Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
The Spirit of Joshua & Caleb
by Erik Momsen
Preachers often rant and rave against the sins of drinking, smoking and womanising but God never destroyed a nation over these. He did however commit to destroy whole nations for the way they spoke because this betrayed the faithlessness of their hearts. Chapters 13 &14 of Numbers are a disturbing confirmation that God's promise that "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it shall eat the fruit of it". (Proverbs 18:21)
Moses is preparing to enter Canaan and sends 12 spies. The instruction is to do a proper evaluation of the land (a spiritual principle that stands). They explored for 40 days. It was a thorough investigation of biblical proportions. The lesson is to take the time & do your homework before embarking on a "God project". The same is true for all the decisions of our lives.
The land was good indeed BUT fear was greater than their need. Their opposition was sizeable but they forgot what God had done to the Egyptians in their own memory. They talk themselves even deeper into fear by equating the giants of Anak with the Nephilim. Their final disqualification is in their own word; "We looked like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them." (v 33)
Defeat starts with seeing ourselves as insignificant, without help and hope.
They did not know how the Anakim saw them - BUT if you show enough fear the enemy will see it in you and you will look like a grasshopper to him.
The Enemy's greatest weapon is ALWAYS fear.
By contrast we see how the people of Canaan really see Israel in the words of Rahab. This is a generation later and still the Canaanites fear God.
"And she said to the men, I know that the LORD has given you the land, and that your terror has fallen on us, and that all those who live in the land faint because of you. For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. And we had heard, and our hearts melted, nor did any more spirit remain in any man, because of you. For the LORD your God, He is God in Heaven above and in earth beneath." (Joshua 2:9-11)
Rahab's assessment of Israel is completely based on who God is - these many things God has done. Israel was forgetful, Faithless and fearful.
THE FEAR OF THE 10 SPREADS TO ALL THE PEOPLE (14:1)
Fear spreads through the camp and instead of a steadfast heart of thanks giving for all God has done for them they murmur against the leaders and also against God. They accuse God falsely. They say we will die where God has no intention of this. Their rebellion is complete when they decide to chose another leader.
Moses and Aaron fall on their faces and the young Joshua and Caleb speak to the people again.
"If the Lord is pleased with us .... Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land because we will swallow them up ... the Lord is with us." (14:8,9)
GOD GETS TO THE END OF MERCY
"And the LORD spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmurs against Me? I have heard the murmurings of the sons of Israel which they murmur against Me. Say to them, As I live, says the LORD, as you have spoken in My ears, so I will do to you. Your dead bodies shall fall in this wilderness, ... except Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun. But your little ones, which you said should be a prey, I will bring them in and they shall know the land which you have despised". (Numbers 14:26-31)
God does according to OUR words - OUR faith - OUR sowing
GOD LOOKS FOR JOSHUAS & CALEBS
"But My servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and has followed Me fully, I will bring him into the land into which he went. And his seed shall possess it." (Numbers 14:24)
Grateful, humble, courageous, obedient, positive, hopeful, trusting - ANOTHER SPIRIT - just different from the world.
The POSITIVE INHERIT GOD'S PROMISES
Date Added: 2007-10-30
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