devotional post # 2310
Num 14:39 When Moses told these words to all the people of Israel, the people mourned greatly.
Num 14:40 And they rose early in the morning and went up to the heights of the hill country, and this is what they said, “Here we are. We will go up to the place that Yahveh has promised, because we have sinned.”
Num 14:41 But Moses said, “Why now will you be transgressing the command of Yahveh, when that will not succeed?
Num 14:42 Do not go up, because Yahveh is not among you, or else you will be struck down in the sight of your enemies.
Num 14:43 Because there the Amalekites and the Canaanites are facing you, and you will fall by the sword. Because you have turned your back from following Yahveh, Yahveh will not be with you.”
Num 14:44 But they presumed to go up to the heights of the hill country, although neither the ark of the covenant of Yahveh nor Moses left from the camp.
Num 14:45 Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hill country came down and defeated them and pursued them, even as far as Hormah.
all the right things
Grief over sin and fear of the LORD’s judgment are good things. Courage to meet the LORD’s challenge and face your enemies is a good thing. But for the Israelites, after they had rejected the LORD’s path and followed the majority report of the scouts, all those good and right things were wrong. The law of Moses is a testimony to faith. Once faith is gone, obedience is disobedience.
LORD, give us the wisdom to follow you in faith — first. Do not allow us to substitute a pretend obedience for a true faith.