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Week 9 Day 4
In the Bible we see both God's wrath and God's graceGod's wrath is temporary God's grace endures generation after generation.
The book of Numbers covers a period of almost 40 years.It is characterized by unbelief ingratitude rebellionThere is a lot of anger on the part of the people Moses God.
How did Moses rise to such stature as a leader? he didn't look promising back in Egypt or in Midian But now he is a giant of strength and compassion for these difficult people
Despite the awful things they say to him and about him Moses intercedes often on their behalf and saves their lives He even talks sense into God's head and God accepts his counsel!
There are times whenGod offers no second chance when God shows his back and not his face.
GOD'S VENGEANCE The price is forty years in the wilderness. Numbers 14
20Then the Lord said: "I have pardoned, according to your word; 21but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord--22because all these men who have seen My glory and the signs which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have put Me to the test and have not heeded My voice, 23they certainly shall not see the land which I swore to their fathers. 25Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwell in the valley; tomorrow turn and move out into the wilderness by the way of the Red Sea." 26The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 27"How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who complain against Me? I have heard the complaints. 28Say to them, 'As I live,' says the Lord, 'just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you: 29The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number from twenty years old and above. 30Except for Caleb and Joshua, you shall by no means enter the land which I swore I would make you dwell in. 31"'But your little ones, whom you said would be victims, I will bring in, and they shall know the land which you have despised. 32As for you, your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness. 33Your sons shall be shepherds in the wilderness forty years. 34According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, for each day you shall bear your guilt one year, and you shall know My rejection. 35 I the Lord have spoken this. I will surely do so.'" 39Then Moses told the children of Israel, and the people mourned greatly. 40They rose early in the morning and went to the top of the mountain, saying, "Here we are, and we will go to the place the Lord has promised, for we have sinned!" 41Moses said, 42"Do not go up, lest you be defeated by your enemies, for the Lord is not among you, 43because you have turned away from the Lord." 44But they presumed to go up to the mountaintop. Nevertheless, neither the ark of the covenant nor Moses departed from the camp. 45Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who dwelt in that mountain came down and attacked them, and drove them back as far as Hormah. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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