Delusional about Repercussions
Intro: They were delusional about the Reality.
Then, they were delusional about the Relationships.
Now, we see they were delusional about the Repercussions of their rebellion.
The punishment was severe.
In fact, it was more severe than they had ever imagined it would be.
This wasn’t an easy fix.
They came to the brink of God’s will; God’s plan and REBELLED!
NOTE: The ten bad spies all died with the plague immediately. (Numbers 14:36-38)
What is interesting to me is that God let them live long enough to talk the entire nation into rebellion.
NOTE: The ones you are listening to won’t be around to see you crash and burn!
They won’t be around to pick up the pieces.
They won’t be around to watch God’s judgment on your life.
I. The Repercussions of Denial
- Numbers 14:30 Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.
I doubt very seriously that any Christian can completely understand the awfulness of hearing God say, “ye shall not come in…”
That’s what they initially wanted, but when they heard God say it, they changed their minds.
There’s nothing worse than hearing God grant your carnal wishes.
II. The Repercussions of Dread
- 32 But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness.
- 33 And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness.
- 34 After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.
- 35 I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.
Do you realize that God’s decree was in such a way that they knew in advance several really bad things.
A. They would never have a second chance to enter into Canaan.
BREACH OF PROMISE – opposition, alienation, enmity
B. They knew it would be forty years of wandering in the wilderness.
C. They knew that their children over the age of twenty would never see Canaan.
D. They knew that they nor their children would live more than forty years.
III. The Repercussions of Decay
- Numbers 14:33 And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness.
He didn’t say their bodies would die, or that they would die.
He chose to describe is as carcasses wasted in the wilderness.
God emphasized the wasted life that they would have.
God wanted to stress the pointless lives they would live for the next forty years.
No reason to live; no hope; no chance of ever seeing anything different or better.
A life of mundane; life of no change; life of no victory; life of no joy.
How many Christians waste their entire lives in the wilderness?
It was a waste of time – forty years with nothing to look forward to but dying
It was a waste of talent – imagine Bazaleel and Aholiab’s work in Canaan?? (Exodus 31)
It was a waste of treasure – they were allowed to keep the spoil of the enemy in Canaan
IV. The Repercussions of Defeat
SEE Numbers 14:39-45
One of the saddest parts of this story was when they tried to repent, they couldn’t.
They came to Moses in Numbers 14:39, 40.
They wept, they repented, and they tried to fix it, but they could not.
Moses told them some of the saddest words they could have ever heard:
Go not up, for the Lord is not among you… vs. 42
They did anyway, and were smitten and discomfited by the Amalekites.
The never imagined that God would not go with them and fight for them.