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November 9, 2019
[When I read these words I wondered how often in scripture we are told not to go someplace. So to save any of us from going where we have been commanded not to go we have the following scriptures.]
(Gen 26:1-5 TLV) Now there was a famine in the land—aside from the previous famine that happened in Abraham’s days. So Isaac went to King Abimelech of the Philistines, to Gerar. 26:2 Then Yahweh appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt. Dwell in the land about which I tell you. 26:3 Live as an outsider in this land and I will be with you and bless you—for to you and to your seed I give all these lands—and I will confirm My pledge that I swore to Abraham your father.
26:4 I will multiply your seed like the stars of the sky and I will give your seed all these lands. And in your seed all the nations of the earth will continually be blessed, 26:5 because Abraham listened to My voice and kept My charge, My mitzvot, My decrees, and My instructions.”
[Do not go down to Egypt. In scriptures Egypt if often equated to sin. If that is so here they were being warned that it would separate them from Him. If they do as commanded, their children would be a blessing to the world and themselves. The reasons Yahweh gave for the blessings are listed as Abraham's obedience. Obedience is a blessing to both the obedient and to the authority figure. How can we be trusted with blessings, most of which can be used both for good and bad, if we are not careful to be obedient?]
(Num 13:1-2 TLV) Yahweh spoke to Moses saying, 13:2 “Send some men on your behalf to investigate the land of Canaan, which I am giving to Bnei-Yisrael. Each man you are to send will be a prince of the tribe of his fathers, a man from each tribe.”
[Yahweh did not require blind faith! He allowed for some fearfulness, yet He had already shown that He had the power to bring forth what ever He spoke. Here every tribe had a representative they trusted to tell them the truth.]
(Num 13:17 TLV) As he sent them to explore the land of Canaan, he said to them, “Go up there through the Negev, then go up into the hill country.
[They were told where to go and what to look for. They did that part of the job well.]
(Num 13:26-30 TLV) They traveled and returned to Moses, Aaron and the entire community of Bnei-Yisrael at Kadesh in the wilderness of Paran. They gave their report to them and the entire assembly. They showed the land’s fruit. 13:27 They gave their account to him and said, “We went into the land where you sent us. Indeed it is flowing with milk and honey—this is some of its fruit. 13:28 Except, the people living in the land are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw the sons of Anak there! 13:29 Amalek is living in the land of the Negev, the Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites are living in the mountains, and the Canaanites are living near the sea and along the bank of the Jordan.” 13:30 Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “We should definitely go up and capture the land, for we can certainly do it!”
[They gave a truthful report except they spoke in fear and it communicated itself to the fearful hearts of the people. Caleb spoke truth as well, but his one voice in agreement with Joshua, was not heeded.]
(Num 13:31 TLV) But the men who had gone up with him said, “We cannot attack these people, because they are stronger than we.”
[Verse 30 is the testimony of a truly devoted, convinced Heart. A heart Yahweh can trust not to fail for fear of...]
(Num 14:1-6 TLV) All through that night, the entire community raised up their voices. The people wept. 14:2 TLV All Bnei-Yisrael grumbled against Moses and Aaron and the whole community said, “If only we had died in Egypt! If only we had died in this wilderness! 14:3 Why is Yahweh bringing us to this land to fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be like plunder! Wouldn’t it be better for us to return to Egypt?” 14:4 They said to each other, “Let’s choose a leader and let’s go back to Egypt!” 14:5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before the entire assembly of the community of Bnei-Yisrael. 14:6 Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes.
[The majority ruled among the people! Having been delivered from slavery they were plotting to destroy the leaders Yahweh had chosen. Proven leaders who stood firm in Yahweh's commands.
Those leaders who were even then pleading for their lives before the throne of Yahweh. They saw the plagues, the sea parted for them and closed on their enemies. And still they did not trust nor pray!]
(Num 14:7-9 TLV) They said to the whole assembly of Bnei-Yisrael, “The land through which we passed is an exceptionally good land! 14:8 TLV If Yahweh is pleased with us, He will lead us into that land and will give it to us—a land flowing with milk and honey. 14:9 Only don’t rebel against Yahweh, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They will be food for us. The protection over them is gone. Yahweh is with us! Do not fear them. 14:10 But the whole assembly talked about violently stoning them. Then the magnificence of Yahweh appeared at the Tent of Meeting to all Bnei-Yisrael.
[The plea of every good leader – do not rebel against Yahweh! Moses is reminding them that Yahweh's protection has been removed from the peoples they are to replace. They were still talking murder for those Yahweh had put in authority over them.
While they are whining, complaining, and plotting Yahweh shows Himself in their mist. I would hope, if that happened to me I would throw myself at His feet begging for mercy. When I was not much younger I would have been among those who were defeated by fear for I had not learned to trust!]
(Num 14:11-18 TLV) Yahweh said to Moses, “How long will these people treat Me contemptibly? How long will they neglect to trust in Me—in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed among them? 14:12 I will strike them with the plague. I will destroy them. But you I will make into a nation greater and stronger than they!” 14:13 Moses said to Yahweh, “The Egyptians will hear about it, because You brought up this people by Your power from among them. 14:14 They will tell the residents of this land about it. Already they have heard that You, Yahweh, are in the midst of this people, that You, Yahweh, have been seen eye to eye, that Your cloud remains over them, and that in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night You go before them. 14:15 If you kill these people all at once, the nations who have heard this report about You will say, …
[Yahweh had plenty of reasons for setting this group aside – yet He gave them mercy time and again. Moses is faced with what could be a great temptation – His children as rulers. Moses is a dedicated servant for Yahweh and reminds Him of His reputation He, Yahweh, wants spread over the entire earth. What will happen when the people hear? This very argument is the one many board members, pastors, teachers, etc. use to excuse themselves when they do not change when they find themselves in error. Rather than risk the loss of members and/or dollars they not only continue to walk in error, but they keep those hungry for truth in the dark as well.]
(14:16-18 TLV) ‘Because Yahweh was unable to bring this people to the land He had promised them, He has slaughtered them in the wilderness.’ 14:17 “So please, let Yahweh show His strength, just as You have spoken saying, 14:18 ‘Yahweh is slow to anger and abundant in loving kindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression. Still, He does not leave the guilty unpunished, bringing the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations.’
[Moses goes into detail to show Yahweh what will be said and how it will contradict what Yahweh has testify about Himself. Do our actions show a different life than what we proclaim to be true?]
(Num 14:20-24 TLV) Yahweh answered, “I have forgiven them just as you have spoken. 14:21 But as certainly as I live and as certainly as the honor of Yahweh fills the entire earth, 14:22 none of the people who saw My honor and My miraculous signs I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness—yet tested Me these ten times and did not obey My Voice—14:23 not one of them will see the land I promised to their forefathers. None of those who treated Me with contempt will see it! 14:24 However, My servant Caleb, because a different spirit is with him and he is wholeheartedly behind Me, I will bring him into the land where he went—his offspring will inherit it.
[Yahweh is emphatic – None of those who held Him in contempt will see the the promised land. That is as true today as it was then.
A study of the character of Caleb was given on the last day of Tabernacles and with this lesson shows us the heart of the man Caleb.
There are times when we do not have the support of those who have promised to walk with us though thick and thin. It is those times, that try our hearts and our loyalties, that we will need to truly trust Yahweh and make sure every little and big thing is under the blood of Yahshua.
There are times when we fall and there is no related-one to help us back up. Those are the times for the body to reach down and lift up the feeble among us.
Are we listening for their cry for help?
We may think we can stand alone, and some can. They just cannot stand in obedience all the time for all are tempted. When we trust in our own strength, as I used to be tricked into, we are not strong but deluded by pride. If we want true dependable strength it can only be obtained in the presents of Yahweh and Yahshua in our hearts, minds, and boundaries.]