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February16 - Evening

“Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”

- Numbers 14:9

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
"We Will Devour Them!"    

All twelve spies bring back the same report that basically says, one, the land is very good, and, two, the people there are very strong. All twelve spies saw the same thing, but only Joshua and Caleb understood the situations. Not only does the Lord want to take Israel into the Promised Land, but also, the people living in the land have lost their “protection.” The word “protection” is sel translated literally “shade,” or “shadow.” (See Psalm 91:1) In the hot, arid climate a “shadow” was a form of protection. But, now the Canaanites are without the protection of shade or shadow. They are, instead, exposed to the Lord’s judgment. (Abraham was told in Genesis 15:15-16, that the Amorites, or Canaanites, sin was not yet full, so they still had divine protection and privileges from the days of Abraham until now.) An Israelite invasion at this time will be against a people who are open and vulnerable, that is why Joshua and Caleb say, “We will Devour Them!”

Joshua and Caleb tell the Israelites that the balance of power has shifted because the Lord has left the Canaanites unprotected, and is with Israel. There is no reason to be afraid. This is a time for confidence and action.

Failure to see the fact that God has brought the Israelites to this point is not only a matter of unbelief, but it is also rebellion against the Lord. Lack of faith and failure to respond with action, in this case, is nothing short of rebellion, because the people have had time for spiritual growth and God has provided opportunities for their advancement in their faith. Here the rejection of God’s will is a matter of the soul that has rejected knowledge of God and dismissed evidence of his will. Belief in God requires that we not only accept all that he says, but we also act accordingly by trusting his promises and obeying his requirements. 

They will not be taught and disciplined, but will instead be rejected and punished.

  Christian Quote from Church History
"To know the will of God, we need an open Bible and
an open map."

 - William Carey
Something to Ponder??

The median size of a church in the US is 75 regular people in a Sunday morning service.

Median size means that a church with an attendance of 75 is bigger than half the churches in the US, but also, smaller than half the churches in the US.

Median size means that half the churches in the US are bigger than 75 and half the churches in the US are smaller than 75.
(Details here)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Katartismos (Gr) – Perfecting Eng) - katartismos is a Greek word that comes from the Greek verb katartizo which means “to make artios” (artios means “fit” and “complete.”) The verb katartizo referred to mending nets in Matthew 4:21 and Mark 1:19. Polybius and Herodotus use katartizo as “preparing,” “furnishing,” and “equipping.” Katartismos is used by Paul in Ephesians 4:12 to refer to the preparing of all the believers for fulfilling the work of the ministry of the church.


The Meander Valley (map), which was where Laodicea was located, was frequent seismic activity. Caesar Augustus had to help rebuild Laodicea after an earthquake destroyed it during his reign. Laodicea was damaged again in 17 AD and, likewise, Emperor Tiberius stepped in to help fund the rebuilding of Laodicea. But, by the time Laodicea was destroyed by an earthquake in 60 AD they had become wealthy enough to rebuild without asking for financial aid from Emperor Nero. They had become self-sufficient and could say, as Jesus quotes them as saying in Revelation 3:17, “I am rich; I have acquired wealth, and I do not need a thing.”

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I encourage people to have faith in God and trust his word, or do I discourage faith?
I will speak truthfully and with faith in God's word.
  "The Lord works out everything for his own ends—
    even the wicked for a
day of disaster."
- Proverbs 16:4
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Positive influence on people you encounter People accepting Christ and receiving the New Birth Local Community Groups Angola
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Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem

Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

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Effort, Keep, Unity, Peace
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Hebrew inscription on a pillar carved in the rock tomb in the Kidron Valley east of Jerusalem called Absolom's Tomb. (More here)
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