Daily D – Numbers 10:35-36
Numbers 10:35, 36
Whenever the ark set out, Moses said,
“Rise up, LORD!
May your enemies be scattered;
may your foes flee before you.”
Whenever it came to rest, he said,
“Return, LORD, to the countless thousands of Israel.”
(New International Version)
Get up, GOD!
Put down your enemies!
Chase those who hate you to the hills!
And when the Chest was set down, he would say,
Rest with us, GOD,
Stay with the many,
Many thousands of Israel.
Here we have invocation and benediction. Step back a chapter to see the setting. Numbers 9 tells how the decisions were made regarding when to move out and when to stop. Verses 17 and 18 give us the relevant details:
whenever the cloud settled, the Israelites encamped.
At the LORD’s command the Israelites set out, and at his command they encamped.
As long as the cloud stayed over the tabernacle, they remained in camp.
They obeyed the LORD’s order, in accordance with his command through Moses.
Many cultures give significant attention to leaving and arriving. Consider the terms Vaya con Dios (which this app keeps changing to Jaya) and Beinvenidos. Vaya con Dios means Go with God. Bienvenidos means Welcome. Go to the roots of these expressions and see them for the invocation and benediction they are.
Like Moses and Israel in the wilderness, we do not want to go anywhere without God. We want his provision, his guidance, and his protection.
When we bless friends with Welcome, we are declaring how we hope their trip was a good and God-blessed journey.
Years ago, I read about a woman who was highly regarded for the parties she hosted. She made everyone feel special with two simple phrases. When someone arrived she said, “At last! You’re here!” And when someone left she said, “You’re leaving so soon?”
Journeys are often more interesting than destinations. There was a day some years ago when my trip to Vancouver took me first to Seattle. From there, a tiny airplane took me the rest of the way. We took off in a dense fog. It took a while to rise above it. Looking down upon it, it looked like giant cotton balls stuck to a map.
This fog was dense and unmoving. We entered it again as we went in to land. We descended for a long time. We were completely blind as to how close we were to the ground right up until that moment when we hit it.
Our long-delayed thirty-fifth anniversary trip to Italy included a return flight over the Swiss Alps early in the morning. All we could see in any direction were mountain peaks covered in snow.
I could go on. So could you.
Where are you bound today? Who will you see? Life may well grow richer and fuller if we learn to seek God’s direction before we set out and seek his presence when we arrive. May we bless our friends and family when we leave and when we arrive. May we take time to experience God in all of our departures and arrivals.
I will live with ever-greater intention regarding departures, arrivals, and the joy of the journey.
Our Father, I want to go with you. Lead the way. Direct my steps all along the way. Bless me and make me a blessing in all of my departures and arrivals. Amen.
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Psalm 32:7-9 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Interlude The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
Exodus 39:42, 43 So the people of Israel followed all of the Lord’s instructions to Moses. Then Moses inspected all their work. When he found it had been done just as the Lord had commanded him, he blessed them.
Exodus 33:13 “If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. And remember that this nation is your very own people.”
Exodus 31:1-5 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft!”