Scarlet Thread- The Congregation Moves

  1. The Lamp Stands 8: 1 – 4
  1. Aaron instructed to light the menorah
    1. Prophetically this is Jesus
      1. Daniel 2: 22 And the light dwells with Him
      2. John 1: 5He is the “light” that shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it.
  2. Revelation 4: 5 these are the seven spirits of God
    1. Seven a number of completeness rather than seven different spirits.
  3. Jesus stands among the seven lamp stands in heaven and holds seven stars in his hand Revelation 1: 20
  4. Zechariah talks about the seven eyes that will remove sin in one day.  Zechariah 3: 9
    1. These are the eyes of the LORD which range to and fro throughout the earth     Zechariah 3:9
  5. God doesn’t need light because even darkness is not dark to him and night is as bright as the day Psalm 139: 12
    1. This lighting was a symbol that his light will fill the earth.
  6. His ministers are ministers of fire Hebrews 1: 7
    1. Dedication of the Levites to serve the Lord.  5 – 26

2. The Second Passover Numbers 9

  1. They have been out of Egypt for 1 year.
  2. Some men are unclean because of a dead person Vs 6
    1. They took it to the Lord as a question.  Vs 9 – 12
    2. God instructed them to have another passover one month later.
  3. Great truth that every little detail matters in our lives
    1. These people lived as examples so we would know how to serve God.
  4. Two people were unclean for a Passover when they took Jesus body down from the cross.  Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea.
    1. They celebrated the passover the next month.
    2. Under the same rules of not breaking a bone and not leaving it until the next day Vs 12
      1. Jesus bones were not broken
      2. They made sure to get him down from the cross and in the tomb before the next day.

3. The Cloud and Trumpets

  1. A cloud by day and fire by night 15 – 23
  2. Trumpets to sound the moving of the congregation and a reminder of the covenant.
  3. Both point to Messiah
    1. Jesus transfigured and covered by a cloud.
    2. Jesus stated that they would see the son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory Luke 21: 27
    3. Jesus ascended into heaven and disappeared into a cloud.
    4. John stated he will come in a cloud and every eye will see him.
    5. Voice of messiah like a great trumpet Revelation 1: 10

4. Three Day Journey and Confrontation. 10: 33 – 11: 35

  1. The congregation moves for three days and camps. Vs 33
    1. Death and resurrection of Jesus
    2. Came to a place of rest.
    3. Words of Aaron Arise oh Lord and let your enemies be scattered! Let them flee before you. Night, Return O Lord to the countless thousands of Israel.
  2. Time of decision with the resurrection.
    1. People complain about their diet. Appetite gone all we have is this manna. Vs 6
      1. Give us meatVs13 word for meat is flesh
    2. It was a common prophecy that the Messiah would come he would bring manna back to the people.
      1. Jesus does this by feeding the 5000 with five loaves and two fish.  He is able to feed us
      2. When people want another meal, he tells them “I am the living bread that came down out of heaven” John 6: 51
      3. Like in the wilderness, they rejected Jesus and wanted something to satisfy their flesh.
        1. John 6: 63 the flesh profited little.
    3. This is test number 9.  They only have one more chance to trust God and they are going to die in the wilderness.
  3. Messiah doesn’t reject them over this, He pours His spirit on them.
    1. This does not apply that the Holy Spirit had not come to them before this.  Prophets spoke by the spirit of God 1 Peter 1: 11
    2. Many people full of the Spirit of God.  David Elisha etc.
    3. This is a pouring upon all of them.
      1. Pour out my spirit on all flesh Joel 2: 28
      2. I will put my spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statues. and you will be careful to obey My ordinances Ezekiel 36: 27
    4. Authority over 70 elders comes.
      1. This is the Sanhedrin  “The scribes and Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses; therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do  not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them.” Matthew 23: 23
        1. Two others prophesy longer than the others.  Eldad and Medad Vs 26
          1. Targum states they called forth quail and told of the rise of Joshua as a leader

5. One more challenge  Numbers 12

  1. Challenge to Moses Leadership
  2. Started over his cushier wife.  Vs 1
  3. Real problem is that God is speaking through Moses instead of them
    1. Careful in jealousy over ministry of others.
  4. God confronts
    1. Go to the tabernacle.
    2. Lord angry with them.
    3. Leprosy on Miriam (only reason not on Aaron is he is the priest)
    4. God’s grace as they waited for her. (they moved with the cloud so the cloud did not move)