Leaving Egypt for Canaan
Though Caleb boldly proclaimed their ability to go up and claim the land, his fellow spies persisted in their evil report. The ten spies who brought an evil report upon the land, “died in the plague before the Lord, but Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh…lived (Numbers 14: 37,38).
“…and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: “The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. 8 If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’ 9 Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.” (Number 14:7-9)
With the departure of Moses, the Israelites were not hopeless. The believer must never be afraid of sudden change. The Lord is one who goes before the righteous to make the crooked places straight (Luke 3:5). Joshua’s faith was on trial when He was asked to go up into the promised land.
The work of God must go forward to its ordained completion. There is an appointed time for the promises of God. Canaan was a sovereign land, a free gift, promised to the children of Israel. None of their ancestors did anything to merit this reward. It was not land they were entitled. Canaan was first promised to Abraham. It was by faith – obedience that Canaan became his. The Israelites conquering and dispossessing the Canaanites and subsequently entering the promised land was done so by the power of God. There is an eternal inheritance for spiritual Israel that can only be given by Jesus Christ. When they finally come together it shall be said:
Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us,
But to Your name give glory,
Because of Your mercy,
Because of Your truth. Psalm 115:1
All glory belongs to the Lord. The work of God is never done by human hands.
… not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:5-7.
In contrast to their wilderness experience, Canaan was their place of rest. I pray that 2016 will move you into a place of rest. May God’s plan and purposes for your life be fulfilled (Matt 5:17). Look at change with spiritual eyes (Romans 8:7). May the Lord move you from Egypt to Canaan. Hallelujah!
The oath which He swore to our father Abraham:
To grant us that we,
Being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
Might serve Him without fear,
75 In holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life. Luke 1:73 -75
©Ruth Dickson Author UK Christian Author 5.1.16
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