“Take the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, from twenty years old and upward…But among these there was not a man of them whom Moses and Aaron the priest numbered, when they numbered the children of Israel in the wilderness of Sinai. For the LORD had said of them, They shall surely die in the wilderness. And there was not left a man of them, save Caleb…and Joshua.” Num. 26: 2,64,65.
Miriam, Aaron and all of the first generation out of Egypt died in the wilderness. Moses, Joshua and Caleb alone remain. A new generation stands on the brink of crossing into the promised land of God’s abundant blessings. Their faith would soon be tried. What had the first generation left them for an example? First Corinthians ten tells us.
“…were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea…” They followed Moses to freedom but never left their bondage of slavery.
“…And did all eat the same spiritual meat…drink the same spiritual drink…” They received the Lord’s blessings for their daily needs, although not with thanksgiving.
“…with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness…”They never received the fullness of God, His abundant life. What did characterize their lives? What legacy did they leave the next generation?
“…they also lusted…after meat that would perish…idolaters, sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play…worshipping a golden calf as their god ,leading them to…commit fornication…Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted…despising the freedom and desiring to return to Egypt…some of them also murmured…They were without faith.” They left a legacy of sin for their children. What hope did they have for victory when defeat brought down their fathers and mothers?
“Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted…Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it…” Their encouragement is found in the faithfulness of God and following Him and not the example of a faithless generation. Follow the example of the two godly men who stood with the Lord and His word.
Moses, before he died, left the new generation with the same instructions on approaching a holy God as he had left their fathers. He ordained a new godly leader in Joshua. Now the time for him to view the holy land, he could not enter because of his own rebellion, neared. His last instructions are found in Deuteronomy, that’s for next week.
Note to the generations:
We, the older generation of which I am a part, can it be said of us as it was of Moses, “Moses was faithful in all his house.” Or as Paul said of himself through God’s inspiration, “…be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Phil.3:17-20.
To the younger generation, you have two choices of whom to follow. Which will it be? You also have a legacy to pass on.
For all of us: What legacy are we leaving behind?
Personal Note: My parents left me a legacy of faith and the ministry of the Lord blessed me with the same opportunity in many ways to pass on that legacy. The fall, winter and spring months I use to continue to plant the word of God in my heart as He uses me to lead others in bible study. During the summer months, He uses what He has taught me to water the hearts and minds of children and teens through camps, a mission trip and Vacation Bible School. He blesses it all with His increase.
The work of ministry consumes most of my time. I will be changing, for the summer months, what I post and how often after finishing our journey through Deuteronomy and Joshua. I’m thinking I will post only once a week, giving me more time to catch up with all your posts. Thank you for staying with me and I pray the word going out blesses you as much as you all bless me. And I will look forward to continuing our journey in the fall.