devotional post # 2308
Num 14:11 And Yahveh said to Moses, “How long will this people despise me? And how long will they not believe in me, despite all the signs that I have done among them?
Num 14:12 I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation more influential and mightier than they.”
Num 14:13 But Moses said to Yahveh, “Then the Egyptians will hear of it, because you resurrected this people by your might from among them,
Num 14:14 and they will tell the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that you, O Yahveh, are in the midst of this people. Because you, O Yahveh, are seen face to face, and your cloud stands over them and you go before them, in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night.
Num 14:15 Now if you exterminate this people as one man, then the nations who have heard your fame will say,
Num 14:16 ‘It is because Yahveh was not able to bring this people into the land that he swore to give to them that he has exterminated them in the wilderness.’
Num 14:17 And now, please let the power of Yahveh be great as you have promised, and this is what you said,
Num 14:18 ‘Yahveh is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving violation and transgression, but he will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the violation of the fathers on the children, to the third and the fourth generation.’
Num 14:19 Please pardon the violation of this people, according to the greatness of your steadfast love, just as you have forgiven this people, from Egypt until now.”
Num 14:20 Then Yahveh said, “I have pardoned, according to your word.
Num 14:21 But truly, as I live, and as all the earth will be filled with the impressive appearance of Yahveh,
Num 14:22 none of the men who have seen my impressive appearance and my signs that I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and yet have put me to the test these ten times and have not obeyed my voice,
Num 14:23 will see the land that I swore to give to their fathers. And none of those who despised me will see it.
Num 14:24 But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed me fully, I will bring into the land into which he went, and his descendants will possess it.
Num 14:25 Now, since the Amalekites and the Canaanites stay in the valleys, turn tomorrow and set out for the desert by the way to the Red Sea.”
The LORD seems to have offered Moses an alternative to his divine plan. He told Moses that he was going to exterminate Israel and make a new, obedient, triumphant nation out of him. But Moses knew this offer was a test. Would Moses take him up on the offer? No, because Moses knew that God’s ultimate plan was to glorify himself among the nations through Israel. This rebellious, disobedient nation is his plan. Through them, he will introduce his Messiah to the world, and save it.
Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us your only Son, our Savior–redeemer of all humanity. There is no alternative to him.