James M. Moody
READING FOR WORSHIP GUIDE: Numbers 14: 1-9
|Sunday||10/23||Proverbs Ch. 23; Numbers 14: 1-25|
|Monday||10/24||Proverbs Ch. 24; Numbers 14: 25-45|
|Tuesday||10/25||Proverbs Ch. 25; Genesis 4: 1-26|
|Wednesday||10/26||Proverbs Ch. 26; Matthew 11: 1-30|
|Thursday||10/27||Proverbs Ch. 27; Hebrews 10: 19-39|
|Friday||10/28||Proverbs Ch. 28; Hebrews 11: 1-22; I Kings 3: 1-15|
|Saturday||10/29||Proverbs Ch. 29; Hebrews 11: 23-40; Psalm 27: 1-14|
By Pleasing God!
Numbers 14: 1-9 – That night all the members of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. 2 All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness! 3 Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” 4 And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”
5 Then Moses and Aaron fell face down in front of the whole Israelite assembly gathered there. 6 Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes 7 and said to the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. 8 If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. 9 Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”
Placing verses 8 & 9, “If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. 9 Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.” in their proper context, we find that Joshua and Caleb are not asking a question but responding to lack of faith demonstrated by their Hebrew brothers and sisters. A study of the words spoken by Joshua and Caleb reveal the following:
So we could rewrite Numbers 14: 8-9 this way, “Yahweh (He is) is already happy (pleased) to do this, to bring us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and it is Yahweh’s (He is) will to give it to us, so it’s already ours. 9Don’t blow this by rebelling against the Lord. And don’t miss Yahweh’s (He is) promise by ‘chickening-out’ in front of these folk, because we will eat them up. Their protection is gone, but trust that Yahweh (He is) is happily rolling with us. Don’t ‘chicken-out’ now in front of these guys.”
HOW DO I PLEASE GOD?
“God, I want to shift my focus from what pleases me to what pleases you. Amen.”
INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.View Sermon PDF