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Each of our lives is marked by defining moments - times which have given definition to who we are and what we are. Some of them are positive and some of them are negative. They come at various different times and places and often we are unaware of just how much impact they will have on the rest of our life. The Bible is filled with defining moments. We see them in the lives of many of its characters and we also see them in the life of God's people Israel. One of these times is recorded for us in Numbers 13-14, when Israel stood at the door of the Promised Land at Kadesh-Barnea. Listen and see what happened and learn how things could have been different.
Pastor Jared preaches about the Israelites sending spies into the land God promised them. And some confusion they had about a few different things that we are still sometimes confused about.
As we approach 2013 and prepare to pursue God's purposes in the New Year, we can learn from the example of the Israelites who were tempted to stop short of what God had for them.
The fullness of God's blessing and therefore the experience and enjoyment of them for God's covenant people does not come in our earthly pilgrimmage, but in the new heavens and new earth that God will bring about. To live by faith in the God of Scripture is to live looking to the future and recognizing that our present circumstances as those who trust in Christ for salvation are meant to point us to the future. Thus faith in the God of Scripture is inseparable from hope in him. Among other things this means that the Christian must live demonstrating this hope despite seemingly small blessings from God and seemingly large opposition to God. Abraham demonstrates this hope despite having only one son, Isaac, with Sarah, and despite the rather large presence of people around him who did not know and serve Yahweh. Abraham's faithfulness in doing his duty to buy a burial plot for Sarah and in so doing purchasing the beginning portion of the Promised Land reveals that we demonstrate hope and participate with God in his bringing his kingdom by very simple act of righteousness and justice in relation to those closest to us in our families.
It is a paradox that God had promised Abraham and Sarah that they would inherit the land, but three quarters of a century after receiving that promise, they are still resident aliens in a foreign land, still sojourners living in tents, where the first land that Abraham owned outright was a grave, and that real estate had cost him a tidy sum.
Joshua 1:1-9 (KJV) 1 Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying, 2 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast. 5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. 7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest. 8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. 9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
Abram continues his journey into the Promised Land when famine hits and we get to see the way Abram acts when he is under pressure--and he ends up selling out his wife to save his own skin.
What does the Conquest theme in the Bible teach us? Through Joshua, God will give us victory over our enemies and lead us to promised rest.
Pastor Rob shares about expectations - unrealistic expectations and the pitfalls that come from them.