Deuteronomy 1:20-22 And I said unto you, Ye are come unto the mountain of the Amorites, which the LORD our God doth give unto us. Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged. And ye came near unto me every one of you, and said, We will send men before us, and they shall search us out the land, and bring us word again by what way we must go up, and into what cities we shall come.
Kadesh-Barnea for Israel was the place of decision to trust God and obey His word or to trust their own wisdom.
This was the promise to Joshua: Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. ~ Joshua 1:6
God never told anyone to go out and spy the land. He told them to go and possess it. Moses was reiterating what God had told him and it was the people who came to Moses saying they wanted to first send in spies to look over the area so they could come back and plan their strategy. God was gracious in that He let them go ahead and send in the spies who were in the land for forty days looking things over.
Even though all these people had witnessed Gods work in Egypt, at the Passover, the Red Sea Crossing, and Mt. Sinai that God had supplied all their needs, they did not truly believe God and with their own eyes of unbelief, they saw the task as impossible.
Based on the statistics of how many men went to spy in the land, only two out of twelve believed that God would go before their enemy even though God had sent the Lord of hosts, (The Captain of the Lord’s army mentioned in Joshua Chapter 5) who gave them the convincing proof of God’s power once again in the miraculous destruction of Jericho. Many people understand that the Captain of the Lord’s army was Christ Himself that had been sent to preserve the children of Israel.
Regardless of what people think, we now know that Jesus was sent to provide the perfect Passover sacrifice of His own body in order to restore the people into covenant relationship with God.
So the question is, “Why would any of the tribes have hesitated to claim their inheritance? What fears might they had been harboring.”
Many people say they believe the Bible and would debate (based on their own faith); if someone denied or said miracles of God were not true. Many today will claim to have great faith in the Lord. …….Yet, today they can’t seem to relate their faith into their own lives. They say they want to serve God and have the blessing of doing God’s will….yet their faith falls short in one area or another.
Many people like the ten spies, see giants standing in their way or don’t want to give up what they perceive to be security in what they have already gained and possess in their own power. However, God is the same today as then; the same principals apply as they did in the past. Placing our trust in Him is how we are going to gain our inheritance.
What will people bring to the Lord as their sacrifice? A sacrifice is still required. We either accept that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God or we don’t.
People still have the same mentality. They want out of Egypt which represents sin, but believe that it is better to serve Egypt than to die in the wilderness.
The question that Jesus asked Peter; whom do you say that I am? Peter replied, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. To which Jesus replied, “Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” Jesus also said, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
God is the one who revealed this information to Peter that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. It was Peter’s rock of faith in Christ that Jesus said He would build His church on that would prevail against the gates of hell.
God told Joshua, Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Even in the valley of the shadow of death.
So I would like to encourage your faith with the following scriptures:
Isaiah 9:2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
Luke 1:78-79 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
Psalm 119:105 ¶ NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
1st Peter 1:3 ¶ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
We have made our Kadesh-Barnea, our decision. We go forward by faith. We are willing to claim the inheritance and in the same token, we are willing to endure the struggles of living for the Lord in order to reap the reward and blessings of God, our inheritance. We are willing to live by faith, believing just like Peter; that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God.
We must remain faith-full rather than faith-less!
And finally we must ALWAYS REMEMBER: Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me? ~ Jeremiah 32:27
I may fall, but in Christ, The Solid Rock; I stand.
- To Bear Witness of The Light (eudoranachand.wordpress.com)
- Exodus 23. The LORD’s Angel sent to lead Israel (bummyla.wordpress.com)