Recap: After being told from the Lord, “I will give you the land…” the men still made their own conclusion. Wait, let me get this straight. This generation saw the Lord battle 10 Egyptian gods, part the Red Sea, provide manna, speak to Moses, provide water…..and they think He cannot handle walking into a promise He has been making for 500 years!
Chapter 14: The voices of 10 men influenced the opinions of the ones listening. (Stop and PLEASE think about that) Complaining and negatively effect those listening, and could change their actions. When the Lord looks down on you, who are you?
- The 10 men
- The group listening and agreeing without first hand knowledge
- Caleb or Joshua
God is going to strike all of them with a plague and start over, but Moses loves Him so much and says
15 If you put all these people to death, leaving none alive, the nations who have heard this report about you will say, 16 ‘The Lord was not able to bring these people into the land he promised them on oath, so he slaughtered them in the wilderness.’
God agrees to not kill the people outright and harm His reputation but will keep them in the wilderness until they all die and can be replaced by their children. He refuses to reward rebellion and lack of trust. If He did, it would send a wrong message to the world about his character and holiness.
Last month I said I look for something new I have never read before and when I do it hits me hard…it is 14:20! I think I get so wrapped up in the story that only Caleb and Joshua from this generation will enter the Promise Land, I glazed over something so important
“I have forgiven them…Nevertheless….”
So much to think about today….
I have to get ready for church, so I will pull out one paragraph: Tassels. I love that we are told to have visual reminders to remember God’s commandments and promises. For those of you who don’t know me, I live in the South, the “land flowing with scriptures painted on wood”.
- Reminder or just decorative? Walk around your house and find a scripture somewhere and really think about how much you trust it! Are you the 2 or the 10?
- AND if you do not have anything like this in your house then you need to go to Hobby Lobby some time this week! Ha! You like how I made that a need not a want. JK
So evidently the Psalms are not just from David. 90-106 Are from the prayers of Moses.
Since you are all killing me with quietness: I want you to find the scripture in this Psalm that spoke to you today and note it in comments.