It must have been
disappointing for the Godhead to realize that the adult generation of
Hebrews rescued from Egypt was so full of unbelief that they could not
be brought into the Promised Land.
The people cried out
to the Lord when they were slaves in Egypt. Moses and Aaron and arrived
with supernatural events that devastated Egypt’s agriculture and
economy. In the final act, the Hebrews crossed a dry sea bed to safety
and watched Pharaoh’s army drowned by God.
The problem is that
the people did not have the same vision as God. They expected a
quick trip to the Promised Land, and once there, they expected to
move into riches and fame. The problem was that they had no personal
love for God. This was repeatedly made evident when they did not get
their own way; they were ready to ditch God and return to slavery in
As a result of their
unbelief and rebellion, Jesus sentenced them to an unusual punishment.
The adults slowly died during the next forty years and the children grew
up with the knowledge that their parents had been disciplined by God for
Aaron caved in to the
pressure and made a golden calf when the people demanded an idol to
worship. This is why he never made it into the Promised Land.
Moses got so
frustrated with the people that he took it out on Jesus and struck the
rock instead of speaking to it. This one mistake would cost him dearly
and he too was denied entry to the Promised Land.
Joshua and Caleb were
the only adults from Egypt who made it to the Promised Land with the
children 19 years old and younger.
Jesus wept over the
people who refused to obey and be blessed. Lucifer rejoiced that he was
able to corrupt the supernatural exodus from Egypt and hinder its
ringleaders – Moses and Aaron – from entering.
How many people today
are in the same condition as the Hebrews that died in the wilderness?
You were called, saved and delivered from your sins, but on the road to
the Promised Land, you got derailed, bogged down and now are unable to
How many Christians
never reach their full potential because they got bogged down by lust,
divorce, alcohol, drugs, greed, etc.? This is a somber message not to go
down the same road of unbelief. Cling to Jesus and be blessed!
Which generation are
you going to identify with? The generation that died in the wilderness
or the generation that reached the goal set by Jesus?
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Scriptures together Sunday morning at 9:00 AM PST.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor John S. Torell