Summary: What caused the Israelites to depart from the land of blessing and wander in the wilderness of regrets?

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Title: The Wilderness of Regret

Text: Numbers 13:25-33; 14: 1-4;26-38


The Israelites during the time of Moses was living in a privilege time and hour. After being enslaved by the Egyptian God was about to use Israel in a mighty manner.

1. Their coming out of Egypt was the fulfilment of God’s prophesy to Abraham in Gen 15:13-14.

2. They were called and chosen to be God’s agents inflicting judgement on the wicked inhabitants of Canaan.

3. They were given the promise land as an inheritance as they execute God’s plan.

4. They were promised empowerment and protection as they obeyed God’s call.

The story of Israel has often puzzled my heart. God wanted to bring Israel to a place of blessing, where they can fulfill their call and destiny. Yet they refused to partner with God and rebelled against Moses.

Was their memory so short? It was not too long ago that they saw God’s power in motion and now they want to turn back to the land of bondage and affliction.

It was a story of so near yet so far. They were so near to the promise land, and all they need was to make the all-important decision to step in. A moment of folly caused them to make a wrong decision. It was s decision that caused them their blessings, calling, and inheritance. Instead of an eleven-day journey into the promise land, for the next 40 years they wandered in the wilderness of regrets.

This morning I have entitled my message as: The Wilderness of Regrets

Paul told the Corinthian church in 1Cor 10:11 that the story of the Moses Generation was written as a warning to us

What caused the Israelites to depart from the land of blessing and wander in the wilderness of regrets?

There are three reasons:

1. They listened to an Evil Report.

12 spies who were leaders represent each tribe went into the promise land. They saw a good fertile land flowing with milk and honey. It was God’s vision for them.

10 of them came back and they told the people, the land is indeed good, but ….

Christian without faith always have a “but” insert into the middle of a sentence.

I remembered in an earlier church, which I was in. I was in the church board and in one particular meeting we were discussing about some projects, which require money. One board member said, “The spirit is willing, but the pocket is weak.”

The ten leaders of their respective tribes gave a report of

a. Unbelief and fear.

They saw the giants of the land, they heard the whispers of unbelief and fear and instantly their hearts melted.

b. Selfishness.

They started to think to themselves if the Israelites indeed enter into Canaan land it means, they might have to sacrifice their lives in warfare. They will lose their comforts. As these thoughts race across their minds, they decided that they would incite a rebellion against God.

Why did one whole generation wandered in the wilderness of regrets? It was because their leaders were not men of faith. They were not people who were self-sacrificial.

God’s leaders must be able to envision the vision God gives to his people and move into it. Their own comfort and security must not be placed above God’s plans and purpose.

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