Israel's Lack of FaithVolume 2, Number 13
Created Date: September 27, 2005
Posted Date: September 27, 2005
Vol 2 - No 13, September 27, 2005
Defeating the enemy by faith - Part 2:
Our last study dealt with the subject change in the eleventh chapter of Hebrews marked by the verse: "By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land and: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned." -. In this verse Israel was on the defensive but by faith was saved and the enemy destroyed. In the very next verse they were on the offensive and by faith gained victory over the enemy: "By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days." - . It is imperative to note the 40 year history that occurred between these two verses because what happened reveals how the Lord was able to give the Children of Israel such a victory at Jericho.
Moses and a few others had demonstrated their faith in God's Word upon exiting Egypt, however the corporate body of Israel was marked by total lapses of faith. Not long after the exodus and at God's command Moses selected 12 spies to search out the land of Canaan - Numbers 13. They returned back after 40 days,, with a report that it was indeed flowing with milk and honey,& but was inhabited by giants, a strong people with well fortified cities - . Ten of the 12 spies lacked faith in God's Word and emphasized the size and strength of the inhabitants in the land, reporting that they would not be able to take it. Only two (2), Joshua and Caleb, had faith that Israel could conquer and take the land - Numbers 13:30 & 14:6. The people listened to the ten and were filled with fear, loudly complaining that they wanted to appoint a captain to take them back to Egypt - . Moses, Aaron and Joshua fell on their faces imploring that the Lord was able to do what He said He would, verses 5 - 9, but to no avail. The people were ready to stone Moses, Aaron and Joshua and so God was ready to destroy the lot of Israel and make a great nation from Moses, verses 10 - 12, but Moses prayed to God to save them, verses 13 - 19.
This was the tenth time Israel had rebelled against God's Word, even after having witnessed first hand the magnificent, supernatural miracles He had performed -. They had seen the terrible plagues inflicted on Egypt, from which they had been immune and by which they had been released from Egypt. The entire nation, estimated to have been 2