“At Adonai’s order, they camped; and at Adonai’s order, they traveled — they did what Adonai had charged them to do through Moshe.”-Numbers 9:23
Let’s do a quick recap of the contents of Numbers Chapter Nine before moving on to the next chapter ten.
At this stage in the Scriptures, the preparations to establish Israel as one nation under God are almost complete.
First, we just witnessed Israel observe its first memorial Passover.
Remember that the real first Passover which took place on that dreadful night in Egypt was NOT a “memorial observance“.
It was the real thing.
From this day forward, every year Israel is to observe the PESACH to remember their deliverance from Egypt.
And about 1300 years later in around 30 A.D., during a Passover Seder Messiah Yeshua established another important remembrance.
During an event now known the world over as the “Last Supper“, he took the Passover Matzah and the wine and said “eat and drink these in remembrance of me“.
Just as the Passover lambs in Egypt were slain, so too would Yeshua be the lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
And no I’m not saying Yeshua became a Passover Lamb on the night of his crucifixion.
I’ve already discussed this and if you want to read up on it again, you can do so by clicking here.
And think about it, if Yeshua really became a Passover Lamb, how could he say “I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God“.
Is Yeshua not implying that Passover will also be observed in the fulfillment of the Kingdom of God?
Next Numbers 9 closes with the mention of the fire-cloud which was the visible sign that God was with Israel.
This is an awesome picture that illustrates what it means to walk with God.
When the Lord moves, we move.
When He remains still, we remain still.
This teaches us that doing anything but walking in sync with God’s directives is meaningless activity.
Finally, before we move on to Numbers Chapter 10, I feel compelled to remind you that this very Torah we are studying is NOT a curse.
The phrase “curse of the law” when it appears in Scripture is referring to the ultimate consequence one incurs when breaking the Law which ultimately is death!
Remember, it is the Torah which defines sin.
Torah is the light which informs us which behaviors and attitudes are in line with God’s will.
Honestly, does it make sense that God would give us His Law only to do a complete reversal and and later inform us that to follow and obey it is wrong?
I think not.
NEXT TIME WE BEGIN NUMBERS CHAPTER TEN