“Let the children of Israel keep the Passover at its appointed time. 3 On the fourteenth day of this month, at twilight, you shall keep it at its appointed time. According to all its rites and ceremonies you shall keep it.”
This was the second Passover, the first being just before they left Egypt. It was to be a reminder of God’s faithfulness to have delivered them from Egyptian bondage. They were to keep it once every year at the same time each year. Jews still celebrate the Passover to this day. For us, it represents the faithfulness of God to provide the ultimate sacrificial lamb in Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
Whether it was two days, a month, or a year that the cloud remained above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would remain encamped and not journey; but when it was taken up, they would journey.
As I think about the variation of number of days the cloud would remain, I am reminded of the importance of doing whatever the Lord tells us to do, whenever the Lord tells us to do it. We tend to be creatures of habit and rather than be open to what the Lord wants us to do, we try to fit Him into our timetable. The sooner we learn to accept the Lord on His schedule, the sooner we will enjoy and appreciate the things He wants to do in our lives.
“Make two silver trumpets for yourself; you shall make them of hammered work; you shall use them for calling the congregation and for directing the movement of the camps.
The first ‘high tech’ communication system!
So it was, whenever the ark set out, that Moses said: “Rise up, O Lord! Let Your enemies be scattered, And let those who hate You flee before You.”
We mustn’t forget that the Lord is always our defense. This would be a good prayer for us pray every time we leave our homes. We have a very real enemy, the Devil, who is always looking for ways to take us down. When we walk in the belief that the Lord is on our side, we have the boldness to face everything that comes our way.
1 Now when the people complained, it displeased the Lord; for the Lord heard it, and His anger was aroused. So the fire of the Lord burned among them, and consumed some in the outskirts of the camp. 2 Then the people cried out to Moses, and when Moses prayed to the Lord, the fire was quenched.
It is important to guard our hearts from complaining against the Lord. By His mercy and grace we don’t have to worry about fire coming down and consuming us, but nevertheless, we mustn’t complain. We must trust that the Lord knows what He is doing at all times. Whenever we do find ourselves complaining, we must immediately ‘cry out’ to the Lord, asking His forgiveness.
If You treat me like this, please kill me here and now—if I have found favor in Your sight—and do not let me see my wretchedness!”
Even Moses had bad days!
You shall eat, not one day, nor two days, nor five days, nor ten days, nor twenty days, 20 but for a whole month, until it comes out of your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you, because you have despised the Lord who is among you, and have wept before Him, saying, “Why did we ever come up out of Egypt?” ’”
We need to be careful what we ask for. The only way I know that food can come out of our nostrils, is when a person vomits. The picture we get here is that they ate meat until it made them physically sick. We must learn to be content with the things the Lord provides for us…without complaint.