A Bad Report
Based on Numbers 13:26-14:19
Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now (Num. 14:19).
The spies returned from spying out the land and discouraged the people. They said, “We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we...We saw the giants.”
Caleb and Joshua reported, “Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it...If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.”
“Let’s stone them,” the congregation cried out. Suddenly they stopped and trembled. The glory of the Lord came down in the tabernacle.
God thundered, “I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they.” He spoke of Moses.
Moses pled with the Lord, “The Egyptians will hear this. They will tell all the nations about it. They will say, “Because the LORD was not able to bring this people into the land which he sware unto them, therefore he hath slain them in the wilderness.”
Moses, a humble man, refused this lofty position that the Lord offered him. He loved his people and pled on their behalf. God Himself said, “Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.” (Num. 12:3).
Do we wear the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit? God says that gentleness and an manner easy to be entreated characterizes heavenly wisdom. Let us follow Moses’ example of meekness and godly fear.
Prayer: Oh God, I am unworthy of the least of thy mercies. Forgive me when I have been arrogant and proud. Help me learn what it means to be meek. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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