July 23, 2020

Numbers 14:14-25– Moses pleaded with the LORD for mercy just as he did the first time on the Mount Sinai, and I will write the tail end of his prayer and the LORD’s response which goes thus: “Pardon the iniquity of this people, I pray, according to the greatness of Your mercy, just as You have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now. Then the LORD said, “I have pardoned, according to your word; but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD because all these men who have seen My glory and the signs which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have put Me to the test now these ten times, and have not heeded My voice, they certainly shall not see the land of which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who rejected Me see it.  But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it”

Today we will consider the few that are faithful. Out of twelve men that went into the land, only two saw things differently. Everything the ten men saw and brought back evil reports was the same thing they saw but brought back encouraging reports. These two were convinced that seeing all that God had done in the past, He is able to fight the battle for them, and they will go in the power of His might to defeat the giants and take the land from them. These two people were the only ones that followed the LORD FULLY, and they had their reward because their descendants also took part in the blessings as the LORD promised. Think about the words of Jesus on the sermon of the mount  (Matthew 7::13-14) where He proclaimed “Enter by the narrow gate for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” What happened among the people of Israel is the same common problem that we are still facing today. Many people join the crowd so as to belong. They are easily carried away by their sweet talk without thinking of the consequences of their actions. The children of Israel are the people of God that are supposed to be witnesses of God’s power and might which He demonstrated in Egypt, in the Red Sea, in the wilderness and in all the miraculous provision of their needs. These ten men led the entire nation to destruction and they all wasted away in the wilderness together with their descendants., but the two men, Caleb and Joshua maintained their loyalty to the LORD, took the narrow way though the place might be filled with giants, they trusted God that He would lead them to the promised land.

We saw the reaction of God towards these ten men and all those that agreed with them. We also read the advice of our Lord Jesus Christ concerning the choices we make on a daily basis. It is left to us to consider our ways and make the choice that leads to life eternal (everlasting). It is here that we can work the work of the kingdom, there is no turn around across the bridge. It was too late for the ten men to change the verdict. The LORD says yes I pardoned them but they will not enter into the land. The LORD had spoken, the JUDGE had passed the sentence and there is nothing Moses could do. So also if you walk in a way that is not pleasing unto Him, though you go to church and read the Bible and you don’t fear the LORD and obey His commandments, I am sorry, you will not be able to beg Him on the other end. Let us walk circumspectly. Let us walk soberly. Let us examine ourselves on a daily basis. Let us repent from our evil ways and follow Him fully like Caleb and Joshua. The LORD does not want any of us to perish but to have everlasting life. Wherever you see the majority, you need to think twice, because they might be heading for destruction. Narrow is the gate, so let your conscience lead you, focus on the Author and Finisher of your faith and it shall be well with you. Remain blessed!!!

 

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