|Numbers 14:5-36 |
5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.
6 And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of those who searched the land, rent their clothes;
7 And they spoke to all the company of the children of Israel, saying, "The land, which we passed through to scout, is an exceedingly good land.
8 If the LORD delights in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which flows with milk and honey.
9 Only do not rebel against the LORD, neither fear the people of the land for they are bread for us; their defense has departed from them, and the LORD is with us; do not fear them.
10 But all the congregation wanted to stone them [Joshua and Caleb] with stones.1 And the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel.
11 And the LORD said to Moses, "How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be before they believe me, for all the signs which I have shown among them?
12 I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of you a greater nation and mightier than they."
13 And Moses said to the LORD, "Then the Egyptians shall hear of it, (for you brought up this people in your might from among them);
14 And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land for they have heard that you LORD are among this people; that you LORD are seen face to face; that your cloud stands over them; and that you go before them, by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and by night in a pillar of fire.
15 Now if you shall kill all this people as one man, then the nations that have heard the fame of you will speak, saying,
16 'Because the LORD was not able to bring this people into the land that he swore to them, therefore he has slain them in the wilderness.'
17 And now, I beseech you, let the power of my Lord be great, according as you have spoken, saying,
18 'The LORD is long-suffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation.'
19 Pardon, I beseech you, the iniquity of this people according to the greatness of your mercy, and as you have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now."
20 And the LORD said, "I have pardoned according to your word.
21 But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.2
22 Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice;
23 Surely they shall not see the land which I swore to their fathers, neither shall any of those who provoked me see it;
24 But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and has followed me fully, him will I bring into the land where he went; and his seed shall possess it.
25 (Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwelled in the valley.) Tomorrow turn and go into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea."
26 And the LORD spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying,
27 "How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.
28 Say to them, 'As truly as I live, says the Lord, 'as you have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you.
29 Your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness; all who were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward who have murmured against me.
30 Doubtless you shall not come into the land, concerning that I swore to make you dwell in it, except for Caleb, the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua, the son of Nun.
31 But as to your little ones, whom you said would be a prey —I will bring them into the land, and they shall know the land which you have despised.3
32 But as for you, your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness.
33 And your children shall wander in the wilderness for forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcasses are wasted in the wilderness.
34 After the number of the days that you scouted the land, even forty days, each day for a year, you shall bear your iniquities, even forty years, and you shall know my alienation.
35 I the LORD have said, I will surely do it to all this evil congregation, who are gathered together against me; in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.'"
36 And the men, whom Moses sent to search the land, who returned, and made all the congregation murmur against him, by bringing up a slander upon the land,
3 The Lord swears: As surely as I live... you shall not come into the promise land or into the inheritance of the rest; your carcasses will fall in the wilderness. You shall wander in the wilderness for forty years, but I will bring your children in after your deaths. This is what Hebrews 4:3 refers to:
"As I have sworn in my wrath, they will not enter into my rest;" But we who have believed do enter into rest. Heb 4:3
Note! They believed in God because they had seen his many miracles; but they didn't believe his promises: that with God's help they could conquer the mighty men they had seen.
Christians! You cannot just believe in God, you must believe his promises: the true hope, the hope that purifies. You must believe that God can conquer and destroy the works of the devil, the sin in you. You must believe the true gospel, which is the power of God; but not the gospel of the hypocrites, which is a form of godliness without the power. 2 Timothy 3:5. The gospel of the hypocrites accepts sin as unconquerable and presumes a salvation to come after death.