continue to examine the responsibility of mankind, we are going to study
obedience, faith and rebellion. Since God is the Creator and Owner of
this universe it is logical to find out how He wants to run things. The
children of Israel is the best example to find out how God thinks, how
He reacts to events on this earth and what He wants from each human
being. It was a divine project to move the children of Israel from Egypt
to the Promised Land.
first thing God had to deal with was unbelief. When God revealed Himself
to Moses through the burning bush and told him about going back to
Egypt, Moses was full of unbelief and tried to convince the Lord
otherwise. God had to show Moses a little of His wrath which kicked in
his self-preservation. He decided to obey the Lord in the face of
Moses had made up his mind and had been shown two miracles he could
perform for the Israelites and Egyptians, he set out to convince Aaron
to also sign up for God's plan. I question whether Aaron truly believed
God and had a personal relationship with Him because he made a golden
calf when under pressure from the people while Moses was on the mountain
Moses and Aaron met with the 12 tribal leaders of Israel, they all
agreed to join God's plan to get them out of Egypt. But they changed
their minds as soon as Pharaoh pushed back and made life worse for the
Israelites and had them severely beaten. They lost all faith and wanted
remain in Egypt as slaves in order to lessen their pain.
exodus began and they began the journey to the Promised Land, they did
so in unbelief. When they encountered the Red Sea, they sang thee old
song called "Let's go back to Egypt." That was the only song they really
liked and they sang it every time they ran out of food, water or met a
seemingly impossible obstacle.
sang song again when they found out that the Promised Land was already
occupied by other people and that there were giants in the land. God had
enough of that song and He sentenced all adults who were age 21 and over
to death. What was unique was that it would be carried out for the next
40 years as they wandered around in the wilderness.
people did not like their punishment so they decided to take the
Promised Land through their own power. They completely failed to
understand that God was in charge, and when they disobeyed, there would
be dire consequences that could not be avoided.
they began the miserable 40 year walk, they became upset because Moses
had gone to talk to the Lord for 40 days. In their unbelief and
stupidity, they demanded for Aaron to make them an idol they could
worship while they walked back to Egypt. This of course angered the Lord
and lead to more deaths.
Spirit had Paul to write a strong warning to the Christians in the
letter to the Hebrews. Paul made it clear that God does not like
murmuring nor does God like it when people disobey Him. He cannot stand
people with unbelief and rebellion is like witchcraft to the Lord. God
is looking for people with faith, who are willing to be obedient in all
things. Join me this Sunday to find out where you fit into this
Print out the sermon outline and let's examine the
Scriptures together Sunday morning at 9:00 AM PST.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor John S. Torell