I HOPE YOUR COWS WERE HAPPY!
"Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did." 1 Corinthians 10:5-6
Disobedience and unbelief did not bode well for most of the Israelites. Far removed from their experiences, it is easy to shake one's head and go "Tsk, tsk, silly Israelites. God saved you. He parted the Red Sea for you. He met your needs. He fed you. He quenched your thirsts. He promised you something really, really, really nice. Why don't you believe? Why don't you trust? Why don't you obey?"
In Numbers 32, we read about how some of the Israelites wanted to settle in the nice land of Jazer and Gilead... apparently a nice hilly place for cows and grazing... but it was not the Promised Land. God's response to Moses' request is rather straightforward:
"The LORD's anger was aroused that day and he swore this oath: 'Because they have not followed me wholeheartedly, not one of those who were twenty years old or more when they came up out of Egypt will see the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Issac and Jacob - not one except Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite and Joshua son of Nun, for they followed the LORD wholeheartedly.' " (Numbers 32:11-12).
Great. I hope your cows were happy. I bet the hills were alive with the sound of music, too. Not.
It is easy to be harsh on the Israelites, yet I have found myself "right there" with them, lacking in belief, trust, and obedience, recoiling back to the same things that don't work, all the while having experienced the saving, miraculous awesome wonderment of God.
There's gotta be a better way!
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