by Christina Farris
1 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.
2 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 this wilderness!
3 And wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto 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?
4 And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.
5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.
6 And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes:
7 And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land.
8 If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.
9 Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.
10 But all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel.
11 And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them?
12 I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they.
13 And Moses said unto the LORD, Then the Egyptians shall hear it, (for thou broughtest up this people in thy might from among them;)
14 And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land: for they have heard that thou LORD art among this people, that thou LORD art seen face to face, and that thy cloud standeth over them, and that thou goest before them, by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night.
15 Now if thou shalt kill all this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of thee will speak, saying,
16 Because the LORD was not able to bring this people into the land which he sware unto them, therefore he hath slain them in the wilderness.
17 And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my Lord be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying,
18 The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.
19 Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.
20 And the LORD said, I have pardoned according to thy word:
21 But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.
22 Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice;
23 Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it:
24 But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.
25 (Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwelt in the valley.) To morrow turn you, and get you into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea.
26 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
27 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.
28 Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you:
29 Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me,
30 Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.
31 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.
32 But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness.
33 And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness.
34 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.
35 I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.
36 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,
37 Even those men that did bring up the evil report upon the land, died by the plague before the LORD.
38 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.
39 And Moses told these sayings unto all the children of Israel: and the people mourned greatly.
40 And they rose up early in the morning, and gat them up into the top of the mountain, saying, Lo, we be here, and will go up unto the place which the LORD hath promised: for we have sinned.
41 And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the LORD? but it shall not prosper.
42 Go not up, for the LORD is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies.
43 For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye are turned away from the LORD, therefore the LORD will not be with you.
44 But they presumed to go up unto the hill top: nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and Moses, departed not out of the camp.
45 Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites which dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, even unto Hormah. How many grumble and complain about our situation, only to realize there always someone worse off, but what about taking that grumbling to God after all he done for us. Are we a diverse nation in which when we do not get our way we turn against God or are we a united nation that when things go very wrong or bad we seek God for the solution because we know his power. This passage came by a word search or murmuring this morning. It touch my heart in such a way to only be reminded of how in situations we get frustrated instead of taking things to God. God knows it rough down here for us. He just wants us to get to a place we trust him in our situations. It hard road to simply trust and rely on his word. I know myself. Yet God's punishment on Israel for not relying on him was death in the wilderness, after being lost for forty years. No one but Caleb and next generation would see the promise land. The present generation would remain lost because of their grumbling. God is long suffering, and my only question is why did Israel not repent, why did they not repent upon hearing God's punishment. It has to do with faith. They been a witness to the plagues of Egypt, they had see how God had delivered from the Egyptians, but they were tired of the journey with God that all they could do was complain.
Now we all feel like complaining against God and to God from time to time, when things do not go our way. Our human nature is to say I had enough it be better if I went some other way or did something else. Yet when God blesses a believer he knows he or she is blessed. If we can learn one lesson from Israel it would be not to complain, whine or be angry with God, for he has the power to destroy and the power to deliver. Which side of God do you want to be on.
Paul in I Corinthians 10 reminds the church of the destroyer who is God who destroys some that complain, as example to others, Take heed of God's warning unless we fall. Instead let us not complain less we fall. Let us learn by the example of destruction on others that seen God deliverance instead of learn that lesson ourselves of the wrath of God, but let us do all things without murmuring or disputing.
Our deliverance and our salvation comes with prayer and trusting God to do his part. How hard it is to trust. Sometimes the solution is by something we do for ourselves and other times it is an angel/minister of God that helps us in the journey. God's people ministering our need and God sheltering in his embrace by the grant of our needs. How soon are we waiting for God deliverance, are we willing to trust. It hard step of faith. It not easy to trust, but if God has delivered us once why would anyone think he will not do for them again. Sometimes we need to write those delivering times from God down and just thank him, and also thank him for his provision through good people, ourselves and miracles that we could not foresee in our future.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the deliverance and tender mercy when we seek you. Giving a choice to be like Israel as they complained on the road going to the promise land. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:1 Corinthians 10:10-12 KJV
10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
Philippians 2:13-16 KJV