|Numbers 14 |
1 All the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.
2 All the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron; and the whole congregation said to them, "We wish to God that we had died in the land of Egypt," and "we wish to God we had died in this wilderness!
3 And why has the LORD brought us to this land? To fall by the sword so that our wives and our children should be a prey? Is it not better for us to return into Egypt?"
4 And they said one to another, "Let us select a captain and return into Egypt."
5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.
6 And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of those who searched the land, rent their clothes;
7 And they spoke to all the company of the children of Israel, saying, "The land, which we passed through to scout, is an exceedingly good land.
8 If the LORD delights in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which flows with milk and honey.
9 Only do not rebel against the LORD, neither fear the people of the land for they are bread for us; their defense has departed from them, and the LORD is with us; do not fear them.
10 But all the congregation wanted to stone them [Joshua and Caleb] with stones.1 And the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel.
11 And the LORD said to Moses, "How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be before they believe me, for all the signs which I have shown among them?
12 I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of you a greater nation and mightier than they."
13 And Moses said to the LORD, "Then the Egyptians shall hear of it, (for you brought up this people in your might from among them);
14 And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land for they have heard that you LORD are among this people; that you LORD are seen face to face; that your cloud stands over them; and that you go before them, by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and by night in a pillar of fire.
15 Now if you shall kill all this people as one man, then the nations that have heard the fame of you will speak, saying,
16 'Because the LORD was not able to bring this people into the land that he swore to them, therefore he has slain them in the wilderness.'
17 And now, I beseech you, let the power of my Lord be great, according as you have spoken, saying,
18 'The LORD is long-suffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation.'
19 Pardon, I beseech you, the iniquity of this people according to the greatness of your mercy, and as you have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now."
20 And the LORD said, "I have pardoned according to your word.
21 But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.2
22 Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice;
23 Surely they shall not see the land which I swore to their fathers, neither shall any of those who provoked me see it;
24 But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and has followed me fully, him will I bring into the land where he went; and his seed shall possess it.
25 (Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwelled in the valley.) Tomorrow turn and go into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea."
26 And the LORD spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying,
27 "How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.
28 Say to them, 'As truly as I live, says the Lord, 'as you have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you.
29 Your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness; all who were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward who have murmured against me.
30 Doubtless you shall not come into the land, concerning that I swore to make you dwell in it, except for Caleb, the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua, the son of Nun.
31 But as to your little ones, whom you said would be a prey —I will bring them into the land, and they shall know the land which you have despised.3
32 But as for you, your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness.
33 And your children shall wander in the wilderness for forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcasses are wasted in the wilderness.
34 After the number of the days that you scouted the land, even forty days, each day for a year, you shall bear your iniquities, even forty years, and you shall know my alienation.
35 I the LORD have said, I will surely do it to all this evil congregation, who are gathered together against me; in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.'"
36 And the men, whom Moses sent to search the land, who returned, and made all the congregation murmur against him, by bringing up a slander upon the land,
37 Even those men who brought back the evil report about the land, died by the plague before the LORD.
38 But Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among the men who went to search the land, remained alive [because they believed God].
39 And Moses told these sayings to all the children of Israel, and the people mourned greatly.
40 And they rose up early in the morning, and got them up into the top of the mountain, saying, "Lo, we are here, and will go up to the place which the LORD has promised for we have sinned."
41 And Moses said, So now you are transgressing the commandment of the LORD? But it shall not prosper.
42 Do not go up [into the land] for the LORD is not among you, and you will be struck before your enemies.
43 For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and you shall fall by the sword. Because you have turned away from the LORD, therefore the LORD will not be with you.
44 But they presumed to go up to the hill top. Nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and Moses, did not leave the camp.
45 Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites who dwelled in that hill, and struck them, and pursued them even to Hormah.
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1 But all the congregation wanted to stone them [Joshua and Caleb] with stones. Because Joshua and Caleb told the Israelites: "do not rebel against the LORD, neither fear the people of the land for they are bread for us, their defense has departed from them, and the LORD is with us, do not fear them." The Israelites wanted to kill them; why? Because they thought the giants could not be defeated, even with God fighting against them; and Joshua an Caleb made them look bad. The Jews and Romans killed the Apostles because they did not believe that Jesus could deliver them from all their sin and make them pure. The Episcopalians, Congregationalists, Baptists, and Presbyterians killed the Quakers because they did not believe they could be pure, holy, and sin free through the mighty grace of God's power; they thought living in sin was permitted and excused by Jesus. And so it will be, that Christendom will again want to kill anyone with the Spirit of Jesus, who tells them they must be sin free and their salvation is only make-believe. Christendom killed and will kill the true disciples of Jesus, just as Jesus predicted:
the time is coming when whoever kills you will think that he is doing a service to God. John 16:2
2 But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD. A promise yet to come, but one drawing near within the next few years, 2/09. Also stated by Habakkuk: For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. Hab 2:14.
3 The Lord swears: As surely as I live... you shall not come into the promise land or into the inheritance of the rest; your carcasses will fall in the wilderness. You shall wander in the wilderness for forty years, but I will bring your children in after your deaths. This is what Hebrews 4:3 refers to:
"As I have sworn in my wrath, they will not enter into my rest;" But we who have believed do enter into rest. Heb 4:3
Note! They believed in God because they had seen his many miracles; but they didn't believe his promises: that with God's help they could conquer the mighty men they had seen.
Christians! You cannot just believe in God, you must believe his promises: the true hope, the hope that purifies. You must believe that God can conquer and destroy the works of the devil, the sin in you. You must believe the true gospel, which is the power of God; but not the gospel of the hypocrites, which is a form of godliness without the power. 2 Timothy 3:5. The gospel of the hypocrites accepts sin as unconquerable and presumes a salvation to come after death.
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