Some of the people came to Moses with a 'what if' question. It concerned the passover and whether one who had been defiled(touched or been near) by a dead body. Should they observe the passover or not?
The answer was yes.
v10"..If any man of you or of your posterity shall be unclean by reason of a dead body, or be in a journey afar off, yet he shall keep the passover unto the Lord."
It occurred on the fourteenth day of the second month. v11
This passage of Moses speaking "stand still" reminds me of another passage In Exodus:
"And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see he salvation of the Lord,..."
The people are in a bad spot, it appears, with water before them and the army behind them. But Moses says to 'stand still'. Wait on the Lord.
II Chronicles 20:15 - 17 " Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed... v16 Tomorrow go ye down against them... v17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you..."
All battles are not ours to fight.Some the Lord takes care of all by himself. v15 "...for the battle is not yours, but God's."
Samuel talking to Saul in 1 Samuel 9:27 "...but stand still a while, that I may show thee the word of God."
We often get all in a whirl when trouble comes. It is not always because we have made a mistake. Really, it may be because we are doing something for the Lord that the battle comes. Satan does not like it when we do something that causes someone to come to the Lord. He will launch an attack to stop us. Sometimes it is us or a loved one or our job or money problems. We need to 'stand still' and see what God will do.
Reference Romans 5:2, 14:4 I cor 2:5, 16:13 Galatians 5:1, Ephesians 6:13
Ephesians 6:13 "Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand. v14 Stand therefore..."
It seems that although we are not to be often idle. It is also our place to stand and be a witness as the Lord fights the battles that are too much for us. Stand Still.
We should note that when the cloud was upon the tabernacle the people stayed where they were (rested), when the cloud moved from off the tabernacle the people journeyed. v21.
Psalm 104:32 "He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke."