Wilderness Christians: RESPONSES TO DISCOURAGING REPORTS IN THE WILDERNESS (Part 2)
Numbers 14:1-3 – “And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would God we had died in the wilderness! And wherefore hath the Lord brought us into this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? Were it not better for us to return into Egypt”?
The key point in these verses are the children of Israel ALL CRIED that night. Then they had the audacity to blame God for their problem. What a bunch of babies! Cry! Cry! Cry! They really never desired Canaan; they only desired Egypt and its bondage. Like Adam, they wanted to be their own gods apart from the true God. Is this not satanic? Give these babies their baby bottles. These Israelites were big-time whiners. This is so obvious. How do I know? Because I was a big, crybaby whiner for 17 years. This is the characteristic of a carnal, wilderness Christian. I am an expert on wilderness Christianity. To put it very simply and candidly, all carnal, wilderness Christians ever do is cry. For this very reason, Numbers 14:1 is an excellent example of wilderness Christians.
Do you see how easily a believer can backslide? With countless evidence of the love and grace of God revealed, the believer hardens his heart and retreats into a backslidden life in the wilderness. Quite incredible, but very true and very sad. How the heart of God must be very deeply grieved when His children openly reject His love and choose instead to backslide into a sinful life in the wilderness! How obvious that wilderness Christians somehow always blame God for their problems! O, Lord, I thank you so much for Your grace for plucking me out of 17 years in the wilderness. I thank you now for keeping me and satisfying me all these remaining years. To You goes all the glory!
Numbers 14:3-4 – “And wherefore hath the Lord brought us into this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? Were it not better for us to return into Egypt? And they said to one another, LET US MAKE A CAPTAIN, AND LET US RETURN TO EGYPT”.
The main point in these verses is the focus on the children of Israel’s questions and proposal concerning Egypt. First, they questioned the validity and the attractiveness to return to Egypt. I am so shocked as I write this that anyone could be so dumb. But, the story is true and accurate; and God has personally shown me many very dumb mistakes I have made as a Christian. Yes, you and I are very capable of making dumb mistakes. Thank God for His mercy, grace, and forgiveness.
Then they had the audacity to plot to overthrow Moses and select a new leader – a leader to lead them back to Egypt. Maybe they had constructed another golden calf and hid it in one of their tents. Obviously this conspiracy was planned for a very lengthy time. How evil one can become! Jesus did say that without Him we can do nothing. We are all evil by nature, born separated from the Spirit of God. Therefore, because of this evil, sinful nature, one is capable of any type of sin at any given time. Again, thank God for His mercy and grace.
Anyway, is it not remarkable how evil they had become? Who did they really have in their mind to replace Moses? Obviously someone who shared their evil, sinful desires of Egypt. Do you see how Satan would have basically become captain? They reject God; therefore, ignorantly and very blindly, they select Satan. Do you see how a crowd like this becomes breeding grounds for demons to become exalted through works of the flesh? Carnal Christians always strive for Egypt, their unsaved days. They basically pursue it at any cost, choosing Captain Satan to lead them on.
Seriously consider their proposal to return to Egypt. One can raise immediate questions to poke holes in this ridiculous thought.
- Would Pharoah receive them as the father saw his prodigal son upon his coming home? Luke 15:20-24 – “And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost and is found”.
- Would Pharoah rush with compassion to embrace them? “Welcome home, my sons!”
- Would Pharoah permit them to remain free?
- Was Pharoah preparing to throw a feast?
O, he would throw a feast for sure. They would be the sacrifice. Pharoah would exclaim “Let us throw a feast; for my son was alive and has returned to death again”. Yes, death in the bondage of slavery and taskmasters – the influences of hell.
Let us be real, brethren. When you retreat to Egypt, you retreat into the hateful arms of Satan, not the loving arms of your Father. What the heck of a life are you living now? How blind has the dumb prince of darkness made you, that you strongly desire the lusts of Egyptian sin? You complain and cry constantly that the Christian life is too difficult. Wake up and realize for His sake. The Christian life is not difficult to live. It is impossible to live. Why? Because the Christian life is not an it. The Christian life is a person, the Living God. Jesus is your new life. This new life is to be lived in Canaan, neither in Egypt nor in the wilderness. Only Christ can live the Christian life through you, as much as you permit Him to. You are to rest in His love. The Christian life then becomes a joy, not a burden, as you continue to grow and rest in His love. He takes over.
Please realize in all simplicity that the choice is yours. You either rest in His love or you wander in the wilderness. When you wander, you reject God and meander back toward Egypt – back through the wilderness of drought, death, and demons. Your choice! Choose life or death as your spiritual choice. If you choose life, you proceed through the cross DAILY and rise DAILY to a new life in Christ through His resurrection. I Corinthians 15:54-57 – “…Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”. If you choose death, your unsaved spiritual father, the father of all lies, is awaiting in the wilderness with his open arms of hate, pride, and all remaining lustful desires of your flesh. He is preparing a feast and you will be the sacrifice. Again your choice! It is a choice IN YOUR MIND. I sincerely pray you choose life. God bless you.
Brethren, I only know to make this point simple. I have laid it out that a five-year old can understand. Please open your heart as a child so the Holy Spirit can make these points more real and understandable in your daily walk. My heart is deeply grieved for all who read this and reject it. Please do not be among that number. God bless you again and always.
For you, never drop your spiritual guard. Maintain your deep, intimate love with Christ. He will protect you very effectively from these types of temptations.
– excerpts from Out Of Gas? Never With Jesus by Bob Bennett from http://www.LifeUnderGrace.com