The word “observe” can mean to simply “notice” something or it can mean “to fulfill or comply with”. It is this latter meaning that is the predominant way in which the word is used in the Bible.
In Numbers (I know, one of your favorite chapters, right!?), God lays out an opportunity for those who were not able to participate in the regular Passover to have a second chance to participate in another Passover a month later (Did you know there were two Passovers?).
If you read Numbers 9:4-5, 9-12 you will notice the word “observe” (HCSB translation) five times. God says observe…observe…observe…observe…observe…observe. And then there’s all those pesky little prepositions like “on”, “at”, “in”, “with”.
God is pretty intent on one thing in this passage – that His people fully participate in (“comply with” from our earlier definition) the Passover celebration. This “command” (verse 5) is so important to God he allows a second chance (makes a “way”) for those who are “disqualified” from participating the first time it’s celebrated.
Are you observing “everything (verse 5) God has “commanded” you to do?
Let’s get back to the basics – actually obey what we know – and then God will show us the next step.