July 24, 2020

Numbers 14:26-end—Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the Lord, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you:  The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above.  Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun, you shall by no means enter the land which I [g]swore I would make you dwell in. But your little ones, whom you said would-be victims, I will bring in, and they shall [h]know the land which you have despised.  But as for you, your[i carcasses shall fall in this wilderness.  And your sons shall be [j]shepherds in the wilderness forty years and bear the brunt of your infidelity until your carcasses are consumed in the wilderness.  According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, for each day you shall bear your [k]guilt one year, namely forty years, and you shall know My [l]rejection.  I the Lord have spoken this. I will surely do so to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me. In this wilderness, they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.’ ”

This section detailed the death sentence of the ten men that brought the evil report, and all those that complained against Him from 20 years old and above but their little ones were spared. The LORD said, just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you.” To round up this chapter, I want us to consider the thoughts of our hearts and the words of our mouth, do they align with the will of the LORD. Are we positive thinkers? Proverbs 18:21 says “Death and Life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. ” This is a demonstration of the power of the tongue and what they have spoken was what happened to them. The two men that spoke life were allowed to enter and dwell in the promised land. They and their children inherited the promised land.  I hope the lessons I am learning in these passages are being shared with you too. You never know the way God judges what is not pleasing to HIm. The unfortunate thing is that all the children of Israel shared in the punishment because they were made to wander in the wilderness for 40 years, each year representing one day they spied the land. They wandered until all that generation perished and their carcasses were laid waste in the wilderness. It pays to do good than to do evil. The consequences of sin are too much to bear. Throughout the scriptures, we see this trend and it is alarming how many of us know this truth and still commit sin. Paul declared in Romans 6:23 “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Who knows whether the situation we are in now is caused by our own lifestyle that has provoked God to action. Are we giving Him the attention that He desires even with all that is going on? We have prayed for mercy and forgiveness, but are we genuinely converted? Have we considered the power in our tongue when we promised at the beginning of the year that we will change our ways, yet we have done nothing about it? Do we still use our mouth to curse instead of blessing people? Out of anger do we promise never to forgive that person that wronged us? Let us examine our thoughts and actions, and return to God because he will abundantly pardon. May the LORD answer us when we call in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!

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