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Departure from Sinai– Numbers 10:11-13

June 10, 2007

Numbers 10:11-13 Departure from Sinai  For more than a year now the children of Israel have been dwelling with their God in the Wilderness of Sinai.  During this time they have come to know Him more intimately as a God who is faithful to keep His word, a God who is able to both deliver them and sustain them. After having delivered them from their cruel bondage in Egypt with His mighty outstretched arm, He has been providing their every need as they live together in the wilderness.  Does Israel need water? No problem.  What about food? No problem…it’s taken care of.  All that is required to sustain life for Israel is abundantly provided.  They have also come to know Him as a very jealous God. In Exodus 34:14 He declared… “for you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.”  With the golden calf incident fresh in their memory, it had become very clear that God was indeed serious when He had said “I will take you as My people, and I will be your God.”  Any wife knows that a good husband is willing to fight to protect his wife and family.  He is willing to work to provide for their needs.  He is both loving and jealous and…just as God delivered the instructions of Torah to His people so too does a loving husband and father give good instructions to his family out of a great love with a desire to see them do well. In the end, when it comes right down to it…a good husband and father loves them enough to lay down his life willingly for theirs.  No questions asked.  God will continue to show Himself to be the perfect husband for His Israel. 

Much has been written detailing the amazing similarities between God’s relationship with us as His people Israel, and the marriage relationship of a husband and wife. Beginning with His words of declaration for us as mentioned above, to the “ketubah” or “marriage contract” He offered us in the form of the Torah.  To which by the way, the children of Israel clearly said “I do” in Exodus 19:8.Even the cloud (Exodus 19:16) which settled over the mountain is likened to a canopy often used in a Jewish wedding ceremony.  What about the ring as a sign of the never ending love between husband and wife?” you might ask. “Where do we find that in this story?” Look again… “Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you.” “It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever…” Exodus 31:13, 17 

A short while back while studying some of these things, I noticed the following Torah instruction given in Deuteronomy 24 verse 5.  It says… “When a man has taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war or be charged with any business, he shall be free at home one year, and bring happiness to his wife whom he has taken.”  What a great instruction. Doesn’t it make since that a new husband and wife would have some time to get to know one another without being burdened by war and all the other things that will soon enough face them as marriage partners? God actually commands a honeymoon! Now, I had skimmed over this instruction previously…but this time something changed.  I stopped and asked myself the question…”If we are as His bride…surely this is a commandment that God would keep or “fulfill.”  With a little digging, God provided the answer Now it came to pass on the twentieth day of the second month, in the second year, that the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle of the testimony.  And the children of Israel set out from the Wilderness of Sinai on their journeys; then the cloud settled down in the Wilderness of Paran.  So they started out for the first time according to the command of the Lord by the hand of Moses. Numbers 10:11-13  

Tim’s Torah Take –Seeds of Restoration  

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