Understanding the Scriptures
|His appointed season (vv. 2–3, 7, 13)||The Lord’s chosen time|
|Even (vv. 3, 11, 15)||Sundown|
|Forbeareth (v. 13)||Decides against|
|Bear (v. 13)||Be responsible for|
|Sojourn (v. 14)||Live|
|One ordinance (v. 14)||The same rules and practices|
|Reared up (v. 15)||Set up|
|Abode (vv. 17–18, 21)||Stood still|
|Tarried (vv. 19, 22)||Stayed|
|Charge (vv. 19, 23)||Commandments|
Numbers 9:6–14—Who Should Participate in the Passover?
It is interesting to note that, in Numbers 9, some men who had come in contact with a dead body, perhaps by simply being the ones who may have buried a dead relative, were not allowed to participate in the Passover. According to the law of Moses, they were “unclean.” The Lord revealed to Moses, however, that the Passover was so important that even those who were unclean because they touched a dead body should participate. Furthermore, the Lord said that it was a very serious sin to be fully clean and qualified and to refuse to participate in the Passover meal.
Since the Savior instituted the sacrament to replace the Passover, we might consider some personal applications. For example, we should take every available opportunity to worthily participate in the ordinance of the sacrament. To have the opportunity and then refuse to attend our sacrament meetings is a sin. Partaking of the sacrament is so important that the Lord wants us to participate even though we may have some personal blemishes in our life. Our priesthood leaders can counsel us about when we should or should not partake of the sacrament, which is the principle behind what happened in chapter 9.
Studying the Scriptures
Do activities A and B as you study Numbers 9.
The first half of Numbers 9 tells about the first anniversary of the Passover in Egypt. Consider the following key words and phrases and describe how they relate to the Passover (you may want to look back to your study of Exodus 12):
Fourteenth day of the first month
Unleavened bread and bitter herbs
No broken bones
How Did the Lord Lead Them?
Describe how Numbers 9:15–23 says the Lord led the children of Israel.
What do you think the children of Israel learned by being led through the wilderness in this way?
How does the Lord lead His people today?