This Sunday Pastor Miles McPherson continued our journey through the book of Numbers; the book about how the Jews wandered in the desert for 40 years before finally reaching the Promised Land.
Let's briefly review some of the numbers we have learned:
11: The number of days it would have taken to travel to the Promised Land from Mount Sinai.
12: The number of spies sent into the Promised Land, one for each tribe.
10: The number of those spies that came back saying that the giants were too big and that the land could not be taken.
2: The number of spies that saw the gifts of Promised Land and had faith in God's gifts.
40: The number of days the spies spied, and as a result, also the amount of years the Jews were wondering in the desert; one year for every day of spying.
As Miles pointed out in previous sermons, the Jews could have walked eleven days to the Promised Land, but because of their unfaithfulness (shown in Numbers 13:31), they had to wander the desert for 40 years. Only Joshua and Caleb (the two faithful spies) lived to enter the promise land.
Those two spies were Caleb and Joshua and this week we learned how to be more like them and different from everyone else.
Be Different and Believe the Evidence
In Numbers 13:27, Caleb describes the Promised Land as flowing with milk and honey: huge fruit and a blessing from God.
In the following verses he talks about the giants that also dwell in the land, but in verse Numbers 13:30 he tells the people: Let us go up at once and take possession of the land for we are well able to overcome it.
Although Caleb saw the giants, he had also seen the gifts that God had blessed the people with in this land. He was able to focus on those gifts, rather than the rest of the camp that only saw the obstacles.
This applies to us as we need to remember that God is blessing us with many gifts, though we have to have faith that he will deliver them. It is important to remember that those gifts aren't always what we want for ourselves, but what God, our all-knowing father, wants for us.
Be Different and Give a Good Report
Again, only two of the spies believed in God's promise to deliver them into the Promised Land, and as a result they were the only two admitted into the region of milk and honey.
We must remember to keep our minds and spirits clear of negative thoughts and people that can cause us to wander unnecessarily as the Jews did.
Be Different and Acknowledge God as Being Almighty Over All False Gods
We have to remember that although the land may be filled with giants, nothing is too big a problem for our God.
He can handle anything, even though we may not see a way for us to overcome these obstacles on our own.
Be Different and Walk Into the Promised Land
God wants to give us great gifts that he has provided for us, but it is up to us to have the faith to claim them in His name.
His blessings are right around the corner for us to claim, but we have to have our eyes open to see them.