devotional post # 2307
Num 14:1 Then all the congregation raised a loud cry, and the people wept that night.
Num 14:2 And all the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The whole congregation said to them, “We wish that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or we wish that we had died in this desert!
Num 14:3 Why is Yahveh bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become a prey. Would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?”
Num 14:4 And they said to one another, “Let us choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”
Num 14:5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces in the sight of all the collected assembly of the congregation of the people of Israel.
Num 14:6 And Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes
Num 14:7 and said to all the congregation of the people of Israel, “The land, which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceedingly good land.
Num 14:8 If Yahveh delights in us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey.
Num 14:9 Only do not rebel against Yahveh. And do not fear the people of the land, because they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and Yahveh is with us; do not fear them.”
Num 14:10 Then all the congregation said to stone them with stones. But the impressive appearance of Yahveh appeared at the conference tent to all the people of Israel.
fear can lead to rebellion
After the majority of the Israelite scouts gave their grasshopper report, fear overtook the community. It got so bad that the people threatened to stone Joshua and Caleb. Those two stood out as faithful to the LORD, and spoke out against the fear which was making the Israelites rebel against God.
Fear can make a good person stop doing good things. It can cause rebellion, and lead to judgment and condemnation.
MIGHTY GOD, keep us from the fear that could force us to forsake your mission. Build faith and faithfulness in us.