by Ivor Powell

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Series: Bible Oases: Spiritual Refreshment From Unlikely Places
Ivor Powell
Numbers 9:6-8

It is refreshing to discover that Solomon did not know everything, and even Moses realized there were things he needed to learn (see Prov. 30:18-19). The man who has no need of improvement has outlived his usefulness. The Passover, the most important feast in Israel, was solemnly observed on the fourteenth day of the first month. "And the Lord spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying, Let the children of Israel also keep the passover at his appointed season. In the fourteenth day of this month, at even, ye shall keep it in his appointed season; according to all the rites of it, and according to all the ceremonies thereof, shall ye keep it. And Moses spake unto the children of Israel, that they should keep the passover. And they kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the first month at even in the wilderness of Sinai: according to all that the Lord commanded Moses, so did the children of Israel" (Num. 9:1-5).

The Problem and the Prayer ... Guilt Excluding

Attendance at the Passover was mandatory for all men. Every male was commanded to obey the commandment of God, and failure to do so was regarded as sinful. This was considered by the Hebrews to be a delight and a solemn duty. When these details were explained to the nation, certain men came to Moses to ask a very important question. People who were defiled were strictly forbidden to participate in the feast, and travelers who were unable to reach home in time for the celebrations were deprived of their greatest privilege. This appeared to be unjust, and the men who complained to Moses asked if an alternative could be found.

Their leader had no idea what to say. He had never been confronted by that problem and hesitated before giving an answer. "And Moses said unto ...

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