Here’s my devotional thought from one of the verses I considered, pulled from one of today’s portions of the R. M. M’Cheyne’s “Daily Bread” Bible Reading Schedule.
“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. The fourteenth day of the second month at even they shall keep it, and eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.” —Numbers 9:10-11
A year had passed since the children of Israel had been freed from their bondage in Egypt on the fourteenth day of the first month, the month Abib (Num 9:1; Ex 12:2, 18; Ex 13:4). Certain men came to Moses desiring to know what to do about observing the Passover since they were defiled, ceremonially unclean, because they had buried the body of a man who had died (Num 9:6-8).
The LORD allowed those defiled by the dead body to keep the Passover by observing it a month later on the fourteenth day of the second month, known to the Jews as Pesach Sh’niy (פסח שני ), or the “Second Passover.”
This provision was set forth in God’s sovereign providence in order to create a situation which would foreshadow and necessitate the burial of the Lord, Jesus Christ, more than 1,500 years later. This provision allowed Nicodemus and Josephus to take the body of our crucified Savior and place it in the unused tomb (John 19:38-42), fulfilling not only Numbers 9:6-11, it also fulfilled Isaiah 53:9, as well as several other passages.
This episode, and also from our other readings today, present unto us insights into the intricate workings of law and grace.
Certainly, there is only One who has kept the Law of Moses and fulfilled God’s holy commands, Jesus Christ. He is the only One who could keep them perfectly and gloriously in thought, word and deed.
Yet, our response to God’s holy commands is a response to God’s grace and mercy, by faith (Jas 2:17).
We see God’s tremendous love in His Son, Jesus Christ, and being saved by His grace unto eternal life, Christ declares of us, “How beautiful are thy feet with shoes” (Song 7:1), feet which are now “shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Eph 6:15).
Therefore, because we are cleansed by the wine of His blood (Heb 9:22), freed from wrath by the propitiation in His sufferings (1 Jn 2:2), and granted eternal life by His incarnation and death (Rom 5:17), we hear, by the wind of the Holy Spirit (John 3:8; 15:26), the love the Bridegroom, Jesus Christ, declares for His beloved bride (Song 7:1-9).
The love of Jesus Christ declared, in His life and substitutionary death, heard by those of faith (possessing beautiful feet shod with gospel shoes, Song 7:1), produces a response from the faithful (Song 7:10-13).
We certainly cannot perfectly keep or fulfill the Law. It would be the acme of foolishness to try. The best of our works, prayers, devotions, preaching, fellowship and worship unto God are filled with enough corruptions from our flesh, we must repent of them and confess them by the cleansing blood of Jesus Messiah (1 Jn 1:8-10).
Nevertheless, by God’s sovereign grace and in His perfect love, we respond as Christ’s precious possession (Song 7:10). We do not go forth in the world alone because He abides with us and dwells in us (Song 7:11). Our devotion to Him arises early in the morning and flourishes (Song 7:12). Moreover, His sacrifice, as sweet as the fragrance of mandrakes, is everywhere in our lives, producing the fruit of gospel works in our comings and goings, and these works are stored in heaven for Christ’s glory and exaltation (Song 7:13).
When one seeks, even strains, to produce fruit from the Law of Moses, it actually turns its back on faith in Christ’s sufficient work and holy character; yet, on the other hand, when we rejoice in the truth of the One who has kept and fulfilled the Law of Moses perfectly, the abiding presence of Jesus Christ produces in us loving devotion to Him, which brings forth fruit because He, Jesus Messiah, cannot be unfruitful.
The only reason we can work out our own salvation with trembling reverence (Phil 2:12) is because Jesus has worked into us His own glory (Phil 2:5-11). The only reason Jesus has worked into us His glory is because we sought Him with all our heart and found Him (Song 5:8; Jer 29:13). The only reason we would seek Him at all is because we have been saved by His amazing grace, for He sought us first (Isa 65:1-2; Rom 3:11; 10:20; 1 Jn 4:19).
May the gospel truth of Jesus Christ be buried deep within our souls.
The gospel is the heart and soul
Of children saved by grace;
Works spring forth from its fragrant smell
Its witness is its place.
Men’s good works testify of Christ
For holy is our God:
Yet, they must come by gospel truth
Or on Christ’s blood we trod.
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5/2 Reading Portions: Num 9; Psa 45; Song 7; Heb 7
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