KEY SCRIPTURE: Numbers 9:8 “And Moses said unto them, Stand still, and I will hear what the LORD will command concerning you.”
(Read Numbers 9:1–23)
On the way to the Promised Land Moses encountered a number of interesting moments with the children of Israel. Among these instances was one occasion when some three men came to Moses and said:”…… We are defiled by the dead body of a man: wherefore are we kept back, that we may not offer an offering of the LORD in his appointed season among the children of Israel? Numbers 9:7
According to God’s law anyone who touches a dead body is defiled and must be put out of the rest of the people. Numbers 5:2 ” Command the children of Israel, that they put out of the camp every leper, and every one that hath an issue, and whosoever is defiled by the dead:”
To be put out of the camp meant you could not participate in the ordinances that God had instituted. This was the reason these men came to Moses explaining why they could not participate in the Passover ceremony and also to enquire from God what could be done about their case. Moses was not dogmatic or a very difficult leader. He did not throw them out and said, you know what the law says. Rather he said I will enquire of the Lord.
Moses responded to the sincerity of these men and enquired from the Lord what he should do. In our dealings with people we have to look out for how sincere people are, to relate to them. When Moses asked God what he must do?, the Lord said in Numbers 9:10 ” Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If any man of you or of your posterity shall be unclean by reason of a dead body, or be in a journey afar off, yet he shall keep the Passover unto the LORD.”
The law was changed because of these men. God was revealing His graciousness to His children. In our homes and relationships, we have to learn to show mercy, especially when men plead for mercy. Certain couples become so difficult when their spouses have faulted and they plead for mercy. Remember” Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy”. (Matthew 5:7)
NOTE: WITHOUT THE MERCY OF GOD, WOULD YOU HAVE BEEN QUALIFIED TO BE ALIVE?
Father, I pray for all families, relationships and associations that are tearing apart because of offences. May they be merciful to each other, that peace would prevail.
Micah 6:8 ” He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD requires of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”
Proverbs 16:6 ” By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.”