The Fighting Spirit
God had foretold that the Israelites would wander for 40 years (Num 14:33-34). On the 1st day of the 11th month of the 40th year, just a month before the 40 years of wandering would expire, God gave a command that they should move (Deut 1: 1-6). The Israelites may have been tired of waiting but God did not forget them. His words did not fall short. (Num 23:19).
The Israelites’ inheritance was on the other side of Jordan. If they didn’t cross the Jordan, they would only hear of the prophecy but never live it. Although, they would be aware of the promise, it would not be their reality.
They had been hearing the prophecies for 40 years but nothing was happening. They would have been like their descendants who in centuries to come, looked at their situation and said “Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.” (Ezek 37:11). They had no strength to lift up their heads to see what God was saying about them. God did not say their bones were dry. He replied them saying “I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves….. and shall put My Spirit in you and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land.” If you focus on the state of your problems, you will complain. Learn to stop complaining and speak the Word instead.
The affliction of Israel was very great and they had no helper. It seemed that they would soon be extinct but “the Lord said not” and because of this, He raised up Jeroboam to save them (2nd Kings 14:26-27). God never forgets, He sent Jonah to prophesy and raised Jeroboam to make the prophecy a reality (2nd Kings 14:25).
God gave Moses a commandment. It was not a piece of advice but a law to say “You have dwelt long enough on this mountain…..go in and take possession of the land” Prior to then, Moses had been speaking the Word of God (prophesying) but now the Lord commanded a movement (Deut 1:3-6).
Before the law to move came from God, kings Sihon and Og were defeated. There are some battles that need to be fought so you can stop circling the mountains and move into your promised land.
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