READ: Numbers 9-10
THINK: Here is The Message translation of Numbers 9:4-5 & 9:9-12 goes like this:
“Moses told the People of Israel to celebrate the Passover and they did—in the Wilderness of Sinai at evening of the fourteenth day of the first month. The People of Israel did it all just as God had commanded Moses…
God spoke to Moses: “Tell the People of Israel, If one or another of you is ritually unclean because of a corpse, or you happen to be off on a long trip, you may still celebrate God’s Passover. But celebrate it on the fourteenth day of the second month at evening. Eat the lamb together with unraised bread and bitter herbs. Don’t leave any of it until morning. Don’t break any of its bones. Follow all the procedures.”
Read the passage 5 times, each time focusing on a different aspect of it.
THINK: As humans, we are forgetful people, and as forgetful people we need tangible reminders – symbols – of who God is and what he’s done. Therefore, as God commanded, many Jewish homes celebrate Passover in the spring to remember all that God orchestrated to bring them out of bondage in Egypt and into the Promised Land. Under what circumstances are you prone to forget who God is and what he’s done for you?
PRAY: Take a stroll down memory lane. Think about the times when God was evident and at work. Allow your memories to guide your prayers of gratitude for all he has done.
LIVE: Find something that will remind you of God’s faithfulness in your life. Maybe a photograph of you and your close friends or a rock you picked up during a hike. Put this in a place where you’ll see it often. Every time you see it, be reminded and thank God for his blessings.
Adapted from Eugene Peterson in Solo