Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 20, 2023

“May the good LORD pardon everyone who prepares his heart to seek God”

Today’s devotion comes from Numbers 9:1-14.  Here is a link to this Scripture –

I quote only the following verses.

“Thus the LORD spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt, saying, “Now, let the sons of Israel observe the Passover at its appointed time.  On the fourteenth day of this month, at twilight, you shall observe it at its appointed time;  you shall observe it according to all its statutes and according to all its ordinances.”  …  But there were some men who were unclean because of the dead person, so that they could not observe Passover on that day;  so they came before Moses and Aaron on that day.  Those men said to him, “Though we are unclean because of the dead person, why are we restrained from presenting the offering of the LORD at its appointed time among the sons of Israel?”  Moses therefore said to them, “Wait, and I will listen to what the LORD will command concerning you.”

Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘If any one of you or of your generations becomes unclean because of a dead person, or is on a distant journey, he may, however, observe the Passover to the LORD.  In the second month on the fourteenth day at twilight, they shall observe it;  they shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.”  Numbers 9:1-3 and 6-11.


We see an example of the LORD’S provision for those who could not celebrate Passover at its appointed time, and after quoting it, we can glean a more general lesson.

“Now Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah and wrote letters also to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the Lord at Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover to the LORD God of Israel.  For the king and his princes and all the assembly in Jerusalem had decided to celebrate the Passover in the second month, since they could not celebrate it at that time, because the priests had not consecrated themselves in sufficient numbers, nor had the people been gathered to Jerusalem.  Thus the thing was right in the sight of the king and all the assembly.  …

…  For a multitude of the people, even many from Ephraim and Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun, had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover otherwise than prescribed.  For Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “May the good LORD pardon everyone who prepares his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his fathers, though not according to the purification rules of the sanctuary.”  So the LORD heard Hezekiah and healed the people.”  2 Chronicles 30:1-4 and 18-20. 

We may fall far short of worshipping God as we should.  We may also feel times when our faith is weak.  Even though we strive to not sin, we do sin.  

But, there is hope!

We can pray and ask for help from God.  We can read the Bible and attend worship services and listen to sermons and participate in all the elements of the worship of the worship service even though they are not perfect.  We can confess our sins and ask for forgiveness.

Consider the following from the Canons of Dordt in the section titled FIRST HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of Divine Predestination. 

Article 16.  Those who do not yet experience a lively faith in Christ, an assured confidence of soul, peace of conscience, an earnest endeavor after filial obedience, and glorying in God through Christ, efficaciously wrought in them, and do nevertheless persist in the use of the means which God hath appointed for working these graces in us, ought not to be alarmed at the mention of reprobation, nor to rank themselves among the reprobate, but diligently to persevere in the use of means, and with ardent desires, devoutly and humbly to wait for a season of richer grace.  …

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed.  The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”  James 5:16.


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