A Prayer That Saved a Nation by Eudora

In this passage, Moses is bringing to the remembrance of the Israelites, their stiff-necked attitude towards a God who has done nothing but save and protect His children. To understand this article, you should read at least a portion of this chapter in Deuteronomy 9. I suggest reading all of it but verses 20-29 should suffice.

These people did not trust Yahwey. They were rebellious; they didn’t listen to His voice or the voice of Moses. These people rebelled against the commandments of Yahwey and the LORD had said that He would destroy them.

Moses advocated on his knees for a nation of rebellious people; for their stubborn ways, their wickedness and sin. He mitigated on their behalf for forty days and forty nights, prostrate before the LORD.

In his prayer, he spoke this word: “Do not look to the stubbornness of this people, nor to their wickedness, nor to their sin.”

What was their sin at Taberah? I recently did a study on what transpired here at Taberah. This is the place where the people complained amongst themselves thinking that their murmurings were secret. When Yahwey heard their complaining, it displeased the LORD and His anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp. They had taken their eyes off of Him and began to worship –self. They were faithless to a faithful Elohim and to Moses, the leader that He had chosen to bring His people out of Egypt. This place in the wilderness was given the name of Taberah, ‘a place of burning’. ~ Thou shall not tempt the LORD your God.

What was their sin at Massah? After being delivered from slavery out of Egypt, these people rejected the Promised Land by their lack of faith. They were being led around in the wilderness for a period of trial and testing. Eventually, they came to a place where there wasn’t any water and began arguing with Moses about why Yahwey had brought them to this miserable place. These were the ‘waters of strife’. Moses responded by asking the people why did they put the LORD to test. The Israelites began to question if the God of Creation was even with them. They doubted, and again, they were faithless. They tempted Him and aroused His anger. Deuteronomy 6:16 Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as you tempted Him in Massah.

What was their sin at Kibroth Hattaavah? It was at this place, according to the biblical historic record, that the Israelites complained because of the constant eating of only manna. They whined about the fish, vegetables, fruit, and meat they’d had when they lived in Egypt. Moses cried out to Yahwey in despair and Yahwey heard his cry. He promised to bring them so much meat that ‘they would vomit it through their nostrils’. While the flesh was still between their teeth, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague that killed those who lusted after meat. [Numbers 11:33-34]

This place was named Kibroth-Hattaavah which is in Hebrew: קִבְרוֹת הַתַּאֲוָה‎‎, ‘graves of craving’. This account should remind us to be careful what we whine about. Some nations today have none. At least they had the consistency of manna. Again, Thou shall not tempt the LORD your God.

Yea, they despised the pleasant land, they believed not His word: But murmured in their tents, and hearkened not unto the voice of the LORD. ~ Psalm 106:24

What was their sin at Kadesh-barnea? At the northern edge of the wilderness of Paran (Promised Land} , South of Judah, was a place known as Kadesh-barnea, an important place in the history of Israel. It wasn’t Yahwey’s idea to send out spies to the land of Canaan. This was a scouting expedition that was born among the thoughts of the people. They came near to Moses with a proposal to go and search out the land. Moses liked the idea so they sent in 12 spies. [Deuteronomy 1:19-22] It became the permissive will of Yahwey that the people acted upon this proposal although they ended up being defeated and discouraged by their own perceptiveness. Their lack of direction and vision for the cause of gain, took their eyes off the Great Elohim Who brought them out of Egypt with a strong Arm when they should have marched in with a sense of perfection. They were so close and could have labored a bit more to enter into their rest but instead they fell into unbelief, a desert of wandering. How many times have we ourselves been defeated by the use of our own sight when we too, could have found grace in His?

This became the place where a decision was made and likewise, we all have the potential to trust in Him, or our own perceptiveness. More than once, these people could have ended up the same as the golden calf, stamped into nothing but dust, except for the mercy of El Elohim, the Most High God.

Unbelief seems to be the underlying problem that most folks go through. In this passage, Moses was bringing their attention to the many times that they had failed to trust in Yahwey. This is why staying in touch with Yah, through HIS WORD, reading and studying to find ourselves approved and building our faith through prayer is so vital to our lives. We can lose our way if we fail to do these things.

We as a people really need to learn that we really can’t trust anyone more, that He who holds the world in His hands. Our resources are being depleted every day so we need to value Him who can supply all of our needs rather than only looking to Him when we have a need.

My personal testimony is that His reaction to my disciplined efforts is what builds my faith. When I seek Him, He supplies. The more He supplies, the more I trust Him and the more I trust Him, the more I am inclined to turn to Him because I KNOW that He is faithful.

As Moses was going over these past transgressions with the folks, he also reminded them how he had prayed for them for forty days and forty nights. . Moses took this opportunity as he prayed, to remind Yahwey that through His greatness, He redeemed this people and brought them out of Egypt with a mighty hand. Moses reminded Yahwey that they were His people and His inheritance, this peculiar treasure above all people. {Exodus 19:5}

Moses also reminded Yahwey of the patriarchs of our faith, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. That took guts because even they had been stiff-necked at times. But isn’t it interesting that Yahwey will bestow many blessings on the worthlessness of a people, on behalf of or for the sake of the ancestors of that people? These are the descendants of whom He had made a covenant with on their behalf.

Moses reminded Yahwey of His promise to multiply their seed as the stars of heaven and the land that was promised to the descendants that they stood to inherit. Moses bid Yahwey to consider all these things and He did. And the LORD repented of the evil which He thought to do unto His people. {Exodus 32:14}

When you think that God is showing you an injustice or you are going through something that you think is unjust, look to Him for His faithfulness to solve your perceived injustice. Yahwey constantly reminded the Israelites that He had brought them out from under the burdens of the Egyptians yet they entered not because of their unbelief.

Likewise, we should humbly review our conscience so that we can really understand how indebted we are to our Mighty God for bringing each and every one of us from our own dirty swamp. Likewise, in our sorrow and shame, we deserve nothing but His wrath, because we certainly never merited His favor. But He has vowed to bring us to a place in the future where He will no longer remember our stubborn way, our sin and our rotten choices.

One day, the God of all Creation will put His law in our inward parts, and write His law in our hearts. He will be our Elohim and we shall be His people. He will remember our sin no more.

“Do not look to the stubbornness of this people, nor to their wickedness, nor to their sin.” At long last, the prayer of Moses will have been answered.

Numbers 11:33-34

Psalm 106:24

Deuteronomy 1:19-22

Exodus 19:5

Deuteronomy 1:19 ¶ And when we departed from Horeb, we went through all that great and terrible wilderness, which ye saw by the way of the mountain of the Amorites, as the LORD our God commanded us; and we came to Kadeshbarnea.

20 And I said unto you, Ye are come unto the mountain of the Amorites, which the LORD our God doth give unto us.

21 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.

22 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.

 In this portion it reads that Yah had set the land before them to go up to posses. The people ‘came near to Moses’ verse 22 saying “paraphrasing’, “Lets send out some spies, so we will all know which route to take and to which cites we will come.

In the portion you sent for me to look at Yah is telling them…. ‘who’ to send.

Numbers 13:1 ¶ And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them. 3 And Moses by the commandment of the LORD sent them from the wilderness of Paran: all those men were heads of the children of Israel.

Here is a copy of the segment that I read on this particular event:

What was their sin at Kadesh-barnea? At the northern edge of the wilderness of Paran (Promised Land} , South of Judah, was a place known as Kadesh-barnea, an important place in the history of Israel. It wasn’t Yahwey’s idea to send out spies to the land of Canaan. This was a scouting expedition that was born among the thoughts of the people. They came near to Moses with a proposal to go and search out the land. Moses liked the idea so they sent in 12 spies. [Deuteronomy 1:19-22] It became the permissive will of Yahwey that the people acted upon this proposal although they ended up being defeated and discouraged by their own perceptiveness. Their lack of direction and vision for the cause of gain, took their eyes off the Great Elohim Who brought them out of Egypt with a strong Arm when they should have marched in with a sense of perfection. They were so close and could have labored a bit more to enter into their rest but instead they fell into unbelief, a desert of wandering. How many times have we ourselves been defeated by the use of our own sight when we too, could have found grace in His?

While it wasn’t Yah’s idea originally, it did become His permissive will to send the spies, so He told them which ones to send. I like this because it shows us that Yah did agreed with their idea and got involved by using His judgment as to ‘who’ to send. It was a collaborated plan to send spies into scout out the land. Their problem was that they had forgotten that Yah had chosen the land for them to go and possess as is mentioned in Deuteronomy 1:21 and that He had already given this land unto the children of Israel as is mentioned in Numbers 13:1. They failed to ‘trust’ in that it was already theirs to possess.

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About eudoranachand

A Spirit filled disciple who continually seeks His kingdom and His righteousness.
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