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Numbers 14:3-4** “Why has the Lord brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?”  So they said to one another, “Let us select a leader and return to Egypt.”

Freedom as yet, was a new experience for the Children of Israel. Slavery for 430 years became ingrained to the extent that the promise of freedom seemed uncertain. Slavery is like a small child who is ever dependant on the household master to deal with problems. The child becomes uneasy and grumpy when the routine of their lives change. This is a traumatic experience for a child as for the Children of Israel and today even for the children of all nations.

The Israelites whined like a small child when the Red Sea loomed before them and the Egyptian Army raced menacingly behind. Certain destruction seemed the only possible outcome. They forgot that all God’s People crossed safely while the entire pursuing enemy perished. They forgot how God brought terrible plagues on Egypt but none on the Children of Israel. They forgot how God brought them safely to His holy border, the mountain where His right hand (Messiah, Christ Jesus) acquired (Psalm 78:54). They complained about their daily bread from Heaven (manna) and compared it to the slave diet of onions, garlic and leeks in Egypt. They continued to whine and grumble when the spies reported difficulties in conquering the Promised Land of milk and honey.  

The Israelites failed to remember the Lord rescued them by parting the Red Sea with a mighty hand for safe passage. They failed to realize the Lord rained the miracle of daily bread from Heaven for 40 years. The people now failed to realize the Lord never failed to protect and provide for those that humbled, honored and obeyed the Master along the hard and arduous journey (only 2 over age 20 – Joshua and Caleb (Numbers 14:30)– while 2 million or more perished –Exodus 12-37). The people now failed to realize they did not trust or lean on their Heavenly Father to safely lead them into His rest (Canaan, symbolic for future peace of mind & tranquility – new heaven and earth).

Hebrews 3:17-19** Now with whom was He (God) angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.   The promised rest (new heaven and earth) is available to all the people of God as stated in Hebrews 4:9. **Verse 10 & 11**. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. **Verse 4&5**. For He (God) has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And rested on the seventh day from all His works”. And again in this place: “They shall not enter MY rest.”

Jude 1:14-18**. Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men (people who go the way of Cain) also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him (God). These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. But you beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time that would walk according to their own ungodly lusts.

Yet there are still some who will possess the new heaven and earth. Our Lord has set an example by allowing two saints (Joshua and Caleb –Number 14:30) to lead the children of Israel (those under age 20) into His rest while the remainder perished. Those saints who will arise from the grave and some who are alive today will possess the promised rest. **Daniel 7:17-18**. Those great beasts, which are four, are four kings (ruling nations) which arise out of the earth. But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.

Revelation 1:5-6** and from (Messiah) Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

May all those who read and believe and have faith to follow these truths from our Heavenly Father enter into His glorious rest? May they continue to lean and trust with a state of tranquility, peace of mind and spirit and be set free from all anxiety and disturbances? May they have freedom from oppressive thoughts and emotions?