Do not anger the Lord

Deuteronomy Bible Background

03.06.2018 – Old Testament: Deu 1.34–40

To read the Bible in a year, read Deuteronomy 1–2 on March 6, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

The Lord promised to give the Land of Canaan to Israel, but they wanted spies to investigate it and report on it first. Moses agreed to do so. Then the spies returned and ten of twelve discouraged Israel from going in and conquering the land. Moses reminded them, saying,

“And the LORD heard the sound of your words, and was angry, and took an oath, saying, ‘Surely not one of these men of this evil generation shall see that good land of which I swore to give to your fathers, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him and his children I am giving the land on which he walked, because he wholly followed the LORD.’ The LORD was also angry with me for your sakes, saying, ‘Even you shall not go in there. Joshua the son of Nun, who stands before you, he shall go in there. Encourage him, for he shall cause Israel to inherit it. Moreover your little ones and your children, who you say will be victims, who today have no knowledge of good and evil, they shall go in there; to them I will give it, and they shall possess it. But as for you, turn and take your journey into the wilderness by the Way of the Red Sea’” (Deuteronomy 1.34–40).

The men who said Israel could not take the Land of Canaan died, and those for whom they feared, their children, did enter the land and conquered it. Friends, let us come to know that believing and acting on the Lord’s promises brings blessings, but failing to believe Him leads to serious consequences.

Questions:

  • Do you believe all of the Lord’s promises?
  • Which promises do you have trouble accepting? Why?

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