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The Spies and the Brook Eshcol (3 of 5)
Series: Bible Brooks
1. The Symbols of an Abundant Christian Life
A) What God Wants to Give Us
B) Where God wants to Get Us
2. The Story of an Average Christian Life
A) Easily Discouraged
B) Easily Defeated
C) Easy Distracted
3. The Secret of an Advancing Christian Life
A) Don't Listen to the Doubters
B) Don't Look at the Difficulties
Vance Havner used to describe the average Christian life as that of an old bed; firm on both ends, but sagging in the middle. As Christians, we are settled about our salvation. That end is firm. We know that we saved and that Christ is our Saviour. On the other end we know that we have a heavenly home awaiting us. We know that when this life is over heaven is our eternal destiny. That end is firm. But, it is from the day we got saved to the day we get to heaven where we are sagging.
Jesus said in John 10:10, ''I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.'' We have the ''life'' part down, but having it ''more abundantly'' is the part that we often miss.
As we continue looking at Bible Brooks we come to the Brook Eshcol. In the Bible the brook Eshcol is only mentioned here in Numbers 13:23-24. At other times the Bible speaks of the Valley of Eshcol. The brook in our text was no doubt a brook or stream that ran through the valley of Eshcol. The name simply means ''a bunch of grapes.'' Our text tells of how twelve men, one from each tribe, were sent into Canaan to spy out the land. While there they came to the brook Eshcol.
The events surrounding the brook Eshcol remind us that God intended the Christian life to be more than just being saved and going to heaven when we die. A Christian is to be someone who is not only enjoying eternal life, but also experiencing abundant life.
The brook Eshcol was located in Canaan, which is a type of the abundant life, the kind of life Jesu ...
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