May 3, Reading 1 – Numbers 14

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SAA Notes

Caleb and Joshua are the only two spies whose faith is up to the task set by God. They trust Him. The other 10 see only an unscaleable mountain before Israel. Israel came to the road to the Promised Land and wouldn’t take it! Jesus said: if you find the road that leads to life – take it. Don’t let your fears overcome your faith! Matthew 7:13,14

SJA Notes

Two perspectives.

One is a litany of errors, of broken decision-making, of sin.

The other is a weight of righteousness and steadfast love, faithfulness and preparing for Jesus.

A million people can’t be wrong right? While the ten spies were lacking in courage, while they let their fear rule them – They couldn’t start a fire without embers. The people made a bad decision, they rejected God, and suffered the consequences for it.

This is one of the major tipping points in the Old Testament.

On the horizon is the promised land! The physical manifestation (promised) of God’s kingdom on earth at that time.

It’s a wonderful pointer for us – what’s on our horizon? The kingdom is now, the Lord is ruler over all (Psalm 103). But we look forward to it fully realised in the new heavens and the new earth, a promised land, the new Jerusalem (Rev 21 v2, v10).

Back to the tipping point. Here is the crux, the turning point: An entire generation, the bulk of a million people, can never enter the promised land.

“But as for you, your dead bodies shall fall in this wilderness.”

What a terrible and mighty word from the Lord.

Our sin mars us. It marks us in our unrighteousness, and we stand condemned. Fully deserving of “no entry” to the promised land.

But Jesus.

Jesus changes everything. A deeper fuller more beautiful saving work than Moses could do.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

** should not perish ** !!

In Jesus we do not perish and fall in the wilderness. He saves us into the promised land.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

Note: Too, it’s wonderful to see God’s mercy in Moses being present at the transfiguration (Matt 17). Moses’ sin marred him from the promised land, (Numbers 20 v10-13), but through/because of/in Jesus he obtains entry!

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