Numbers 14:1-4–The chapter begins with “And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness! And wherefore hath the Lord brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt? And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.”
The evil report had turned the whole of Israel into a pandemonium. People crying and regretting leaving Egypt, and wanted to make a captain that will return them into Egypt. What a shame! All the effort of Caleb and Joshua did not yield any positive result. As a matter of fact they did not want to hear them as they started to stone them. They did not believe anymore that God had plan for them. They wanted to go back to bondage and slavery. Satan has been at war with the people God created right from the garden of Eden. Satan messed up the fellowship God had with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. He is always after God’s people. He sowed the seed of unbelief into the heart of the ten spies and they gave in to the lie of the devil by thinking that God cannot take them to the promised land. He always wants to discredit God in whichever way he can. He succeeded with the ten spies and of course with the remaining congregation, because they too could not put into remembrance the past miracles God had done in their midst. In many ways God proved to them that He is “the I AM that I AM”, the MIGHTY MAN OF WAR, who never loses any battle. Unfortunately the deed is done. .This caused Moses and Aaron to lay on the ground faced down before the congregation, and God had to appear to them in anger, even wanting to destroy them completely, but Moses prayed and asked for His forgiveness. He pardoned them but their punishment was 40 years of wandering in the wilderness until everyone that caused the problem died. The journey should have taken them days to enter the promised land.
James 4:7-8 says “ Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” Paul says we need to submit ourselves to God, that is, yielding ourselves completely by trusting Him no matter where He leads us. This is how we can resist the devil. Our hearts must focus on God and what He alone can do. We must not doubt (double-mindedness), because when we do we will not be able to receive anything from God. I wish the ten spies had declared that even if we are going to be killed by the giants, we don’t care, we will go since he commanded us to do so. Their story would have been different if they had stood up in faith to confront the giants, after all, the land was flowing with milk and honey. Knowing that the end of their rebellion was a pathetic story of wandering in the desert for 40 years until all those that rebelled against the LORD perished, we have a lot to learn from this situation and the punishment that awaits the unbelieving people.
John 3:17-18 says “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. Also Revelation 21:7-8 says “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 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.” To escape the judgment of God, we should take the warnings of the bible seriously, be the doer of the word, fear God and live according to His statutes and ordinances. May God be with us all. Amen!