Summary: When we read God’s word do we really believe it.
DO WE BELIEVE WHAT GOD SAYS?
21 "Not everyone who says to Me, "Lord, Lord,’will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.
Some how we seem not to believe the Word of God. We look at this verse and know Jesus said it, but we do not believe He means it. We think we can twist the word around to suit out own purpose and still make it into heaven. But, can we? Today we will look at one of the hardest working men in the Bible, one picked by God, one who worked until he was 120 years old for God and yet did not make the promise land. Moses is said to be a type of savior like unto Jesus, and the promise land is a type of heaven. Moses came as a savior to rescue the children of Israel from slavery, just as Jesus came to rescue us from a world of slavery to sin. Moses came to lead the children of Israel to the Promise Land, just as Jesus came to lead us to the Promise Land, heaven. From Exodus 2 thru DEUTERONOMY 34 we have the story of Moses from his birth to his death. In between we read about his youth in the house of Pharaoh raised as a ruler of Egypt. To the time he learned about who he really was and killed an Egyptian then fled to a far away land married and then in Exodus 3&4 God picked him to save His people. All of the many things Moses did in Egypt, the miracles God worked through him. Then to the leading of the people out of Egypt, what kind of undertaking was it?
Moses and the people were in the desert, but what was he going to do with them?
They had to be fed, and feeding 2 or 3 million people requires a lot of food. According to the Quartermaster General in the Army, it is reported that Moses would have to have had 1500 tons of food each day. Do you know that to bring that much food each day, two freight trains, each at least a mile long, would be required! Besides you must remember, they were out in the desert, so they would have to have firewood to use in cooking the food. This would take 4000 tons of wood and a few more freight trains, each a mile long, just for one day. And just think, they were forty years in transit. And Oh yes! They would have to have water. If they only had enough to drink and wash a few dishes, it would take 1,000,000 gallons each day and a freight train with tank cars, 1800 miles long, just to bring water! And then another thing! They had to get across the Red Sea at night. Now, if they went on a narrow path, double file, the line would be 800 miles long and would require 35 days and nights to get through. So there had to be a space in the Red Sea, 3 miles wide so that they could walk 5000 abreast to get over in one night.
But then, there is another problem each time they camped at the end of the day, a campground two thirds the size of the state of Rhode Island was required, or a total of 750 square miles long think of it! This much space for camping.
Do you think Moses figured all this out before he left Egypt? I think not!
You see, Moses believed in God. God took care of these things for him.
God gave Moses many instructions while in the wilderness, the Ten Commandments, the many Laws about what to eat, what to wear, how to
build the Tabernacle to how to worship, ect. God feed them and gave them all they needed to survive in that wilderness. Yet they would not believe God when He told them to go into the land and take possession of it, and because of their unbelief they were denied entrance. In NUMBERS 13 14 we find the people going into the land to see what was there. One from each of the twelve tribes, when they returned they reported what they had seen. Ten reported that the land was full of beautiful land with many fruits, but giants lived there and there was no way they cold ever take the land. But, two said yes the land was full of giants but with the help of God they could take it. So all the people had a meeting and decided not to try and take the land because they were afraid they would be killed. They rebelled against God and God was going to destroy them and make a nation out of Moses. But Moses pleaded with God and changed God’s mind then God sent this judgment against them.