“But some of them could not celebrate the Passover on that day because they were ceremonially unclean on account of a dead body. So they came to Moses and Aaron that same day and said to Moses, “We have become unclean because of a dead body, but why should we be kept from presenting the Lord’s offering with the other Israelites at the appointed time?” Moses answered them, “Wait until I find out what the Lord commands concerning you.”Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites: ‘When any of you or your descendants are unclean because of a dead body or are away on a journey, they are still to celebrate the Lord’s Passover, but they are to do it on the fourteenth day of the second month at twilight. They are to eat the lamb, together with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. They must not leave any of it till morning or break any of its bones. When they celebrate the Passover, they must follow all the regulations – Numbers 9:1-12
Here in Numbers 9, we find that its been two years since the children of Israel had left the slavery of Egypt. And it was commanded for them to remember the Passover on the 14th day. Passover had certain requirements to be followed. Moses had been given specific instructions as to who could participate in the feast. There were some who were not able to as they were in violation of what had been declared. The most joyous time was not allowed for them. These men came to Moses, and he wisely admitted he did not know what to do, and he took their case to God. It seemed that they would be left without a chance – but grace! It took a small group of Jews, contaminated by death and languishing on a distant road, to elicit the gift of grace from our Father. Here we see His grace in the law!
Recently we received a report that would have many thinking that the matter is a lost cause and that its too late to achieve the promise. I will have to transparently admit that I have been battling thoughts that past decisions have caused us to experience this despairing journey. But as I studied this scripture, I received the revelation that there is no justification for despair when we have grace! Even someone who is impure, who is far away and desired to be so, can still correct himself and conduct be rectified – by grace. Some believe that grace is only for a few, but grace is available to any that desire it. Every person, no matter what their situation, bad decision or failure always has the potential to make a “leap forward” over the past to receive the forgiveness and live in the grace to take the negative action or experience and transforms it for glory because of the sacrifice of the Lamb! It’s possible because “His grace is sufficient for us, for His power is made perfect in our weakness.” (2 Corinthians 2:9)
When a seemingly dark season befalls your life, understand that the Father’s grace is just as visible there, regardless of your ability to see it.
Contributed by: Pastor Yolanda Douthit
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