SEVEN D’S OF NEGLECT
Sept. 28, 1997
INTRODUCTION: Neglect is so progressive by nature. It
seems that whatever we put off until tomorrow is easier to put
off tomorrow. The context is the exodus from Egypt and the
Israelites’ experience of unbelief in the wilderness.
It was not God’s will that Israel remain either in Egypt or in the
wilderness. His desires was that the people enter their glorious
inheritance in the land of Canaan.
However, because of their neglect to hear God’s message, they
delayed at the border. (Num. 13-14)
God formed a committee to spy out their inheritance in
Numbers 13:1-2, “And the Lord spoke unto Moses, saying,
'Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan,
which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of
their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among
What can we learn from their report? The majority is not
Give an overview of Numbers 13-14
10 REPORT - 13:26-29; 31-33
2 REPORT - 13:30; 14:7-10
Because the people went backward in unbelief, instead of
forward in faith, they missed their inheritance and died in the
QUESTION: What does the wilderness wanderings represent
to us believers today?
Rom. 15:4, “For whatever things were written in earlier
times were written for our learning, that we, through
patience and comfort of the scriptures, might have hope.”
Those wanderings represent the experience of believers who
will not claim their spiritual inheritances in Christ, who doubt
God’s Word and live in restless unbelief.
To be sure, God is with them, as He was with Israel; but they
do not enjoy the fullness of God’s blessings.
Deut. 6:23, “And he brought us out from there, that he
might bring us in, to give us the land which he swore to give
unto our fathers.”
They are “out of Egypt” but they are not yet “in Canaan.”
In Heb. 3 & 4, the Bible speaks o ...
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