Today you should read: Numbers 9
This is the second Passover that was celebrated. The first Passover was celebrated in Egypt when God passed over all the firstborns of Israel and killed all the firstborns of Egypt (Exodus 12-13). The Passover was to be celebrated each year in remembrance of what God did for the Israelites during the Exodus.
In our passage, the people of Israel keep the Passover (v. 5), but some men of Israel could not celebrate the Passover because they were unclean. God commands Moses to tell them to keep the Passover next month when they would be clean. This is important detail, because it shows God cares more about our hearts than what we do. These men wanted to celebrate the Passover but knew they shouldn’t until they were clean. God was willing to give them grace for this. On the flip side, if someone was clean and did not celebrate the Passover, they were to be cut off from the people of Israel (v. 13). If someone was clean and did not celebrate, it showed that their heart was not following after God and that is why they receive the punishment. But again, hear this clearly, God cares more about your heart than the things you do.
This chapter proves that God is a good God. He was willing to extend grace, but He also leads His people (v. 15-23). You should feel encouraged reading this chapter. If you have a relationship with God, realize that God has extended His grace to you and that He will give you direction to your life. You just need to be willing to follow Him.
Take time right now to thank God for all the blessings of your life. Everything we have is from Him so please never take anything for granted. He is a good God!
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Associate
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