|Numbers 13:31-33 |
31 But the other men that went up with Caleb [except Joshua] said, "We are not able to go up against the people because they are stronger than we are."
32 And they brought up an evil report of the land that they had scouted to the children of Israel, saying, "The land, through which we have gone to scout, is a land that consumes its inhabitants; and all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature.
33 And there we saw the giants [Nephilim], the sons of Anak, who descend from the giants; and to our own sight we seemed like grasshoppers [in smallness] compared to them, and we appeared the same in their sight.1
1 We are not able to go up against the people because they are stronger than we are. We saw the children of Anak [giants] there. So God had promised to fight for the Jews to conquer and destroy all the peoples in the promised land; but these Jews were afraid, and did not have faith in the promises of God. So they were not allowed to enter; God sentenced them to die in the desert. The Jews were to enter into a rest, after conquering their enemies — but, because of the parents disbelief in God's promises, only their children were allowed to enter the rest and the promise land. Deu 12:9-10. The Jews "believed in God," having seen his many miracles; but they didn't believe God enough to obey him.
This rest is like the Sabbath rest, a mere shadow of the Christian's rest, which Hebrews severely warns us against failing to enter: Therefore, since a promise of entering into his rest still stands, let us fear, lest any of you should come short of it. Heb 4:1. This rest is what Jesus promised: Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
We sit down in Christ to enter the rest, to enter the rest from fighting our enemies, like the children of the Jews entered the rest from fighting and purging their promise land of the surrounding heathen peoples; only our enemies are spiritual: lust, rage, pride, selfishness, envy, greed, covetousness, jealousy, lying, cheating, stealing, sexual immorality, profane language, and evil thoughts, etc. Salvation is to be delivered from sin and be protected from evil, (sanctified), from our enemies of sin.
So-called Christians today cannot believe it is possible for God to free and deliver a man from sin. They think the devil is too powerful; just like Revelation says: And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him? Rev 13:14. Since the so-called Christians don't believe it is possible, they don't try to enter the sin-free Kingdom of Heaven; they don't try to enter the narrow gate that few will find and many will try and be unable to enter. Mat 7:13-14, Luke 13:23-24. And so all in Christendom must go through the fire after death.
You who would be a true Christian, to be freed from sin, you must believe and hope in God's promise to set the captives free, to become free of sin; otherwise, you too will perish in the spiritual wilderness without ever entering the promise land — heaven. Don't be like the Jews, who believed in God, but who said they could not conquer the giants and refused to cross the Jordan to do battle, even with God fighting for them; don't say sin can't be conquered, even with God's promised help; don't say who can war with the beast? Because victory over sin, our enemies within our heart, is the promised salvation. It is not enough to believe in God, you must believe him enough to obey him completely, walking in the whole way he commands you by his voice.
That he would grant to us,
that being delivered out of the hand of our enemies we might serve him without fear,
in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. Luke 1:74-75