Saturday, October 18, 2014

The 40 years of Wandering in the Wilderness 546 2 - 7

Jude 1:5  I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

I've stated before that either you trust in God or you don’t and do it your own way. It is very difficult for me to understand why the Israelite's kept doubting God’s Word! God had called down plague after plague on pharaoh and his people. God parted the Red Sea to allow the Israeli save passage and then closed it upon the Egyptians.

Before the Israelite's were to enter the Promised Land Moses sent in twelve spies, Caleb of the tribe of Judah, Joshua of the tribe of Ephraim and men from the other ten tribes. Upon their return Celeb and Joshua brought their good report, however, the other 10 spies were very fearful and murmured greatly. Numbers 13:32, “And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.”

Murmuring, not trusting God (disbelief) and being fearful, definitely on God’s list of no-no’s. Revelation 21:8, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Numbers 14:11-12, “And the Lord said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them? I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they.”

Moses connived God not to destroy the people. Rather God decreed that only those 20 years of age and younger and Celeb and Joshua would enter the Promised Land, as for the rest of the Israeli, Number 14:32, “But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness.”

Later the Israeli decided to do it their way and enter the Promise Land against the advice of Moses. Numbers 14:41-42, “And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the Lord? but it shall not prosper. Go not up, for the Lord is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies.” And smitten they were.

The parallel between the Israelite's and today is manifested in the great falling away, the apostasy so prevalent today. In addition to every moral depravity available on cable TV, the Christian channels seem to be catering to false teachers. Rather than being taught obedience most of the tele-evangelists seem to be of the name it and claim it ilk. There also seems to be an unholy marriage today between big business and politics where the “little guy” is being squeezed to death.

The signs of the end days are all around us but most people just don’t seem to want to do more than murmur about it. What’s needed is national repentance and a worldwide revival.
Hebrews 3 deals with the Israelite's not being allowed to enter God's rest due to the provocation found above in Numbers:

Hebrews 3:15-18, "While it is said, Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?"

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