23rd June, 2021

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On the day of 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. That is how it continued to be; the cloud covered it, and at night, it looked like fire. Whenever the cloud lifted from above the tent, the Israelites set. Whenever the cloud settled, the Israelites set up camp. At the Lord's command, they set up camp. As long as they cloud stayed over the Tabernacle, they remained in camp. When the cloud remained over the Tabernacle a long time, the Israelites obeyed the Lord's order and did not set out. Sometimes the cloud was over the Tabernacle for only a few days, at the Lord's command, they would set up camp. Then, at His command, they would set out. Sometimes the cloud stayed only from evening until morning and when it lifted in the morning, they set out. Whether by day or by night, whenever the cloud lifted, they set out. Whether the cloud stayed over the Tabernacle for two days or a month or a year, the Israelites remained in camp and not set out, but when it lifted, they would set out. At the Lord's command they set up camp 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)

The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Make two trumpets of silver. You shall make them of beaten work. You shall use them for the calling of the congregation, and for the journeying of the camps. When they blow them, all the congregation shall gather themselves to you at the door of the Tent of Meeting. But if they blow just one, then the leaders, the heads of the thousands of Israel, shall gather themselves to you. When you blow an alarm, the camps that lie on the east side shall go forward. When you blow an alarm the second time, the camps that lie on the south side shall go forward. They shall blow an alarm for their journeys. But when the assembly is to be gathered together, you shall blow, but you shall not sound an alarm. The sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow the trumpets. This shall be to you for a statute forever throughout your generations. When you go to war in your land against the adversary who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets. Then you will be remembered before the LORD your God, and you will be saved from your enemies. “Also in the day of your gladness, and in your set feasts, and in the beginnings of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be to you for a memorial before your God. I am the LORD your God.” (Numbers 10:1-10)

We see here a classic illustration of the ways of God, which are above our ways. Now, any human being will preferably have routine seasons and gaps between actions. But here, we see that the Lord could stop moving for just one evening sometimes – just one night. And other times, He could stop for a year or maybe years. Sometimes, He could move at night when it would not seem wise to do so; it would seem the day is the time to move.

But as you know from the story of the Lord Jesus Christ as a baby, that it was at night that the angel of the Lord spoke to Joseph saying, "Take the child and his mother..." and they moved to Egypt.
It is very likely that if they moved during the day, they would have died. And what if Joseph was not obedient and said, "No, I'll move in the morning; I'll move when it's convenient..."?
Sometimes, the Lord tells us to move when it's very inconvenient. The important thing is, "What is the Lord saying?" 'At the Lord's command' is the operative term, and it is what we must always look for.

Now, the Lord in His ways (which always require faith, because you can see no other reason for the apparent difficulty or uncertainty) could have as well informed them of His plans ahead of time, but He would 'jump' [not tell] them. At times, He would seem to surprise them — He would just arise and move.


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