“And it came to pass, when the ark set forward, that Moses said, ‘Rise up, LORD, and let Thine enemies be scattered; and let them that hate Thee flee before Thee.’ And when it rested, he said, ‘Return, O LORD, unto the many thousands of Israel.'” Numbers 10:35-36 (KJB)
The children of Israel never departed the place where they camped until the cloud moved from over the tabernacle in the wilderness. The cloud was the presence of the LORD who had given them instruction as to when to stay put, and when to go.
We have no account of them ever straying from this command. They did from other commands, but this is one they must have obeyed.
In the world of 2018 we have professing Christians, God’s people of this day, who are restless and disobedient to God’s calling and direction; going their own way, doing their own thing, and do not have a clue as to what it means to “Wait on the LORD”. Waiting on the LORD is not disobedience, but obedience. Obedience is not about doing nothing. It is about fulfilling the will of God in and for our lives.
The statement of Moses in our verses is a prayer calling for the LORD to be strong in their journey’s and to show the enemy of God and His people who is the real power and authority – “Rise up, LORD, and let Your enemies be scattered…” Let them be scattered before God as well as His people as they journey; “…And let them that hate thee flee before You”.
There are many people who want us to believe that God has no enemies. There is no one who hates God. What about those who want to remove the cross from every site where graduations, or some civil ceremonies are held? Wanting to remove the cross is a sign of their hatred for God, His love, His mercy, and His grace.
Do Christians, does the Church of Jesus Christ have the right and the power to pray this prayer of Moses in the world of 2018? Most definitely, we do. I believe we have the obligation to not only pray that prayer, but to also live it out.
Jesus told us to love our enemy, and pray for them (Matthew 5:43-44). Yes! We can pray for our enemies. We can pray for God to overthrow them, their arrogance, their pride, and their sin and hate for Him. When they turn to the Lord through the cross of Jesus His death, burial, and resurrection then God has gotten the victory.
When GOD moves we are to move with Him. Let us be ever diligent to listen to His Holy Spirit within us, and move with Him.