The story of the nation of Israel’s release from years of captivity in Egypt begins in Exodus 4. The final act that “buys” their release, the blood of the lamb, is in chapter 11.
assure that this freed people would not lose their way to God's
blessings and provision, a pillar of fire in the night and a cloud
during the daylight would guide them every step of the way on their
journey. (Exodus 13:21-22).
generations, God had promised a specific land to Israel. Not only did
He promise the land, but He released them from their captors and guided
them directly to the place of entrance into the promised land.
balked. They came right up to the point of decision and they chose not
to enter the land. ( Numbers 13). God’s reaction to Israel’s balking?:
Surely, all the men who have seen My glory and My signs, which I
performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have put Me to the test
these ten times and have not listened to My voice, shall by no means see
the land which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who
spurned Me see it. Numbers 14:22-23
After the "balking" generation passed away the Nation of Israel is again at the entry point of the promised land.
12:8-12 is the key section for us to understand clearly what the new
terms of their entrance would be: It explicitly states that “tomorrow” everything changes. “you shall not do all that we are doing here today…” All of the do's and don'ts of the law were being left on the wilderness side to the border.
The promise is that Israel will live in rest and security provided they enter the land of promise as God intended.
Hebrews 4 states that Israel NEVER entered the promised rest and
security and continues on warning us that we also might miss it if we
respond to God the way Israel did. The crowning statement is verse 19: ..they were not able to enter because of unbelief’.
bottom line is that the people of Israel never entered the land of
security and rest because every step of the way they “Logic-ed” their
way through the enemies and issues. God required that they enter the
land knowing the He had given it to them and that it was He who would
clear the way and fight their enemies.
to us is the same. Cross the Jordan that separates the dominion of this
world from the kingdom of God; the world from the promised land;
drudgery and toil from rest and security. It is only by faith that we
can enter the promised land!