When Faith Becomes an Active Force
September 5, 2004
INTRODUCTION: Knowing a little about Israel's history, it is easy to read this passage and be reminded of Kadesh Barnea. It was here that God's people began a 40 year wandering experience in the wilderness ( or wondering: what it could have been like).
It served as a divine judgment on the adult generations which, after being so graciously brought out of Egypt and so gloriously delivered at the Red Sea, gave way to an evil heart of unbelief, baulking at the prospect of conquering Canaan.
Numbers 13:28-33, ''Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.' Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, 'Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it. But the men who had gone up with him said, 'We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we. And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, 'The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.'"
1 Corinthians 10:5, "But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness."
Hebrews 3:7-14, "Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: 'Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of trial in the wilderness, where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, and saw My works forty years. Therefore I was angry w ...
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