Bible study 126 – Numbers 9

It is time to celebrate passover again, but the people who have recently handled corpses complain that God just told them to live outside the camp for an unspecified length of time because of their uncleanness. God now declares that everyone who for some reason was unable to celebrate the passover, should celebrate it a month later instead.

Half the chapter is spent describing how God’s cloud covers the tabernacle all the time, except when it lifts up, which is a signal for everyone to start moving. The Bible regularly features incredibly winding passages such as this, and they always remind me of the instructions for throwing the Holy Hand Grenade in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Numbers 9:22
Whether it was two days, or a month, or a longer time, that the cloud continued over the tabernacle, resting upon it, the Israelites would remain in camp and would not set out; but when it lifted they would set out.

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