When you set up . . . Numbers 8:1 – 12:16
The following is a quick outline of the passages in the current study portion along with Zechariah 2:10 – 4:7.
Numbers 8:1 The Seven Lamps
Numbers 8:5 Consecration and Service of the Levites
Numbers 9:1 The Passover at Sinai
Numbers 9:15 The Cloud and the Fire
Numbers 10:1 The Silver Trumpets
Numbers 10:11 Departure from Sinai
Numbers 11:1 Complaining in the Desert
Numbers 11:16 The Seventy Elders
Numbers 11:31 The Quail
Numbers 12:1 Aaron and Miriam’s jealousy over Moses
At this point in History this group of Jacobian refugees and their ‘egyptian tag-alongs’ have been in the desert for a year. They have seen and endured much. They have also complained and murmured much. God has shown Himself mighty and powerful with tremendous miracles and acts of His Sovereignty over all creation. He has shown Himself to be provisional, merciful and, at times, righteously indignant and downright angry. His Hand is evident everywhere you look and yet the people fall down and throw a temper tantrum and the first sign of a challenge.
And it makes one wonder . . . will we be the same way when God Almighty brings His people out the second time ? Those that are part of the 2nd exodus, will they (we) have learned and retained anything from the first time of testing in the wilderness or will we make the same mistakes again, to our own detriment ?
In Paul’s first letter to the congregation at Corinth he speaks of this same concept. Paul is talking to the ‘church’. He is not speaking just to the Jews or the ethnic Israeli’s only, but to this mixed multitude of believers in Messiah Yeshua from potentially every culture and background . . . all brought together by the drawing and convicting/convincing power of the Ruach – the Holy Spirit. In the 10th chapter of his letter to these Corinthians, he reminds the ‘church’ the events of the time in the wilderness were recorded and preserved for the benefit and admonition of those that would come later, ‘on whom the end of the ages has come.’ If this applied to them almost 2,000 years ago, how much more should it apply and be taken to heart by us today ?
2 Peter 3:9-10 – “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. But the ‘Day of the Lord’ will come . . .”
When reading about the silver trumpets and God’s admonition and promise there is hope – expectation . . . expectation of ultimate deliverance and rest.
Numbers 10:9 “And when you go to war in your land against the adversary who attacks you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, that you may be remembered before the LORD your God, and be saved from your enemies.”
Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, ( and blow the shofar ) that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
Everyday we walk out the door, we step into a battle with the forces that hope to defeat us. But their hope is not our Hope and their rock is not our Rock.
So today, on this Sabbath, may we declare aloud without apology – YHWH is our God, and besides Him there is no other, and on this Solid Rock I stand.
B’Shem Yeshua HaMashiach – in the Name of Yeshua my Messiah –
Shabbat Shalom – J & R