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Stay On Tract With God’s GPS      Num. 9:1-11a, 15-19
(HCSB)      Dec. 11, 2011

Introduction

       The GPS is an amazing device. When I first saw one it was in a truck and the home office could tell where that truck was at all times. When the truck driver acquainted me with this device, “I said and some people have a problem believing God knows where we are at all times.

If anything ;this instrument should silence an agnostic.”

 

1.   Stay On Tract through. . Observing God’s Statutes and Ordinances. 9:1-5 

       A.   Stay On Tract by Obeying the . . Details of the Ordinances of God. 9:1-3

      1 In the first month of the second year after their departure from the land of Egypt, the LORD told Moses in

       the Wilderness of Sinai:

       2 “The Israelites are to observe the Passover at its appointed time.

       3 You must observe it at its appointed time on the fourteenth day of this month at twilight; you are to

       observe it according to all its statutes and ordinances.”

 

       B .  Stay On Tract by Obeying the . . Design of the Orders from Moses. 9:4-5

4 So Moses told the Israelites to observe the Passover,

       5 and they observed it in the first month on the fourteenth day at twilight in the Wilderness of Sinai. The

       Israelites did everything as the LORD had commanded Moses.


       Is it necessary to obey to the smallest detail? Ask the Chemist that question. The chemical formula for water is H2O. What happens if you leave off the hydrogen? I don’t know what you get but it sure isn’t water. If an all knowing God gives us some details to follow we need to obey completely. The Passover was to be observed on a specific date, and hour of the day. Why? Because God, “said so.” Who designed these details? God! So the people did everything exactly as God commanded Moses. This certainly is a commendable action of the Israelites. As we look back on this action we likewise need to closely follow the Lord.

 

2.   Stay On Tract Even When . . Obstacles Occur. 9:6-11a

       A.   In times of the Obstacle of Uncleanness . . Present that Need to God. 9:6-9

       6 But there were some men who were unclean because of a human corpse, so they could not observe the

       Passover on that day. These men came before Moses and Aaron the same day

       7 and said to him, “We are unclean because of a human corpse. Why should we be excluded from

       presenting the LORD’s offering at its appointed time with the other Israelites?”

       8 Moses replied to them, “Wait here until I hear what the LORD commands for you.”

       9 Then the LORD spoke to Moses:

 

       B.   In times of the Obstacle of Uncleanness . . Practice the Ordinance As God Describes. 9:10-11a

10 “Tell the Israelites: When any one of you or your descendants is unclean because of a corpse or is on a

       distant journey, he may still observe the Passover to the LORD.

       11 Such people are to observe it in the second month, on the fourteenth day at twilight.. . .”


       Suppose a person’s heart is into following the Lord but he has a legitimate obstacle as to why he can’t meet the requirements. One should present those obstacles to the Lord, and wait for a word to be given from Him. In the text the people brought their problem to Moses. Today we may feel a freedom to bring the request directly to the Father through the Son. In addition; we may have people we respect and appreciate as praying people and ask them to intercede for us. Do you have such friends? Does anyone ever ask you to pray for them or with them about such matters? If the reason is a justifiable excuse God will understand and suggest the exceptions or variations. The actual timing for an obedient observance of the command will come from the Lord and the person with the obstacle will be able to obey the new command.

 

3.   Stay On Tract through. . Obedience to the Lord. 9:15-19

       A.   Stay On Tract . . Camp Where the Lord Indicates. 9:15-17

      15 On the day the tabernacle was set up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the testimony, and it

       appeared like fire above the tabernacle from evening until morning.

       16 It remained that way continuously: the cloud would cover it, appearing like fire at night.

17 Whenever the cloud was lifted up above the tent, the Israelites would set out; at the place where the

       cloud stopped, there the Israelites camped.

 

       B.   Stay On Tract Follow His . . Cloud. 9:18-19

       18 At the LORD’s command the Israelites set out, and at the LORD’s command they camped. As long as

       the cloud stayed over the tabernacle, they camped.

       19 Even when the cloud stayed over the tabernacle many days, the Israelites carried out the LORD’s

       requirement and did not set out.


       The Lord assured the people of His presence by sending a cloud of fire that He stationed over the tabernacle

by night. The people knew God chose to represented His presence with this fiery cloud. God’s presence in the day time appeared in the cloud that stayed right over the tabernacle. If the cloud moved the people followed the movement of the cloud that guided them to travel safely. Do you think such a GPS system would be great to have today? God thinks it is better for us to have the gift of His Holy Spirit living permanently within us.. So, today we Stay On Tract With God’s GPS , which is the Holy Spirit. Amen? Amen!