The Lord did not make concessions for neglect

Numbers Bible Background

02.23.2019 – Old Testament: Num 9.13

To read the Bible in a year, read Numbers 8–10 on February 23, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

The Lord wanted Israel to remember what He had done for them, saving them from Egyptian slavery and bringing them to a land of their own. Therefore, He commanded them to observe the Passover, which commemorated that deliverance. Sometimes an Israelite might miss the Passover, and the Lord had that person observe it on another day. However, if someone failed to keep it out of neglect, He said:

“But the man who is clean and is not on a journey, and ceases to keep the Passover, that same person shall be cut off from among his people, because he did not bring the offering of the LORD at its appointed time; that man shall bear his sin” (Numbers 9.13).

Remembering salvation, of whatever kind, is important. In this case, many Egyptians had died that Israel might go free. Therefore, Israel needed to remember the cost of their salvation.

Likewise, the Lord wants us to remember our salvation as Christians, because an even greater price was paid that we might be free from the slavery of sin.


  • Do you observe the Lord’s Supper every first day of the week?
  • If you miss it frequently, what do you think the Lord thinks of your neglect?

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