journey, he shall still keep the Passover to the Lord. 11 In the second month on the fourteenth day at twilight they shall keep it. They shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. 12 They shall leave none of it until the morning, nor break any of its bones; according to all the statute for the Passover they shall keep it. 13 But if 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; that man shall bear his sin. 14 And if a stranger sojourns among you and would keep the Passover to the Lord, according to the statute of the Passover and according to its rule, so shall he do. You shall have one statute, both for the sojourner and for the native.”

15 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. 16 So it was always: the cloud covered it by dayand the appearance of fire by night. 17 And 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. 18 At the command of the Lord the people of Israel set out, and at the command of the Lord they camped. As long as the cloud rested over the tabernacle, they remained in camp. 19 Even when the cloud continued over the tabernacle many days, the people of Israel kept the charge of the Lord and did not set out. 20 Sometimes the cloud was a few days over the tabernacle, and according to the command of the Lord they remained in camp; then according to the command of the Lord they set out. 21 And sometimes the cloud remained from evening until morning. And when the cloud lifted in the morning, they set out, or if it continued for a day and a night, when the cloud lifted they set out. 22 Whether it was two days, or a month, or a longer time, that the cloud continued over the tabernacle, abiding there, the people of Israel remained in camp and did not set out, but when it lifted they set out. 23 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.

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  1. 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.  Numbers 9:16

    Cloud and Fire

    Long before iCloud, God appeared as a cloud. In Numbers 9, we read the cloud covered the tabernacle. The first time a "cloud" is used to describe the presence of God was Exodus 13:21-22 which says, "And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night did not depart from before the people."

    As in Numbers 9, the Exodus account speaks of the Lord appearing as fire at night.

    In Exodus 14:19-20 we also read, "Then the angel of God who was going before the host of Israel moved and went behind them, and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them, coming between the host of Egypt and the host of Israel. And there was the cloud and the darkness. And it lit up the night without one coming near the other all night."

    Then in Exodus 14:24 it says, "And in the morning watch the LORD in the pillar of fire and of cloud looked down on the Egyptian forces and threw the Egyptian forces into a panic."

    Leviticus chapter 16:2 says, "and the LORD said to Moses, 'Tell Aaron your brother not to come at any time into the Holy Place inside the veil, before the mercy seat that is on the ark, so that he may not die. For I will appear in the cloud over the mercy seat."

    In his commentary on Numbers, Gordon Wenham writes, The New Testament also uses cloud imagery to describe the presence of God. Our Lord was overshadowed by the cloud at his transfiguration, and disappeared into a cloud at his ascension (Luke 9:34; Acts 1:9). He indeed was the perfect tabernacle in which ‘the Word … dwelt among us’ (John 1:14). Paul and Peter both compare the body to a tent, a temporary dwelling to be replaced after death (2 Corinthians 5:1–4; 2 Peter 1:13–14). Like the tabernacle, the Christian’s body is no empty tent, but a temple for the Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). Filled by the Spirit he may follow in his Lord’s footsteps and resist the temptations of Satan even in the wilderness. ‘Let the fiery, cloudy pillar lead me all my journey through.’"

    Wenham, G. J. (1981). Numbers: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 4, p. 114). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

    I pray that we would all sense God's presence in our lives in a power way and that our light would shine as bright as fire at night. 

  2. “And Moses said to them, ‘Wait, that I may hear what the Lord will command concerning you.’” (v. 8)

    As Scott and I sit waiting to see the oncologist and learn what the pathology report shows after surgery, this is so well-timed. Many say waiting for pathology reports is difficult. I have learned after many years of walking with the Lord, being led by Him, to wait on Him and trust Him in the waiting. And in this time of waiting to learn if the cancer spread,, and waiting to discuss the battle plan going forward, I’ve enjoyed the rest my Shepherd has provided.

    As we see the Israelites waiting on the Lord in their journey — setting out when the cloud lifts, camping when the cloud rests — I am so grateful to know that the Lord knows exactly where He is leading me, and leading my husband. We are not alone in the wilderness. The Lord is with us. 

    “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
    Psalm 23:1-6


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