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Bible Commentaries

Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible

Numbers 9

Verses 1-23

As the time approached for entry to the land, the Passover feast was to be observed In the arrangements now made, the sweet reasonableness of the government under which the people lived was manifested. Certain men were unable to participate in the feast because of having become defiled and others because of distance from camp. For all such a special provision was made in a second observance of the Passover a month after the regular one.

When everything was ready, the hosts awaited only the divine Will which was to be made known through the cloud. There was to be no movement of the people save in response to the movement of the cloud. It was at once a beneficent and drastic provision. No responsibility rested on the people save that of obedience. They were not called on to consider the time or direction of their march, but it is equally true they were not permitted to object or delay. All of which served to keep the fact of the sovereign authority of Jehovah perpetually before them.

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Morgan, G. Campbell. "Commentary on Numbers 9". "Morgan's Exposition on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gcm/numbers-9.html. 1857-84.