How long will this people provoke me?

Numbers 14:12 , How long will this people provoke me?

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”,
George Santayana

I believe Christians today are much like the Hebrews of Moses time.  If we look closely at their society we  find a multitude surrounding the Tabernacle of God in their travels.

We have the Tabernacle and Sanctuary carried by the Levites,  the Priest’s before them.   The tribe of Judah leading the march.  (Praise should always precede our walk).  All other tribes following and surrounding.

The murmurings and complaints start at the outside edges of the camp and ripple towards the center. Until almost all are upset.

Moses has to continually pray for the people so the Lord would not destroy them….Moses gets frustrated and basically said to the Lord:  “I’m not their Mother, why did you give me these people….how am I going to feed them, please them?”  Forgetting all the Lord had done to supply their needs.

They are at the edge of the promised land….12 go ahead to spy out the land.  It is a land of milk and honey, with giants.  Only Caleb and Joshua give a good report.   They are the only ones that believe the Lord can and will give them victory and the promise.

You can read the story in Numbers 13,14….the Lord had them wandering in the desert for 38 more years because of their unbelief.  Caleb and Joshua were the only two who had been in Egypt, to enter the promise.

In today’s Christian experience I can’t help but wonder how many will not make it into the promised land because of unbelief.  The Hebrews were all Gods children,  but only two made the transition. 

Matthew 7:14
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

In today’s world those that murmur and complain need to become the Levites of today….They need to seek the face of God, know His will, walk in His ways. Believe His promises,  act on the talents he gave us. (See Mathew 25 scriptures and blog title).

Both Joshua and Caleb were given something special from the Lord, we need to pray that He would give the same to us.

Deuteronomy 34:9
And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the Lord commanded Moses.

Numbers 14:24
But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.

Do you have the right spirit within. …a spirit of devotion,  obedience, love and thanksgiving?  Will you follow the Lord fully?  Will you find the narrow way?

Lord give us the Spirit of wisdom to believe and the grace to follow.

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