Friday, November 13, 2015
“And it came to pass, when the ark set forward, that Moses said, Rise up, LORD, and let thine enemies be scattered; and let them that hate thee flee before thee. And when it rested, he said, Return, O LORD, unto the many thousands of Israel” (Numbers 10:35,36 KJV).
What does today’s Scripture mean?
Throughout the “Old Testament” Scriptures, the Berean Bible student notices various hints, previews, of things that would occur centuries or millennia later in the “New Testament” Scriptures. Some prophecies are spelled out clearly in words. Others are historical events that typify (mirror) the future. It is thus apparent that one Master Author wrote all 66 Bible books—a mind neither bound by space nor limited by time. He could see the beginning and the end alike. What Revelation would say in culmination many centuries later, Genesis had already laid in foundation many centuries earlier.
Think about today’s Scripture. Moses and Israel are just over one year removed from Egyptian bondage. They are slowly making their way to the Promised Land. Things are about to fall apart, however. We pause in the Bible narrative before things get worse. Picture in your mind over two million individuals and all of their animals making their way northward on the Sinai Peninsula. Leading that massive crowd, we see Jewish priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant on their shoulders. Manifesting Himself in the form of “Shekinah Glory”—a glowing orb of light—JEHOVAH hovers above the lid, the Mercy Seat. Every time the priests pick up that Ark and move northward, the Israelites move camp. JEHOVAH God is leading His people to His land, a glorious land! Abounding with wealth and prosperity, they will dwell in it safely, and become His kingdom of priests. What a hope!
When the priests lifted up the Ark of the Covenant and moved forward, Moses said, “Rise up, LORD, and let thine enemies be scattered; and let them that hate thee flee before thee.” Why? When the priests put down the Ark, Moses said, “Return, O LORD, unto the many thousands of Israel.” Why? With the background delineated, now we proceed to delving into the meaning. (Hint: Think prophecy.)