THE BOOK OF NUMBERS. A melting moment!

THE TWELVE SPIES.

THE TRAGEDY OF MURMURING. As we we have observed that the complaining is steadily growing worse as Israel progress on their journey toward Canaan. The people had been failing bit by bit before.

How often we look upon grumbling as a “little sin” and when we check ourselves we find how completely it possesses us.

We find fault in almost everything we see.

The weather is bad, the coffee is too strong, the meal is half cold, the vegetables are still too raw.

Then, there is that person, who rubs us the the wrong way.

Then there are bad drivers at whom you shout, swear and curse!
blah..blah!

Then there is our poor health !

“Oh me .. oh my .. l am so sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

Sickness can be a way of manipulation of other people to gain their attention and have your own way.

So we complain, mumble and grumble about everything that irritates us.

Trace lsrael’s downward course in the book of Numbers.

1. From discontent to lust.

2. Despising the Lord, speaking against His servants.

3. Provoking, tempting and doubting God.

4. Presumption, discouragement and striving with, and speaking against God.

5. And at last, gross immorality and idolatry.

The Lord reminds us in Phil 2:14, “DO ALL THINGS WITHOUT MURMURING, (Complaining) OR ARGUING AMONGST YOURSELVES ”

You must know that complaining will stop you from accomplishing anything by speaking words of faith. Complaining cancels miracles, visions and dreams and even ruin reputations of great men of God.

WHAT HAPPENED AT KADASH?

Spies are sent out for forty days to view the land. They all agree that it is a good land .. but, ten say that to conquer it, is impossible. The other two Caleb and Joshua tell them..

“DO NOT BE AFRAID, THE LORD IS WITH US
LET’S GO NOW AND POSSESS IT.”

Joshua and Caleb saw with the eyes of faith, but the ten saw with the eyes of the flesh! They said,

“There are giants in the land .. and we are as grasshoppers compared to them!”

We know the outcome .. Israel disbelieved, then rebelled, and wanted to stone Caleb and Joshua! Num 14:10.
Then they suggested the appointment of a new leader, as even Moses was unsuitable.

The new leader would take them back to Egypt. Num14: 4. (remember all they did when they were back in Egypt .. was to complain!)

Then in a Mighty Melting Moment for Israel.

GOD STEPPED IN!

(This was the tenth time they grumbled.)

JUDGEMENT FELL .. Moses interceded, yet judgement is still imposed.

Read chpt 14:11-20. All those who murmured against God, from twenty years old and upward ‘could not’ enter the land flowing with milk and honey.

The gate was shut forever!! by the Lord, and not one foot would step upon that soil at all .. only Joshua and Caleb would enter, Israel were devastated.

It was too late!!

The tragic truth is .. that they were so close to entering in!

A short walk and they would have arrived!

Now a whole generation must die off in the wilderness, wandering about, for forty years, not getting anywhere!

What can we learn from Israel?

Unbelief defeats those who refuse to Believe!

I really like this poem.

TEN men who failed to see God,
Saw cities impregnably high;

TWO men “looking off” unto God, Saw doom for those cities draw nigh.

TEN men who failed to see God,
Saw giants affrightingly tall.

TWO men “looking off” unto God
Saw giants as grasshoppers small.

TEN men who failed to see God,
Reported,” We are certain to fail”;

TEN men who failed to see God,
Discouraged their brother men;

TWO men perceived GOD EVERYWHERE;

ARE YOU OF THE TWO..OR THE TEN?

J.S. Baxter.

Amen.

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