THE BOOK OF NUMBERS. Arrested Progress.

Would you mind continuing to read the book of Numbers chapters 15-20.

This book could be called..

“The book of Arrested Progress”
These chapters cover an actual period
of thirty-eight years.

This delay-period marks the transition from the old generation to the new. It begins after the KADASH REVOLT and ends in the year of Aaron’s death.

It took lsrael only forty hours to get out of Egypt; but it took forty years to get Egypt out of lsrael!!”

Within two years the people were at Kardesh-barnea, the gate of Canaan.

Thirty eight years later they were at the same place again! This was a consequence of their disobedience.

They knew what God had commanded. They said hastily,

“All you command we will do.”

They were full of zeal as they had witnessed the great deliverance, and they were ready to take that step of faith into the land of Promise,

until …. They Saw It!!

It was a very good land; but they saw the giants and the walled cities; they imagined their enemies and feared the persecution, the scoffing, and isolation. It was a path not yet trod.
But too difficult to face!

So they decided. “We will not go up.”

Are you at a place in your life where you feel defeated. You’ve lost your zeal and are dissatisfied and discontented?

There is an emptiness that the world cannot fulfil? What can you do?

Go back to the place where you disobeyed God!

Confess your sin and take up the life of obedience once more. You may not be able to pick up the pieces and start over again, but Jesus promises a new life, an abundant life.

Joy, power and the peace that progress brings, will soon be yours once again.

The word “wander” as prophesied by God is translated literally in the Hebrew “Shall Pasture for forty years.

Coupled with judgement the Lord would still shepherd them. Here we see the goodness and the severity of God.

That time in the wilderness was a complete hold up of God’s purposes for lsrael and a gap in history. These people excommunicated themselves from the heritage of lsrael.

This time, the Lord does not plague them to destruction, but fulfilled the words of their own mouths.

Would we had died in the wilderness” Num 14:2.

They must die, maybe before their time!

Let us be very careful at what we say over ourselves. Do not speak words of death .. rather speak words of life. Best of all speak..”The Word of Life.”(The Bible)

Allow me to suggest some life words for you to speak over yourself.

“Through Jesus, l can do this!”

“By His stripes I was healed!”

“He will supply all my needs!”

“I shall live and not die and declare the Works of the Lord!”

“Because the Lord is my Shepherd,
how can I lack any good thing?”

“I love to read my Bible!”

Things will change as you speak life
words over yourself and others.”

Jesus said, “Bless those who that curse you, and say all manner of evil against you.”

There is so much power in blessing others. Jesus and God backs you up and the Holy Spirit makes it happen.

Become an encourager today!

Amen.

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