Shalom. Our teaching this morning will continue from Torah, The Law of Moses, from Numbers 14.20-38. And we will complete the Chapter to Verse 45.
AND THE TITLE OF OUR MESSAGE IS, THE BLESSINGS FOR OBEDIENCE. THE PUNISHMENT FOR DISOBEDIENCE.
The LORD had said to Moses, Send twelve men to search out the land of Canaan which I give to the Children of Israel. From every tribe, you shall send a man who is a ruler among them.
And returning after forty days of searching the land, ten of the twelve spies brought an evil report to the Children of Israel, telling them, we are not able to go up against those people because they are stronger than we are.
And they gave a list of all the obstacles why the Children of Israel could not go in and conquer and possess the land that The LORD their GOD promised to give them.
Thus showing no faith in The LORD Their GOD, and disobeying His Word.
And all the Congregation wept and complained against Moses and Aaron, saying, it would be better to die in the wilderness.
But Caleb and Joshua, two of the spies among the twelve, said to the People, If The LORD delights in us, He will bring us into the land which flows with milk and honey. Only do not rebel against The LORD. And do not fear the people of the land for they are bread for us because their defense has left them, and The LORD is with us. Do not fear them.
But all the Congregation said, Stone them with stones.
And the glory of The LORD appeared in The Tabernacle of the Congregation before all The Children Of Israel.
And The LORD said to Moses, How long will this People provoke Me? And how long will it be before they believe Me for all the miracles that I have shown them?
I will kill them with a pestilence, and disinherit them, and make of you a greater nation, and mightier than they.
And Moses pleaded with The LORD for the People, and GOD pardoned them.
Let’s read NUMBERS 14.20-38.
NUMBERS 14.20-23 So The LORD pardoned the Children of Israel. But as truly as I live, The LORD said, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of The LORD.
But none of those men who have seen My Glory, and My Miracles which I did in Egypt, and in the wilderness, and have tested My patience these ten times, and have disobeyed Me, surely they will not see the Land which I swore to their fathers. Neither will any of them who provoked Me, and despised Me see the land of Canaan that GOD renamed The Land of Israel when the Children of Israel conquered the land, and occupied it.
GOD will never bless for disobeying Him.
The ten spies incited The Congregation of the Children of Israel not to believe GOD.
They did not believe that the LORD THEIR GOD would give them the land of Canaan for their Homeland as The LORD promised them.
And when we do not believe GOD, we proceed to disobey GOD.
Here is a similarity.
GOD commands all mankind to obey Him. He Commands all humanity to obey His Word that includes His Laws that are written in the Law of Moses in the first five Books of the Bible.
And GOD chose the Jewish People for that purpose. He chose the Jewish People to reveal GOD’S Spoken Word in The Bible to the world. And GOD’S Spoken Word includes His Laws, Teachings, Rules, and Instructions for all mankind. All written in His Law of Moses. ISAIAH 43.10
But most Bible teachers reject The Law of Moses, and teach their listeners to reject GOD’S Law of Moses. Because, the Bible teacher teaches, The Law was valid up until the cross. That too is a lie.
Like The Word of GOD, The Law of GOD that is The Law of Moses stands forever.
Therefore because so many do what their Bible teacher teaches them rather then doing what GOD ALMIGHTY commands them, they live a life of disobedience to GOD that brings punishment to billions.
Similarly, the ten spies told the Children of Israel they were not able to conquer the land that GOD promised them. Thus believing the spies and their evil report, rather then believing GOD ALMIGHTY they proceeded to disobey GOD, and they too were punished greatly.
Therefore, not believing GOD leads to disobedience to GOD which results in punishment.
And for the Children of Israel who listened to ten spies rather than GOD ALMIGHTY, they suffered greatly.
Those twenty years old and over did not enter the promised land. They died in the wilderness.
And THE LORD THEIR GOD caused those younger then twenty years old to wander in the wilderness for forty years before they entered the Land.
Those who follow Bible teachers rather than ALMIGHTY GOD and reject GOD’S Laws, Teachings, and Instructions that are written in The Law of Moses will not see the Kingdom of Heaven. Unless they change and repent. SEE EZEKIEL 18.21
GOD blesses those who obey Him. And He punishes those who disobey Him.
When reading The Bible, it is essential to learn the Truth. And it is GOD ALMIGHTY, YESHUA THE MESSIAH Who speaks and teaches the Truth. MATTHEW 7.21-23, LUKE 8.21, ACTS 5.32, MARK 12.29, ETC.
NUMBERS 14.24 GOD blessed Caleb for obeying Him because Caleb had another Spirit, the Holy Spirit which GOD gives to all who obey Him. ACTS 5.32.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth that causes you to follow the Truth. The Truth is GOD. Every Word that GOD speaks in the Bible is Truth.
And Yeshua The Messiah is GOD. He is GOD ALMIGHTY. And by following The Truth you obey every Word GOD Speaks that includes His Law of Moses. And that brings blessings.
Remember, The Law of Moses is the Spoken Word Of GOD.
The Bible says, Caleb followed GOD fully. Verse 24. Since it is impossible to physically follow GOD Who is invisible, we follow GOD by being obedient to His righteousness by obeying His Law of Moses. ISAIAH 45.19, JOHN 15.26, JOHN 16.13
(Isaiah 45.19) Righteousness in Hebrew is STEH’DEHK meaning law-abiding according to The Law of Moses. We are called to follow GOD’S Righteousness by obeying His Law of Moses and all that GOD Speaks in the Bible.
By obeying GOD, and believing Him, The LORD brought Caleb and all his family into the Promised Land. That formula is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
NUMBERS 14.25-27 This evil Congregation that GOD is speaking of is the Congregation of the Children of Israel. GOD called them evil because of their unfaithfulness in The LORD THEIR GOD, THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL. And having no faith in GOD caused them to disobey GOD.
Increased faith comes from obeying GOD, doing what GOD says. That is our duty. Read Messiah’s Words in LUKE 17.5-10.
Returning to the Congregation of the Children of Israel that GOD called this evil Congregation, GOD shows His mercy and His grace to His Jewish People forever. Because the Jewish People remain GOD’S Chosen People forever.
GOD’S mercy because GOD loves His Jewish People with an everlasting love.
And GOD’s grace because there is no indication that the Jewish People merit GOD’S grace to be His Chosen People. We are chosen by the grace of GOD.
And GOD’S Promises, His Covenants, and His Word stand forever. Therefore the Jewish People remain GOD’S Chosen People forever.
GOD has made a way for Gentiles, non-Jewish People, to fully join in with the Jewish People to be His Chosen People as well.
If the non-Jewish Person will receive, and understand, the Words of Messiah Yeshua, “For Salvation is of the Jews.” and follow all that GOD commands His Jewish People in The Old and New Testaments, having Atonement in The Jewish Messiah Yeshua. And then turning to GOD and obeying all His Laws that are written in The Law of Moses. Thereby you stop sinning against GOD, because sin is breaking The Law of Moses. 1 John 3.4. And believing in ONE GOD, not the three different gods of the trinity. That Yeshua The Messiah is The ONE GOD. He is The Father, The Son, The Messiah, The Spirit, The Holy Spirit, and much more, you have Salvation. For Salvation is of the Jews. JOHN 4.22, DEUTERONOMY 7.6-10, JEREMIAH 31.3, ISAIAH 40.8, 1 PETER 1.25, ISAIAH 9.5, CHRISTIAN BIBLE ISAIAH 9.6, JOHN 12.45, JOHN 14.9. DEUTERONOMY 6.4, MARK 12.29
Non-Jewish People can also be blessed, and inherit eternal life by blessing the Jewish People and Israel. GENESIS 12.3, MATTHEW 25.31.46
NUMBERS 14.28-33 Here is the punishment for the Children of Israel who did not believe GOD, thereby disobeying GOD, and rejecting GOD’S Spoken Word. The carcasses of those twenty years old and older fell dead in the wilderness.
But following GOD, as Caleb and Joshua did, believing The LORD and every Word He Spoke, brought them blessings and eternal life.
Caleb, Joshua and their families entered the Promised Land, and no doubt are in Heaven today.
Again, when you read The Bible, and what you read in the translation, or what you hear from a Bible teacher does not agree with The Law of Moses that is written in the first five Books of The Bible, that translation or teaching is wrong, period.
Yes, all Scripture is given by the inspiration of GOD. That is , by The Holy Spirit.
The men who wrote The Bible wrote it perfectly, and recorded GOD’S Word without error.
However, not all Scripture is translated by the translators correctly. Either by mistake or intentionally.
So just be careful, and be sure that all Scripture lines up with Torah, GOD’S Law of Moses or else it is wrong. 2 TIMOTHY 3.16
NUMBERS 14.33-45 So for lack of faith in The LORD their GOD, and their disobedience to Him, their carcasses fell dead in the wilderness while their children under twenty years old roamed the wilderness for forty years. A year for each day the spies searched out the land.
The Children of Israel could have entered the Promised Land in the second year after their freedom from Egypt had they believed GOD and obeyed Him.
So the Children of Israel found out GOD’S breach of promise in Verse 34. GOD’S breach of promise is punishment for violating GOD’S Trust, His Laws, and His Promises.
And the ten men who returned with an evil report about the land and incited the People against GOD, died of the plague before The LORD.
But Joshua and Caleb lived.
The blessing for obeying GOD. The punishment for disobeying GOD.
But the People knowing their sin, not heeding Moses’ command, set out to fight the Canaanites. But Moses told them that GOD was not with them. And they were killed by the Amalekites and the Canaanites.
I think of Paul’s excellent teaching in EPHESIANS 6.13-18.
Paul describes the whole armor of GOD to withstand the evil. And here’s how to do it.
Stand with your spiritual strength that comes from living your life in Truth. Truth is The Word of GOD that is spoken in The Bible.
And It is critical to know and understand that The Word of GOD includes His Law of Moses.
And by living your life according to GOD’S Word, His Laws, Instructions, and Teachings, you will withstand the evil. Because GOD will be your Protector.
Having the breastplate of righteousness is living by every Word of GOD written in The Law of Moses. That is righteousness.
Having your feet shod or bound with the preparation of the Gospel of peace is this. Yeshua The Messiah is your Atonement. Turn to GOD quickly and obey His Law of Moses. And know and believe that there is only ONE GOD, Yeshua The Messiah. And you will have peace with GOD and eternal life.
Taking on the shield of faith is believing every Word GOD Speaks, and obeying every Word GOD Speaks. And GOD will give you faith for your faith in Him. And you will quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take on the helmet of Salvation. Salvation is Yeshua The Messiah Who delivers you from your sins, and by His Salvation gives you eternal life.
And you have the sword of The Spirit, Who is GOD ALMIGHTY by believing Him, and obeying Him.
And praying always. Being humble, and serious, even begging GOD in The Spirit.
Being in The Spirit means that you are like Caleb. You follow GOD Fully.
And praying always for those who are like-minded in the faith, called in Hebrew K’doshim, Holy Ones.
If you follow those words of Paul, your life will be filled with The Spiritual Strength of GOD. You will be blessed. You will be strong in The LORD and in the power of His might. You will put on the whole armor of GOD. And you will stand against the evil, you and your family, always.
Ira Weinstein, Congregational Leader