Numbers 14:1–15:16; Mark 14:53-72; Psalm 53:1-6; Proverbs 11:4
God Looks Down
God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God. – Psalm 53:2
A Good Report
If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not. But all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel. – Number 14:8-10
Joshua and Caleb gave good reports, and the Lord was pleased. But the people were not pleased. They wanted to stone them for speaking that good report.
An Evil Report
And the men, which Moses sent to search the land, who returned, and made all the congregation to murmur against him, by bringing up a slander upon the land, even those men that did bring up the evil report upon the land, died by the plague before the LORD. – Numbers 14:36-37
God was not pleased with the men that gave an evil report, and He sent a plague that killed them. God was also not please with the complaining congregation. He forgave them but they were stripped of the privilege of entering into the promised land.
Just because most of the congregation or a majority of the leaders believe something, that doesn’t make it acceptable in God’s eyes. A good lesson and reminder to always seek the Lord regarding how and with whom we align ourselves.
The Worst Consequence
…because ye are turned away from the LORD, therefore the LORD will not be with you. – Numbers 14:43b
The children of Israel had sinned against God, and they knew it. God told them, because of their sin, they would not be going into the Promised Land. The people mourned. Some of the congregation woke up the next morning and went up the mountain. They had decided to go on into the Promised Land anyway. Moses warned them not to go against what God commanded, and if they didn’t God wouldn’t be with them. They went, and the Amalekites and Canaanites that lived on that mountain killed them.
For the Lord to not go with you and not be by your side is the worst consequence. Turn back to Jesus today before it is too late. If you don’t, it means inevitable and eternal death.
And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept. – Mark14:72
I always feel for Peter because I have been there myself. I have been one that also denied my Lord and then felt sorrow beyond what words could express.
Thank You Jesus, for Your forgiveness and mercy and for not letting me stay in the grips of that shame and failure!!!
No Profit in Riches
Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death. – Proverbs 11:4
On judgment day, the things you have accumulated on this earth won’t matter one bit.
Heavenly Father, I come into Your Presence today to honor and glorify and thank You for all You are doing in my life during this season. Thank You my God for looking down on me!!! Thank You for Your mercy and forgiveness that even allows me to come into this holy place today. Please take my life and use it as You please. Help me to be obedient to You and You alone. Help me to follow You and You alone. Help me to focus on You and You alone. You and You alone are my God, my Savior, my Lord, and my friend that sticks closer than a brother. You and You alone are all I need. I love You. I pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen