Rise Up, LORD! #2

Saturday, November 14, 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?

The Bible always interprets itself. Whenever we find a mysterious verse or passage, we should always consider the context first. Then, we should look for other verses that are worded similarly. Today’s Scripture is about God bringing His nation Israel into His Holy Land, that He make her His kingdom of priests to evangelize the Gentiles (Genesis 12:1-3; Exodus 19:3-6). As the Song of Moses said of Israel just after she crossed the Red Sea: “Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, in the place, O LORD, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established. The LORD shall reign for ever and ever” (Exodus 15:17,18).

As the Ark of the Covenant was carried forward, “Moses said, Rise up, LORD, and let thine enemies be scattered; and let them that hate thee flee before thee.” When the Ark was set down, “he said, Return, O LORD, unto the many thousands of Israel. In these simple little phrases, God was actually providing highlights of Israel’s future. Every time the camp of the Israelites moved and traveled toward the Promised Land, it was a “dress rehearsal.” That is, there is not only historical significance, but prophetic significance as well.

Today’s Scripture brings Psalm 68 to mind. Echoing Moses centuries earlier, King David wrote in its opening verses: “Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him. As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.” If you read that psalm in its entirety, you will learn it is Jesus Christ’s Second Coming. He will ride through the heavens and stand on the Earth, just before He establishes His kingdom on the Earth. He has come, that He might utterly destroy His enemies!