devotional post # 2293
Num 9:1 And Yahveh 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, and this is what he said
Num 9:2 “Let the people of Israel keep the Passover at its appointed time.
Num 9:3 On the fourteenth day of this month, at twilight, you will keep it at its appointed time; according to all its prescriptions and all its rules you will keep it.”
Num 9:4 So Moses told the people of Israel that they should keep the Passover.
Num 9:5 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 Yahveh commanded Moses, so the people of Israel did.
Num 9:6 And there were certain men who were contaminated because they had touched a dead soul, so that they could not keep the Passover on that day, and they came in the sight of Moses and Aaron on that day.
Num 9:7 And those men said to him, “We are contaminated because we have touched a dead soul. Why are we kept from bringing Yahveh’s offering at its appointed time among the people of Israel?”
Num 9:8 And Moses said to them, “Wait, that I may hear what Yahveh will command concerning you.”
Num 9:9 Yahveh spoke to Moses, and this is what he said,
Num 9:10 “Speak to the people of Israel, and this is what you should say: If any one of you or of your descendants is contaminated because he has touched a dead soul, or is on a long journey, he will still keep the Passover to Yahveh.
Num 9:11 In the second month on the fourteenth day at twilight they will keep it. They will eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.
Num 9:12 They will leave none of it until the morning, nor break any of its bones; according to all the prescription for the Passover they will keep it.
Num 9:13 But if anyone who is pure and is not on a journey fails to keep the Passover, that person will be eliminated from his people because he did not bring Yahveh’s offering at its appointed time; that man will pay for his mistake.
Num 9:14 And if a foreign guest sojourns among you and wants to keep the Passover to Yahveh, according to the prescription of the Passover and according to its rule, so will he do. You will have one prescription, both for the sojourner and for the native.”
seeking his solution
This story records a test case in which two sets of instruction from the LORD contradict each other. After what happened to Nadab and Abihu (3:4), nobody presumed they knew what the LORD wanted in this case, so Moses went into the LORD’s presence and asked. God’s solution preserved the sanctity of the ritual, while allowing those excluded to be included a month later.
Fearing God means letting him solve our problems we encounter in serving him. He is the king; we defer to his judgment.
LORD, give us the wisdom to fear you, seeing your solution to our problems, not presuming things based on our own logic.