I realized a short time after hitting publish on last week’s short article that I completely skipped over a book of the Bible. Ahem.
I tossed around the idea of editing, and then I decided we would just come back to it this week.
These long days of summer are just permissive like that are they not?
And really, this week’s lesson ties in perfectly with what we discussed here last week so here we go.
In Numbers we think about all of the tribes of Israel and the census, but the tabernacle had just been completed as well.
Which brings us to God’s command to Moses as to how this portable tabernacle was to move around the desert in style.
The Cloud Above The Tabernacle
15 On the day the tabernacle, the tent of the covenant law, was set up, the cloud covered it. From evening till morning the cloud above the tabernacle looked like fire. 16 That is how it continued to be; the cloud covered it, and at night it looked like fire. 17 Whenever the cloud lifted from above the tent, the Israelites set out; wherever the cloud settled, the Israelites encamped. 18 At the Lord’s command the Israelites set out, and at his command they encamped. As long as the cloud stayed over the tabernacle, they remained in camp. 19 When the cloud remained over the tabernacle a long time, the Israelites obeyed the Lord’s order and did not set out. 20 Sometimes the cloud was over the tabernacle only a few days; at the Lord’s command they would encamp, and then at his command they would set out. 21 Sometimes the cloud stayed only from evening till morning, and when it lifted in the morning, they set out. Whether by day or by night, whenever the cloud lifted, they set out. 22 Whether the cloud stayed over the tabernacle for two days or a month or a year, the Israelites would remain in camp and not set out; but when it lifted, they would set out. 23 At the Lord’s command they encamped, and at the Lord’s command they set out. They obeyed the Lord’s order, in accordance with his command through Moses.
Numbers 9:15-23 NIV
Finding Jesus and Direction
Just like last week’s lesson we find that in the book of Numbers Jesus is found in the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night. Yet the difference is the explanation of how and when they set out according to the Lord’s instruction. May it remind us to wait upon the Lord when we are waiting for His direction.
So a recap through Numbers is:
In Genesis, He is the seed of the woman.
In Exodus, He is the passover lamb.
In Leviticus, He is our High Priest.
In Numbers, He is the pillar of fire by night, and the pillar of cloud by day.
Next week, we will learn a new place in which we find Jesus in the book of Deuteronomy.
Can you tell me in the comments if you are enjoying our short little lessons and journey throughout scripture to find Jesus? I’m just curious. Blessings and love Y’all!