Numbers 8 – 9

Numbers 8

God commands concerning the seven branched lamp stand and its seven lights which are wicks set in bowls at the top of each branch filled with  pure olive oil and lighted.  In King James England olive oil was not common and wax candles were used for light which confused the translation.

Numbers 8:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 8:2 Speak unto Aaron and say unto him, When thou lightest the lamps, the seven lamps [one lamp or Menorah with seven branches] shall give light over against the candlestick [lamp stand]. 8:3 And Aaron did so; he lighted the lamps thereof over against the candlestick, as the LORD commanded Moses.

The seven branched lamp stands or menorah to be placed in the tabernacle were to be made of beaten gold. The light produced by burning pure olive oil, pictured the light of Godliness, produced by using the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and following that Holy Spirit into Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of God.

Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 5:15 Neither do men light a candle [lamp], and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick [lamp stand]; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Let the light of your zeal for the whole Word of God shine brightly in your example of passion to learn and live by every Word of God, which is the product and proof of the indwelling of the Spirit of God within you.  It is the indwelling of God’s Spirit and our zeal to follow it, which leads  us into unity with God, and makes the light of our example to shine before all who see us.

5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Numbers 8:4 And this work of the candlestick was of beaten gold, unto the shaft thereof, unto the flowers thereof, was beaten work: according unto the pattern which the LORD had shewed Moses, so he made the candlestick.

Exodus 25:31 And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops [buds], and his flowers, shall be of the same.

25:32 And six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side:

25:33 Three bowls made like unto almonds, with a knop [bud] and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a knop and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick.

25:34 And in the candlesticks shall be four bowls made like unto almonds, with their knops [buds] and their flowers.

25:35 And there shall be a knop [bud] under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, according to the six branches that proceed out of the candlestick.

25:36 Their knops [buds] and their branches shall be of the same: all it shall be one beaten work of pure gold.

The consecration of the Levites

Numbers 8:5 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 8:6 Take the Levites from among the children of Israel, and cleanse them.

The Levites were to shave off all the hair on their bodies and then to wash themselves and their clothes, so as to be completely clean.  

8:7 And thus shalt thou do unto them, to cleanse them: Sprinkle water of purifying upon them, and let them shave all their flesh, and let them wash their clothes, and so make themselves clean.

8:8 Then let them take a young bullock with his meat offering, even fine flour mingled with oil, and another young bullock shalt thou take for a sin offering.

Then the people were to lay hands on and ordain the Levites to the service of God, from this and other examples comes the modern ordination to ministerial offices and even the laying on of hands after baptism. 

Just like God called the Levites to his service we are to lay hands on [ordain] ONLY those who God has clearly chosen as revealed by their fruits of faithful diligence in the righteousness of the whole Word of God.  The ordaining of people for graduating from a college or for their loyalties to men as is commonly done is a false ordination and is not respected by God. 

8:9 And thou shalt bring the Levites before the tabernacle of the congregation: and thou shalt gather the whole assembly of the children of Israel together: 8:10 And thou shalt bring the Levites before the LORD: and the children of Israel shall put their hands upon the Levites: 8:11 And Aaron shall offer the Levites before the LORD for an offering of the children of Israel, that they may execute the service of the LORD.

The Levites then offered a bull for a Sin Offering to cover their sins; and then offer another bull as a Burnt Offering representing the patient, powerful, single minded, wholehearted service they are called to.

8:12 And the Levites shall lay their hands upon the heads of the bullocks: and thou shalt offer the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering, unto the LORD, to make an atonement for the Levites.

Then the Levites were presented to the priests as an offering of service to God, and a help to the priests.

8:13 And thou shalt set the Levites before Aaron, and before his sons, and offer them for an offering unto the LORD.

This whole process in how the priests and Levites are to be consecrated to their service is analogous of the consecration of baptism of the called out to be priests of the High Priest Jesus Christ.  The Mosaic priests and Levites had to wash and remove all uncleanness and sin, and Baptism is the washing away of all past uncleanness of service to false gods and sin.  

8:14 Thus shalt thou separate the Levites from among the children of Israel: and the Levites shall be mine.

The Levites are given to serve God by assisting the priests in place of the first born of Israel; and after their consecration they were sanctified to serve in the physical things of the tabernacle.  The actual sacrifices and holy things, being reserved for the priesthood.

8:15 And after that shall the Levites go in to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation: and thou shalt cleanse them, and offer them for an offering.

The first born of Israel were saved in Egypt by the blood of the lamb on their doorposts and they all belong to God because he spared them.

This is a symbol that all of the sincerely repentant of the New Covenant, have also had the blood of the Lamb applied to the doorposts of their hearts and have been spared from their bondage to sin as a kind of first fruits of a much larger harvest of lives; the Lamb Himself being the first born of many brethren.

Therefore they [and we]  belong to Christ and are NOT their [or our] own; we are to fully and wholeheartedly become like Christ for we belong to him!  We are to learn and to keep the whole Word of God, which is Jesus Christ in print; which is our reasonable service to him.

8:16 For they are wholly given unto me from among the children of Israel; instead of such as open every womb, even instead of the firstborn of all the children of Israel, have I taken them unto me.

8:17 For all the firstborn of the children of Israel are mine, both man and beast: on the day that I smote every firstborn in the land of Egypt I sanctified them for myself.

8:18 And I have taken the Levites for all the firstborn of the children of Israel.

8:19 And I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and to his sons from among the children of Israel, to do the service of the children of Israel in the tabernacle of the congregation, and to make an atonement for the children of Israel: that there be no plague among the children of Israel, when the children of Israel come nigh unto the sanctuary.

8:20 And Moses, and Aaron, and all the congregation of the children of Israel, did to the Levites according unto all that the LORD commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so did the children of Israel unto them. 8:21 And the Levites were purified, and they washed their clothes; and Aaron offered them as an offering before the LORD; and Aaron made an atonement for them to cleanse them. 8:22 And after that went the Levites in to do their service in the tabernacle of the congregation before Aaron, and before his sons: as the LORD had commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so did they unto them.

The physical work of the Levites was from the age of 25 to the age of 50; after which they were to retire from physical labor and to only teach and supervise others.

8:23 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 8:24 This is it that belongeth unto the Levites: from twenty and five years old and upward they shall go in to wait upon the service of the tabernacle of the congregation: 8:25 And from the age of fifty years they shall cease waiting upon the service thereof, and shall serve no more: 8:26 But shall minister [be with to supervise and teach] with their brethren in the tabernacle of the congregation, to keep the charge, and shall do no service [no physical work]. Thus shalt thou do unto the Levites touching their charge.

 

Numbers 9

Here we have an inset back to the Passover of the first month of the second year of the Exodus; the previous events in Numbers came in the second month of the second year.

Numbers 9:1 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, 9:2 Let the children of Israel also keep the passover at his appointed season. 9:3 In the fourteenth day of this month, at even [the beginning of the evening starting the 14th day, since the destroyer went through Egypt at midnight on the fourteenth day] , 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.

The Passover is to be kept on the fourteenth day, and therefore is not to be kept after the sunset which ENDED the 14th day; which would actually be on the 15th day.  Since the Passover is to be kept on the evening and also ON the 14th day it is to be kept just after sunset BEGINNING the 14th day.

9:4 And Moses spake unto the children of Israel, that they should keep the passover. 9:5 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.

A solution for those unable to keep the Passover in the 14th day of the first month.

9:6 And there were certain men, who were defiled by the dead body of a man, that they could not keep the passover on that day: and they came before Moses and before Aaron on that day: 9:7 And those men said unto him, 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? 9:8 And Moses said unto them, Stand still, and I will hear what the LORD will command concerning you.

Being physically unclean or far off is a symbol of being separated from God and far off from HIM through spiritual uncleanness by reason of unrepented sin.  Spiritually, Passover cannot be taken while in a state of unrepented sin.

That repentance must be a sincere and wholehearted commitment to go and sin no more. It is because the vast majority of today’s spiritual Ekklesia take the Passover unworthily by repenting in name only and insisting on their own ways, that so much correction is falling upon them.

Here we also have a command to eat the Passover lamb with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.  Eating the lamb and the unleavened bread represents internalizing the life and sinless nature of Jesus Christ to live as he lived.  The bitter herbs representing the acceptance of our trials as he accepted his trials.  See the Passover Symbols article.

9:9 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 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. 9:11 The fourteenth day of the second month at even they shall keep it, andeat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.

During the time that this command was given all Israel was in one camp with the tabernacle at its center. 

The Second Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread

Later when Israel entered and spread across Palestine the people were to travel to the place where the tabernacle [later the temple] was located to kill and eat the Passover before God.  They were then to remain before God at the tabernacle/temple for the seven days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. 

Since they were to present themselves before God at the tabernacle/temple for Passover AND the seven day feast of Unleavened Bread, the full eight days was a pilgrim feast to God, just like the seven days of Tabernacles together with the Feast of the Eighth Day.

If a person were to keep the Passover in the second month they must also keep the seven day Feast of Unleavened Bread in the second month along with the Passover, because the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened are inseparable from one another: Passover picturing the application of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God and the seven day Feast picturing coming out of sin and internalizing the Nature of God.

 

Passover Details

No bone shall be broken, as no bone of Messiah was broken in his life nor in his death.  No part of the Passover could be left over until the morning [all leftovers must be burned]; symbolizing that Jesus would be buried before the sunset ending the 14th day of the first month.

9:12 They shall leave none of it unto the morning, nor break any bone of it: according to all the ordinances of the passover they shall keep it.

Taking the Passover was essential to remain in the Mosaic Covenant, it is also essential to take the Passover at the appointed time; to remain reconciled to God the Father in the New Covenant.

Eating the Passover [and eating unleavened bread for each of the seven days of Unleavened bread after Passover] pictures internalizing the very nature of Jesus Christ and God the Father.  Failing to eat the Passover or to eat unleavened bread for each of the seven subsequent days; is a rejection of the commandment of God, and pictures a refusal to internalize the Word and Nature of God.

Those who do take the Passover without sincerely repenting of all sin and compromising with the Word of God and all tolerance of sin; are making a mockery of the sacrifice of Christ.

Brethren, today we are in grave danger of reaching the state where we will not repent and would rather follow men and not God, having been deceived into thinking that blindly following men is the same as following God;  It is NOT! 

We think of ourselves as righteous while we justify our sin of idolizing men and the false traditions of men, refusing to repent of our idolatry; which refusal to repent is unpardonable.

Our only hope is that we have been deceived into this evil and that our Lord will cast us into great tribulation so that we might see the errors of standing on the false traditions of men contrary to any part of the whole Word of God, and turn to a wholehearted zeal to live by every Word of God.

Hebrews 6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 6:5  And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,

If we take the Passover without repenting of our lack of faithful zeal to live by every Word of God; idolizing men and not exalting the Ruler of Eternity; we make a mockery of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God!

6:7 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

Numbers 9:13 But the man that is clean, and is not in a journey, and forbeareth to keep the passover, even the same soul shall be cut off from among his people: because he brought not the offering of the LORD in his appointed season, that man shall bear his sin.

The stranger [unconverted] may keep the Passover only if he sincerely repents, symbolized at that time by being circumcised, and commits to live by every Word of God.

Genesis 12:48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the Lord, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.

Numbers 9:14 And if a stranger shall sojourn among you, and will keep the passover unto the LORD; according to the ordinance of the passover, and according to the manner thereof, so shall he do: ye shall have one ordinance, both for the stranger, and for him that was born in the land.

Now comes the explanation of how the people knew when to stay put or to move in their journey.  They followed Christ by following the movement of the cloud, for Christ was in the cloud from the time that they began to leave Egypt. 

This too is an allegory for us; the cloud of water and the pillar of fire representing the lead of God’s Word and the Holy Spirit.  We are to follow ONLY the Word of God which is Jesus Christ in print [through the power of the Holy Spirit], from the time that we are called out of bondage in spiritual Egypt.

9:15 And on the day that the tabernacle was reared up the cloud covered the tabernacle, namely, the tent of the testimony: and at even there was upon the tabernacle as it were the appearance of fire, until the morning.

9:16 So it was alway: the cloud covered it by day, and the appearance of fire by night. 9:17 And when the cloud was taken up from the tabernacle, then after that the children of Israel journeyed: and in the place where the cloud abode, there the children of Israel pitched their tents. 9:18 At the commandment of the LORD the children of Israel journeyed, and at the commandment of the LORD they pitched: as long as the cloud abode upon the tabernacle they rested in their tents. 9:19 And when the cloud tarried long upon the tabernacle many days, then the children of Israel kept the charge of the LORD, and journeyed not.

Brethren, we are to ONLY follow the lead of God the Father and Jesus Christ who is the chief cornerstone of the whole Word of Almighty God.  God and God alone leads us out of the bondage to Satan and sin of spiritual Egypt, and out of the sin of breaking or compromising with any part of God’s Word. 

The Lamb of God is our ONLY Effectual Sacrifice and Deliverer; not the traditions of men!

9:20 And so it was, when the cloud was a few days upon the tabernacle; according to the commandment of the LORD they abode in their tents, and according to the commandment of the LORD they journeyed.

9:21 And so it was, when the cloud abode from even unto the morning, and that the cloud was taken up in the morning, then they journeyed: whether it was by day or by night that the cloud was taken up, they journeyed.

9:22 Or whether it were two days, or a month, or a year, that the cloud tarried upon the tabernacle, remaining thereon, the children of Israel abode in their tents, and journeyed not: but when it was taken up, they journeyed.

The Passover is a commitment to learn, follow and to live by every Word God, which is the Holy Scriptures; without compromise or any hint of turning to the left or to the right: FOREVER!

9:23 At the commandment of the LORD they rested in the tents, and at the commandment of the LORD they journeyed: they kept the charge of the LORD, at the commandment of the LORD by the hand of Moses.

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