Summary of passage: The cloud and glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle once it was completed and no one could enter. Whenever the cloud lifted, the Israelites would continue their journey. If the cloud stayed, they stayed. The cloud was over the tabernacle by day and fire by night during all the Israelites travels.
11a) The cloud controlled when the Israelites moved and when they camped. When the cloud covered the tabernacle, the Israelites stayed put. When the cloud lifted, the Israelites broke camp and moved towards the Promised Land.
b) It provided shade for the people in the hot, desert climate. It kept them from moving when their enemies may have been moving about so they didn’t run into anyone.
c) Personal Question. My answer: Many times we have moved, always with a purpose. I complied although begrudgingly. We were protected and we served Him. Now as we move from rental to rental it’s with a purpose as well.
12a) He promises to guide us in His truth. To have the light of the world (Jesus) to follow. He guides us through His word. He guides us when we ask Him through prayer. He gives us the Holy Spirit within which guides us. He anoints pastors and other Bible leaders to provide leadership and guidance as well in our lives.
b) Personal Question. My answer: He guides me continually when I read His word with sound advice and things I need to pray about. It’s constant for me.
c) He uses other people to guide others through Godly-advice or wisdom. He performs miracles in answer to prayer. He closes doors when it’s not His will and opens them when it is His will.
Conclusions: The Numbers passage only expounds on this passage.
My take away: God is always with us through the power of the Holy Spirit. He is just a prayer away. He is always there when no one else is. Take advantage of God’s closeness and use Him. That’s what He wants us to do!