Wilderness Christians: RESPONSES TO DISCOURAGING REPORTS IN THE WILDERNESS (Part 4)
God’s Decision – Part 2
Numbers 14:26-38 – “And the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron saying, How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against Me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me. Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the Lord, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you: Your carcases shall fall in the wilderness; and all that were numbered of you,…, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me. Doubtless ye shall not come into the land,…, save Caleb,…, and Joshua. But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised. But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness. And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness. After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise. I the Lord have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in the wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die. And the men, which Moses sent to search the land, who returned, and made all the congregation to murmur against him, by bringing up a slander upon the land. Even those men that did bring up the evil report upon the land, died by the plague before the Lord. But Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of the men that went to search the land, lived still”.
God will never overlook sin, but desires all to repent. This is the very depth of His love for us. In fact, sin is not even in His nature. He placed all our sins behind His back, laid on the cross of His Son Jesus, crucified to death forever. O how very grateful we must be and must express it.
Since we always possess a sinful nature, we continue to reap its consequences. Thus, our flesh nature only grows more. God will NEVER permit this. Read the above verses again and reflect how God dealt with His children in the wilderness.
God specifically states four times that the children of Israel shall die in the wilderness – their carcasses shall fall and waste away. You must be convinced that whenever Scripture reveals a point repeatedly, it is critical and invaluable to reflect on its spiritual significance. In the above Scripture verses, the significant point is they shall die in the wilderness. (Three times carcasses are stated.) Pause and reflect with me for a moment, in silent prayer, that the Holy Spirit may reveal the spiritual significance of these verses.