Week 9  Day 4

In the Bible we see both
      God's wrath and God's grace
God'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
There is a lot of anger on the part of the people

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 when
God 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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