Todays world is represented by the character of the Isrealites exiting Egypt who held onto their belief of contrary righteousness. God knowing the hearts of men shows the pardon of a nation’s sin, is the turning away the nation’s punishment; and for that Moses was here so earnest. Moses argued that, consistently with God’s character, in his abundant mercies, he could forgive them.
The Lord granted the prayer of Moses so far as not at once to destroy the congregation. But disbelief of the promise forbids the benefit. Those who despise the promised land shall be shut out of it. The security of God should be fulfilled for their children. They wished to die in the wilderness; God made their sin their ruin, took them at their word, and their carcasses fell in nature. They were made to groan under the burden of their own sin, which was too heavy for them to bear. Ye shall know my breach of promise, both the causes of it, that it is procured by your sin, for God never leaves any till they first leave him; and the consequences will produce your ruin.
Observe the method of conversion implied here. Sinners are brought to see the reality of Divine things, and to have some knowledge of them. To be converted, and truly turned from sin to Christ, as their Happiness and Portion. God will heal them, will justify and sanctify them; will pardon their sins, which are as bleeding wounds, and mortify their corruptions, which are as lurking diseases. See the power of the world in smothering convictions, from regard to the applause or censure of men. Love of the praise of men, as a by-end in that which is good, will make a man a hypocrite when religion is in fashion, and credit is to be got by it; and love of the praise of men, as a base principle in that which is evil, will make a man an apostate, when religion is in disgrace, and credit is to be lost for it.
Our Lord publicly proclaimed, that every one who believed on him, as his true disciple, did not believe on him only, but on the Father who sent him. Beholding in Jesus the glory of the Father, we learn to obey, love, and trust in him. By daily looking to Him, who came a Light into the world, we are more and more freed from the darkness of ignorance, error, sin, and misery; we learn that the command of God our Saviour is everlasting life. But the same word will seal the condemnation of all who despise it, or neglect it.
Heavenly Father I come before you in humility thanking you for the words you have inspired me to share with your children. I ask Father you rain discernment unto all so they may know understand and share what they have gleaned from your warning. I pray you will fill their spirit with determination and fervour to stand against whatever evil presents itself. I further pray Father you will send the Holy Spirit to nurture and strengthen their minds that it might reflect your light into this dark world as a Beacon. Through the discernment bring knowledge for sharing as those who are drawn to their light may come to you through that experience and example. I pray, this Father in your name and in the name of Yeshua Amen and Amen.
Robert a humble obedient servant to Yeshua and His Father in heaven YA.