The Penalty For Israels Rebellion

The story is told of a group of people in Kansas who after a long drought came together to pray for rain. As they met, they discovered only one young gal had brought an umbrella with her. (Source unknown). … More

Faith

God makes it clear to the Israelites that the whole generation which came up to Kadesh-barnea and turned back in unbelief will die (vv. 32-35). Only two men of the old generation will be permitted to enter the promised land. They are Joshua and Caleb (vv. 36-38). They were different than the other spies because they believed God and brought back an accurate and good report. Caleb walked up and down the land and claimed the land where the giants lived. “This is what I want,” he said, and God gave it to him for an inheritance. He says that Joshua will also go in (v. 38).

We should be asking our self what we want of God. If we think we can sit on the sidelines and get it we are wrong. There is a great deal said in the Scriptures about the Christian’s walk and very little said about the Christian’s sitting down. Joshua became the leader to succeed Moses because he was a man of experience and a man who wholly followed God. Faith was the essential thing.

Some of these folk who entered the land were teenagers at Kadesh-barnea. God set the age at 20, and all from twenty years old and upward died in the wilderness. The older generation did not want to enter the land because they feared for their children’s safety (v. 39). They were really insulting God by saying that He didn’t care for their children. Now, it is that generation of young people who have come to the border of the land and are ready to enter. It is to them that Moses is speaking. Finally those over 20 realize they have sinned and if they turn back they will face the wilderness so they decide to go into the Promised Land after all (vv. 40-41). God warned them not to do this because they were motivated by fear and not by faith but they went ahead any way and were defeated vv. 42-43). They wept not because they disobeyed God but because the Amorites chased them (vv. 44-46).

God makes it clear to the Israelites that the whole generation which came up to Kadesh-barnea and turned back in unbelief will die (vv. 32-35). Only two men of the old generation will be permitted to enter the promised land. They are Joshua and Caleb (vv. 36-38). They were different than the other spies because they believed God and brought back an accurate and good report. Caleb walked up and down the land and claimed the land where the giants lived. “This is what I want,” he said, and God gave it to him for an inheritance. He says that Joshua will also go in (v. 38).

We should be asking our self what we want of God. If we think we can sit on the sidelines and get it we are wrong. There is a great deal said in the Scriptures about the Christian’s walk and very little said about the Christian’s sitting down. Joshua became the leader to succeed Moses because he was a man of experience and a man who wholly followed God. Faith was the essential thing.

Some of these folk who entered the land were teenagers at Kadesh-barnea. God set the age at 20, and all from twenty years old and upward died in the wilderness. The older generation did not want to enter the land because they feared for their children’s safety (v. 39). They were really insulting God by saying that He didn’t care for their children. Now, it is that generation of young people who have come to the border of the land and are ready to enter. It is to them that Moses is speaking. Finally those over 20 realize they have sinned and if they turn back they will face the wilderness so they decide to go into the Promised Land after all (vv. 40-41). God warned them not to do this because they were motivated by fear and not by faith but they went ahead any way and were defeated vv. 42-43). They wept not because they disobeyed God but because the Amorites chased them (vv. 44-46).

Application

If I want God’s blessing I must step out in faith for Him, not because I have to but because I want to. I think there is a very fine line between true faith and presumption like the Israelites had.

Deuteronomy 1:32-46 (English Standard Version)

Yet in spite of this word you did not believe the LORD your God, who went before you in the way to seek you out a place to pitch your tents, in fire by night and in the cloud by day, to show you by what way you should go. "And the LORD heard your words and was angered, and he swore, 'Not one of these men of this evil generation shall see the good land that I swore to give to your fathers, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh. He shall see it, and to him and to his children I will give the land on which he has trodden, because he has wholly followed the LORD!' Even with me the LORD was angry on your account and said, 'You also shall not go in there. Joshua the son of Nun, who stands before you, he shall enter. Encourage him, for he shall cause Israel to inherit it. And as for your little ones, who you said would become a prey, and your children, who today have no knowledge of good or evil, they shall go in there. And to them I will give it, and they shall possess it. But as for you, turn, and journey into the wilderness in the direction of the Red Sea.' "Then you answered me, 'We have sinned against the LORD. We ourselves will go up and fight, just as the LORD our God commanded us.' And every one of you fastened on his weapons of war and thought it easy to go up into the hill country. And the LORD said to me, 'Say to them, Do not go up or fight, for I am not in your midst, lest you be defeated before your enemies.' So I spoke to you, and you would not listen; but you rebelled against the command of the LORD and presumptuously went up into the hill country. Then the Amorites who lived in that hill country came out against you and chased you as bees do and beat you down in Seir as far as Hormah. And you returned and wept before the LORD, but the LORD did not listen to your voice or give ear to you. So you remained at Kadesh many days, the days that you remained there."

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