Deuteronomy 2:14 New International Version (NIV)
Thirty-eight years passed from the time we left Kadesh Barnea until we crossed the Zered Valley. By then, that entire generation of fighting men had perished from the camp, as the LORD had sworn to them.
What happened at Kadesh Barnea?
Numbers 13:26-33 New International Version (NIV)
Report on the Exploration
They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites,Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.” Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
Israelites thought that they were like grasshoppers to the people of the land, but how did the people of the land view them?
Joshua 2:8-10 New International Version (NIV)
Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof and said to them, “I know that the LORD has given you this land and that a great fearof you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. We have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea[a] for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed.[b]
The Red Sea happened 40 years prior!
- Isralites spent two years walking with God and 38 years wandering. Are we walking with God or wandering? What is the difference?
- John 5:5 – picture of Israel wandering – Jesus healed him
- The ones against going in spoke of the difficulties everywhere
- Joshua and Caleb acknowledged the difficulties but had faith that they could be overcome with God. They saw God and his vast resources not their limitations and circumstances.
- Faith looks at how big our God is, his resources and that nothing is impossible with God, unbelief looks at self and circumstances.
- God had prepared a land for them and wanted them to take possession of it but they wouldn’t, due to their fear.
- Today God wants us to enter His rest – Hebrews 4:1. This is the only place God tells us to fear in the whole bible. Otherwise He tells us to fear not. We should fear that we do not rest, that we become fearful over life’s circumstances, we should fear that we do not trust in God!
- We enter the rest and through entering the rest of God, He will provide.
- There will be troubles and difficulties that the devil wants us to focus on, but we need to rest and focus on God and Jesus and their resources.
- We need to take possession of the future that God has in front of us!