Nov 16, 2019
The Israelites had been led by God right up to the edge of the land of promise. The only thing that remained to be done was for them to enter and possess the land. But that was going to take faith because there were enemies in the land. And Moses knew from past experience, that when the going gets tough, the tough tend to get going – but in the wrong direction. That’s exactly what the first generation of Israelites had done when they had the opportunity to enter and possess the land. And their refusal had brought God’s condemnation and a curse. They would be doomed to wander in the wilderness until their entire generation died off. Then God would give the next generation the privilege of living in the land He had promised. But Moses recounts how that first group of Israelites attempted to prove to God just how obedient they could be. The only problem was they chose to disobey God to prove their obedience to Him. And, as a result, they would go into battle without His permission or His help. And that kind of thinking is never a recipe for success.