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Wilderness High Lights: The Book of Numbers- Wandering Spies the Progression of Panic

Psalm 78; 2 I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, 3 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. 4 We will not conceal them from their children, but tell to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength and His wondrous works that He has done.
5 For He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law (TOWRAH) in Israel, which He commanded our fathers that they should teach them to their children, 6 That the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, that they may arise and tell them to their children, 7 That they should put their confidence in God and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments, 8 And not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not prepare its heart and whose spirit was not faithful to God.

Numbers 14; 24 But My servant Caleb, because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land which he entered, and his descendants shall take possession of it.

–Bamidbar-wilderness, also known as the book of Numbers: we have entered the desert place, the howling wilderness in which the Lord brings us, free from high fortified walls, free from noise and commotion, free from self sufficiency and confidence in the work of our own hands…in the wilderness God speaks to us. From here we are led into a place where our complete and total reliance is upon the Lord and His provision. From here we are presented with the option to follow His lead or to go our own way. From the wilderness we will uncover what spirit we are filled with and if it is that of God, what it will lead us to do with our lives. In His hands, at His feet, let us listen to what He will teach.

Numbers (Bamidbar)13;1 Then the Lord spoke to Moses saying, 2 “Send out for yourself men so that they may spy (TUWR) out the land of Canaan, which I am going to give to the sons of Israel; you shall send a man from each of their fathers’ tribes, every one a leader (NASIY) among them.” 3 So Moses sent them from the wilderness of Paran at the command of the Lord, all of them men who were heads (ROSH) of the sons of Israel.

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–At first reading it might seem God was the one who sent in the spies to reconnoiter [re·con·noi·ter -verb-
to inspect, observe, or survey (the enemy, the enemy’s strength or position, a region, etc.) in order to gain information for military purposes. Synonyms: Examine, inquire, probe, survey, explore, look, scout] the Land of Canaan (Nu. 13;2) Then it appears as if it were Moses who is doing the sending (Nu. 13; 3). If we look on into Deuteronomy 1;22 we discover that the idea originated with the people, Moses took it to God and God allowed it.

H8446 tuwr toor a primitive root; to meander (causatively, guide) about, especially for trade or reconnoitering.

-What kind of people were these “spies”? Moshe chose and sent men who were heads, as princes of their tribes. These were leaders of their people. Leaders, shepherds, princes, chiefs, counselors even…and this is precisely why the damage from the evil report they returned with was so great. These men were intended to be people that would come back from this mission and would be able to go to the people encouraging them, strengthening them, pouring out the news of the wonderful blessed land they were about to enter and the people would believe them, they would trust what they said. The people would rely upon their report and their leadership would allow the people to form their opinions regarding the conquest of Canaan. This is exactly what happened, the people trusted, relied upon and believed these heads of their tribes and were persuaded accordingly…unfortunately the word they were given was one of fear, terror, defeat and doubt. The people were persuaded by the spies, counseled into a sense of mistrust in the God Who had lead them this far into life and victory…they were led into a sense of diminutive powerlessness.

H5387 nasiy’ naw-see’ or nasi8 {naw-see’}; from H5375; properly, an exalted one, i.e. a king or sheik; also a rising mist.

H7218 ro’sh roshe from an unused root apparently meaning to shake; the head (as most easily shaken), whether literal or figurative (in many applications, of place, time, rank, etc.).

 

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Deuteronomy (Devarim) 1; 9 “Then we set out from Horeb, and went through all that great and terrible wilderness which you saw on the way to the hill country of the Amorites, just as the Lord our God had commanded us; and we came to Kadesh-barnea. 20 I said to you, ‘You have come to the hill country of the Amorites which the Lord our God is about to give us. 21 See, the Lord your God has placed the land before you; go up, take possession, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has spoken to you. Do not fear or be dismayed.’ 22 “Then all of you approached me and said, ‘Let us send men before us, that they may search out (CHAPHAR) the land for us, and bring back to us word of the way by which we should go up and the cities which we shall enter.’ 23 The thing pleased me and I took twelve of your men, one man for each tribe. 24 They turned and went up into the hill country, and came to the valley of Eshcol and spied it out (RAGAL). 25 Then they took some of the fruit of the land in their hands and brought it down to us; and they brought us back a report and said, ‘It is a good land which the Lord our God is about to give us.’

H2658 chaphar khaw-far’ -a primitive root; properly, to pry into; by implication, to delve, to explore.

H7270 ragal raw-gal’ a primitive root; to walk along; but only in specifically, applications, to reconnoiter, to be a tale-bearer (i.e. slander); also (as denominative from H7272) to lead about.

–We are in a time where there are not only wars going on around us but there is the daily threat and rumor of war which will become an actualized part of the reality in the nation at some point in the none too distant future. There is a day of Promise set out before us, a Rest which we have a good report about from the lips of our Salvation, Yeshua the Messiah. If we can but stay true now and remain courageous…following good leaders, hearkening to good shepherds and moving at the prompting of the Spirit, looking for the cloud and fire which guides us…we will be able to enter the Promise and the Rest. If we can not discern the spirits which are around us and within us…if we are unable to differentiate between the good and the evil reports we will hear, there will be a wilderness delay for us…an indefinite wandering, a falling away.

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Hebrews 13; 7 Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.

Psalm 78; 70 He also chose David His servant and took him from the sheepfolds; 71 From the care of the ewes with suckling lambs He brought him to shepherd Jacob His people, and Israel His inheritance.
72 So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, and guided them with his skillful hands.

–What will happen to the False Shepherds?

Jeremiah 23; 3 “Woe to the shepherds (RA’AH) who are destroying and scattering the sheep of My pasture!” declares the Lord. 2 Therefore thus says the Lord God of Israel concerning the shepherds who are tending My people: “You have scattered My flock and driven them away, and have not attended to them; behold, I am about to attend to you for the evil of your deeds,” declares the Lord. 3 “Then I Myself will gather the remnant of My flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and bring them back to their pasture, and they will be fruitful and multiply. 4 I will also raise up shepherds over them and they will tend them; and they will not be afraid any longer, nor be terrified, nor will any be missing,” declares the Lord.

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H7462 ra`ah raw-aw’ -a primitive root; to tend a flock; i.e. pasture it; intransitively, to graze (literally or figuratively); generally to rule; by extension, to associate with (as a friend).

–It is fascinating to me that upon the failure of the generation of the spies, everyone is punished, so to speak. The children of the men of this generation who were unable to hearken to the good report which Caleb and Joshua brought, were condemned to wander forty years in the desert. The Hebrew in the text though does not say “Wander”. It says they will be in the desert forty years. Yes, it is a delay, no it was not ideally what God had intended for them…but He will yet be with them. He is not abandoning them, He expresses that they will be shepherds in the wilderness (bamidbar), perhaps this could allude to the idea that they are going to become the men that the generation of the spies could not be. Their children will become the leaders (the heads, the princes, the Shepherds) who will be able to fear and trust in God, to conquer and obtain the victory and Land of promise.

Numbers 14; 33 Your sons shall be shepherds (RA’AH) for forty years in the wilderness, and they will suffer for your unfaithfulness, until your corpses lie in the wilderness.

H7686 shagah shaw-gaw’ a primitive root; to stray (causatively, mislead), usually (figuratively) to mistake, especially (morally) to transgress; by extension (through the idea of intoxication) to reel, (figuratively) be enraptured.

Ezekiel 34;1 Then the word of the Lord came to me saying, 2 “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy and say to those shepherds (RA’AH), ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Woe, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flock? 3 You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat sheep without feeding the flock. 4 Those who are sickly you have not strengthened, the diseased you have not healed, the broken you have not bound up, the scattered you have not brought back, nor have you sought for the lost; but with force and with severity you have dominated them. 5 They were scattered for lack of a shepherd, and they became food for every beast of the field and were scattered. 6 My flock wandered (SHAGAH) through all the mountains and on every high hill; My flock was scattered over all the surface of the earth, and there was no one to search or seek for them.”’” 11 For thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. 12 As a shepherd cares for his herd in the day when he is among his scattered sheep, so I will care for My sheep and will deliver them from all the places to which they were scattered on a cloudy and gloomy day. 13 I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries and bring them to their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the streams, and in all the inhabited places of the land. 14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and their grazing ground will be on the mountain heights of Israel. There they will lie down on good grazing ground and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15 I will feed My flock and I will lead them to rest,” declares the Lord God. 16 “I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken and strengthen the sick; but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with judgment.

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–Is the Torah of the Lord not amazing! Genesis 42, Here we see Joseph, a father to Pharaoh, Lord of all Pharaoh’s house and ruler of all Egypt. He accuses his brothers of being spies who have come to reconnoiter the land, they sat they are only there to sample the food (remember what the spies of Numbers do? They actually are going in to reconnoiter the land but they are told to procure some of the produce, the food of Canaan to bring back to their houses. ) How many spies were there? Twelve, but only ten of them gave the bad report to the Children of Israel. How many spies stand before Joseph? Ten, (Joseph and Benjamin who is back at home with Jacob…correspond to the two “good spies”- Caleb and Joshua).

Genesis 42; 9 Joseph remembered the dreams which he had about them, and said to them, “You are spies (RAGAL); you have come to look at the undefended parts of our land.” 10 Then they said to him, “No, my lord, but your servants have come to buy food. 11 We are all sons of one man; we are honest men, your servants are not spies (RAGAL).” 12 Yet he said to them, “No, but you have come to look at the undefended parts of our land!”

H7270 ragal raw-gal’-a primitive root; to walk along; but only in specifically, applications, to reconnoiter, to be a tale-bearer (i.e. slander); also (as denominative from H7272) to lead about.

Psalm 15;1 O Lord, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill? 2 He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart. 3 He does not slander (RAGAL)with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; 4 In whose eyes a reprobate is despised, but who honors those who fear the Lord; He swears to his own hurt and does not change;
5 He does not put out his money at interest, nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.

–The Hebrew word ragal, it can mean to reconnoiter but also to be a tale bearer, it can refer to slander (as the psalmist uses it above.) What is the connection between spying something or someone out and bringing a bad report or slander? Where in our lives might we have given a bad report? Is it evident that complaints are bad reports? Let us be aware.

H1681 dibbah dib-baw’ from H1680 (in the sense of furtive motion); slander.

Numbers 13;30 Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it.” 31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us.” 32 So they gave out to the sons of Israel a bad report (DIBBAH) of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone, in spying it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants; and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great size. 33 There also we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim); and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”

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—The power of the tongue. Take a look at the Hebrew term used for bad report- Dibbah. It means slander.
What are the princes of the tribes telling the people? First off remember, they didn’t come back and go to their authorities (to Moshe and Aaron) with the report. The spies return and go to Moses and Aaron in the sight of all the people. They had forty days (a time known to signify testing, see the link for more: https://safeguardingtheeternal.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/fortyten-and-the-time-of-testing/) to formulate their message. They planned what they would communicate and the way they would do so, they take the fruit of the land which was meant to be proof of its abundance and blessings and twist its purposes into inciting fear. The fruit they were to bring back metaphorically was also to be an assessment of the character of the people of the Land. Would there by any righteousness found among them that would stay God’s hand in battle against them? The report that the Nephilim were in the land should have sealed and confirmed that God would wage war against them for His people but the princes and the people missed the entire point. The land is slandered thus the blessing is spurned and God is rejected once again.

Genesis 37;1 Now Jacob lived in the land where his father had sojourned, in the land of Canaan. 2 These are the records of the generations of Jacob. Joseph, when seventeen years of age, was pasturing the flock with his brothers while he was still a youth, along with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives. And Joseph brought back a bad report (DIBBAH) about them to their father. 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a varicolored tunic. 4 His brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers; and so they hated him and could not speak to him on friendly terms.

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–Did you notice from the Genesis 37 text what it was that Joseph did to begin the progression of hatred amongst the brothers? He slanders them. He brings back a bad report- Dibbah- to his father. Jacob plays favorites with Joseph. Looking back into our Numbers text, of all the hand picked men…there is one who gets a blessing from Moshe. Joshua, whose name had been Hoshea previously gets changed right before entering the Land for the first time, interestingly there is one man who received a blessing, a new name Yehoshua- a form of Yeshua, meaning God saved. Another instance of favorite playing? Clearly Yehoshua and Calev were not on the same page as the other spies, one has to wonder what the journey back to the Israelite camp was like.

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Psalm 31; 12 I am forgotten as a dead man, out of mind; I am like a broken vessel. 13 For I have heard the slander (DIBBAH) of many, terror is on every side; while they took counsel together against me, they schemed to take away my life. 14 But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord, I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in Your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me.
16 Make Your face to shine upon Your servant; save me in Your loving-kindness.

G1455 egkathetos eng-kath’-et-os from G1722 and a derivative of G2524; sub induced, i.e. surreptitiously suborned as a liar-in-wait.

Luke 20;20 So they watched Him, and sent spies (EGKATHETOS) who pretended to be righteous, in order that they might catch Him in some statement, so that they could deliver Him to the rule and the authority of the governor. 21 They questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, we know that You speak and teach correctly, and You are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth. 22 Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” 23 But He detected their trickery and said to them, 24 “Show Me a denarius. Whose likeness and inscription does it have?” They said, “Caesar’s.” 25 And He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 26 And they were unable to catch Him in a saying in the presence of the people; and being amazed at His answer, they became silent.

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–In the presence of the people, Yeshua was approached. He was approached with evil intent and surreptitiously. The men who sought to spy him out also sought to catch him bringing a bad report. They sought to find him either blaspheming God or teaching something that would excuse them handing him over to earthly authorities. Unlike the Israelites who could not see past the sweet introduction of slanderous lips, the flattery and smooth tongue ( Numbers 13;27 Thus they told him, and said, “We went in to the land where you sent us; and it certainly does flow with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28 Nevertheless…) Yeshua immediately knew their intention and answered them accordingly. He in no way diminished the power and authority of His Father, in fact he confirmed His dominion over the souls of men…as he admitted the gold and silver and things that fade and pass away, the same things that are needed to build earthly kingdoms that deteriorate and crumble – are the things that belong to men of this world. The victory which lasts forever is of God and those who will trust in Him to conquer all giants.

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Deuteronomy 1; 26 “Yet you were not willing to go up, but rebelled against the command of the Lord your God; 27 and you grumbled in your tents and said, ‘Because the Lord hates us, He has brought us out of the land of Egypt to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites to destroy us. 28 Where can we go up? Our brethren have made our hearts melt, saying, “The people are bigger and taller than we; the cities are large and fortified to heaven. And besides, we saw the sons of the Anakim there.”’ 29 Then I said to you, ‘Do not be shocked, nor fear them. 30 The Lord your God who goes before you will Himself fight on your behalf, just as He did for you in Egypt before your eyes, 31 and in the wilderness where you saw how the Lord your God carried you, just as a man carries his son, in all the way which you have walked until you came to this place.’ 32 But for all this, you did not trust the Lord your God, 33 who goes before you on your way, to seek out a place for you to encamp, in fire by night and cloud by day, to show you the way in which you should go.

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–“We should have just stayed in misery to die in Egypt!” The people say. They were dying in Egypt. For years their children were thrown into the river and used as mortar in the walls of an idolatrous kingdom.
“It would have been better to die in this wilderness!” They should have died in the wilderness, by all rights this is what the nations attested to when they leave Egypt. There could be no one to survive the journey in the desert as they did. But they had survived, and not only that but they had lived! They were babied all the way, with water and heavenly bread, with meat and shade and light…their clothes never wore out and they were lead by the Creator of heaven and earth every step of their journey. He sustained and nurtured them even in the most severe circumstances and now they slander Him, His Name, His Heart, His Purpose, His Intention, His Ability, His Might and His Promise. It is almost as if they take off the wedding ring and throw it at His Face. They accuse Him of bringing them into the Land to kill them, they accuse God of stripping them of their wives and children (note: while the text says the whole congregation is addressing God, the mention of “our” wives and children might indicate it is the men of age who are leading this particular accusation.) They are panicking and letting all reason fall to the ground, all truth is forgotten. They ask: “Wouldn’t it be better in Egypt?” Forgetting everything and focusing in on their past instead of the future. Then they decide: “We will appoint a new leader, this leader will take us back to Egypt.”
Indeed this is a picture of what scripture says will happen in the days to come. When we are on the cusp of entering the Promised Rest, there will be heightened tribulation (Egypt- Mitzrayim- can be translated as trial or tribulation). At the height of the tribulation for believers there will be the option to appoint someone else, a new leader…to take some back to the path unto death. There will be a falling away and they will not listen to the voice of reason. In that day as in our text the true leaders are humble and fall on their face before God and appeal to man not to heed the voice of the deceiver. Fear will be a big tool of the father of lies, remember this and trust in God. Do not reach down to throw stones at the righteous and humble leaders sent by the Rock, rely on Him and know the Lord is with you.

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[ An Important ‘Rabbit Trail’ (Read with your heart. Take in the word and let Him arm you) :
Daniel 11; 15 Then the king of the North will come, cast up a siege ramp and capture a well-fortified city; and the forces of the South will not stand their ground, not even their choicest troops, for there will be no strength to make a stand. 16 But he who comes against him will do as he pleases, and no one will be able to withstand him; he will also stay for a time in the Beautiful Land, with destruction in his hand. 17 He will set his face to come with the power of his whole kingdom, bringing with him a proposal of peace which he will put into effect; he will also give him the daughter of women to ruin it. But she will not take a stand for him or be on his side.21 In his place a despicable person will arise, on whom the honor of kingship has not been conferred, but he will come in a time of tranquility and seize the kingdom by intrigue. 22 The overflowing forces will be flooded away before him and shattered, and also the prince of the covenant. 23 After an alliance is made with him he will practice deception, and he will go up and gain power with a small force of people. 24 In a time of tranquility he will enter the richest parts of the realm, and he will accomplish what his fathers never did, nor his ancestors; he will distribute plunder, booty and possessions among them, and he will devise his schemes against strongholds, but only for a time.

II Thessalonians 2; 1 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Matthew 24; 9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened. 23 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand. 26 “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

Revelation 14; 6 Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people— 7 saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.” 8 And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” 9 Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” 12 Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. 13 Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”]

Numbers 14;1 Then all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night. 2 All the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron; and the whole congregation said to them, “Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness! 3 Why is the Lord bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become plunder; would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?” 4 So they said to one another, “Let us appoint a leader and return to Egypt.” 5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces in the presence of all the assembly of the congregation of the sons of Israel. 6 Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, of those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; 7 and they spoke to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, saying, “The land which we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. 8 If the Lord is pleased with us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us—a land which flows with milk and honey. 9 Only do not rebel against the Lord; and do not fear the people of the land, for they will be our prey. Their protection has been removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them.” 10 But all the congregation said to stone them with stones. Then the glory of the Lord appeared in the tent of meeting to all the sons of Israel.

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–I believe there is a connection to make here, there is a cycle of human failure that we can break if we are armed. If we allow God to do the fighting for us. If we can look at the wonders in the eternal Word of God and believe in our hearts that He has accomplished all the things herein, what is it that would ever be beyond Him? [ Isaiah 50; 2 Why, when I came, was there no man? Why, when I called, was there none to answer? Is My hand shortened at all that it cannot redeem? Or have I no power to deliver? Isaiah 59; 1 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear.] History repeats itself and what has been will be again. The people, I submit…some of the same people, who laid their coats on the road crying “Hosanah!” with one breath as Yeshua entered the Great City, in another breath raised “Crucify him!” There is a progression in panic, there is a progression in reliance upon the flesh, their is a progression in folly and the belief in our own abilities over the capability of the Lord Most High.There is a progression when one hearkens to slander. How to stop it? Truth. Stay in it. Wash yourselves daily in the eternal word of God recalling His kindness and mercy, remembering the wonder of His might.

Matthew 21; 8 Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road. 9 The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!” 10 When He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.”

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Matthew 27;11 Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor questioned Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” And Jesus said to him, “It is as you say.” 12 And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He did not answer. 13 Then Pilate *said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?” 14 And He did not answer him with regard to even a single charge, so the governor was quite amazed. 15 Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the people any one prisoner whom they wanted. 16 At that time they were holding a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas. 17 So when the people gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” 18 For he knew that because of envy they had handed Him over. 19 While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent him a message, saying, “Have nothing to do with that righteous Man; for [last night I suffered greatly in a dream because of Him.” 20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to put Jesus to death. 21 But the governor said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” 22 Pilate *said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all *said, “Crucify Him!” 23 And he said, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they kept shouting all the more, saying, “Crucify Him!”

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H6817 tsa`aq tsaw-ak’ a primitive root;- to shriek; (by implication) to proclaim (an assembly).

H3444 yshuw`ah yesh-oo’-aw feminine passive participle of H3467; something saved, i.e. (abstractly) deliverance; hence, aid, victory, prosperity.

Exodus 14; 10 As Pharaoh drew near, the sons of Israel looked, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they became very frightened; so the sons of Israel cried (TSA’AQ) out to the Lord. 11 Then they said to Moses, “Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you dealt with us in this way, bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Is this not the word that we spoke to you in Egypt, saying, ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” 13 But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation (YESHUA) of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. 14 The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.” 15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward. 16 As for you, lift up your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, and the sons of Israel shall go through the midst of the sea on dry land.

–The people when facing the giants in the Land, having been tainted by the slanderous report, forgot the walls of water which they had walked through, they forgot the fire and thunder and the very Glory of God on the mountain. The people forgot the terror of Egypt and the display of God’s might…they submitted to fear of men and forgot the fear and reverence of God, their protector and guide. How can we keep from repeating these cycles? REMEMBER continually what the Lord has done for you. Recall it, replay it in your mind, testify to it OFTEN and repeatedly. Praise God for all the things He has done, past and present and glorify Him for all that He has promised He will do. Surrender your fear and dismay and worry to Him and give Him the glory and honor for the Victory NOW. Then stand by and see the Yeshua of the Lord and how He fights for you!

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Baruch Attah ADONAI Eloheinu Melech HaOlam.
Blessed are You Lord our God Creator and King of the universe,
You have blessed us with Your Torah of Truth,
You have blessed us with the entire counsel of Your Living Word.
You alone have planted among us Life Eternal.
Blessed are You Lord our God,
Gracious Giver of the Torah.
B’Shem Yeshua HaMashiac. Amein.

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