God really likes to talk about Passover, I mean, really, really, really, REALLY likes it. He first explained the celebration in detail even before the actual event happened, and he’s been re-explaining it ever since. So, it shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that he’s going to explain it again in Numbers 9:1-5. Once more, we’re told that it occurs on the fourteenth day of the first month.
Now the interesting thing, is that we’re given a point in time when God made this announcement, and it occurred on the first month of the second year since the Exodus. Which means that this isn’t just a re-telling of an earlier event, God is actually reminding the Israelites to keep Passover! I imagine the conversation went something like this:
God: Moses! On the fourteenth day of the first month, you must celebrate Passover!
Moses: Uh, yes. We know. We’ve been doing that for the past two years. This will be our third Passover.
God: Good, good. Now you be sure to keep my rules and everything.
Moses: We did the last two years, didn’t we?
God: Yes, you did. I just felt like reminding you again.
Moses: Thanks for that.
God: I won’t repeat all the rules, because you already know all about Passover.
Moses: Yup, so why are you reminding me?
God: By the way, thou shalt not kill!
Moses: Are you almost done? I’ve got some baby animals to murder.
After that, we’re old that the Israelites followed God’s rules. Boooring.
Since most of Numbers so far has been either long unimportant lists or repeats of earlier books, we’re making short work of the chapters. We’re already a quarter of the way through the book!