The Facet of the Capacity to Love, No. 2
is our purpose this morning to deliver some information,
to bring enlightenment.
It is our purpose and our hope to convince you of some things that perhaps you do
not know believe or that you do not take as seriously as you should. It is our hope in this service to make it
clear to you that God says He has a way of dealing with you and that
way of dealing has to do with His Word, the sacred Scriptures.
And without that Word, we are hopelessly at a loss.
We are trying to impress upon you that the Bible says that we cannot function day by day except with the
constant taking in of the Word of God.
Now I don’t have to convince you this morning that you
cannot live physically without a constant daily intake of food on a
It will be something else to
convince you perhaps as a Christian that neither can you go without
the spiritual food of the word of God.
It seems like
such a cliché.
yet it is a basic fact of the spiritual life.
of you this morning, if you learn nothing else, I trust
that you will learn this much at least, that you are your own priest. Nobody
is going to go checking up on you and
saying, “How much time have you spent in prayer?
regular have you been in church
If you are not
church attendance, nobody is going to go after you and be harassing you
You are your own
you may be sure that God will deal with you in the most effective way
Nobody will be
over how much money you give or don’t give, or how many
people you witness to
or don’t witness to.
You are your own
priest, and by that token, your priesthood is a private matter. And
by that token, you are responsible for
understanding how you can function.
Without the Word
of God, you cannot function.
it is your business therefore to see to it that you get
You get the Word
You get the word
your own study of the Word of God. You
the word by listening to tapes that are worth listening to concerning
exposition of the Word of God.
whatever way is open to you the access to a knowledge of the Word. It
is up to you that you get it and get it on
a daily basis.
is always a misunderstanding among the people of God
that when a pastor gets up and champions the cause of coming to church
morning and Sunday night on a regular basis, there’s always
the suspicion that
he’s just trying to promote a good attendance, because that
makes the offerings
better and the bills get paid, but it’s something a lot more
This is your
we’re here this morning to try to
convince you a little more in one respect that this is the only way you
live the Christian life.
You cannot live
without the daily intake of the Word of God.
Bible clearly indicates that a major feature of
spiritual maturity, which is the subject that we’ve been
pursuing for several
weeks, is the capacity to love God, to love your particular marriage
and to love your friends.
In 1 John 4:12,
the apostle writes, “No man hath seen God at any time. If
we love one another, God dwelleth in us
and His love is perfected in us.” The
word “perfected” here means matured. God
is interested in seeing you mature in the capacity to love. This
is not a natural capacity.
You do not
naturally begin with the capacity
to love God, to love your marriage partner, or to love your friends. This
is something that God says you have to
grow into toward a state of maturity.
what the word “perfected” means here.
morning we’re going to look at this facet of the
capacity to love, the second in this series.
The Bible meaning
of love, we have already learned, is different from
the world’s concept of an emotional expression.
We found from the
Word of God that the meaning of the word “love” in
Greek New Testament is that it’s an attitude of mind free of
ill will toward a
having a relaxed mental
attitude instead of a mind filled with mental attitude sins. However,
I would not give you the impression
that it has simply this negative quality, that it is a mind that does
ill will toward somebody.
the “agape” love in Scripture, also has a positive
It is a mental
attitude love which pursues in
a sacrificial way the welfare of the object of your affection.
John 3:16 says, “By this perceive we the love of God,
because He lay down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives
The love of which
speaks is a sacrificial love which pursues the welfare and blessing of
This type of love
only as a gift of the Holy Spirit. It’s
part of the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22), and we are guided in
expression of this love by sound doctrine.
1 John 3:18 says,
“My little children, let us not love in word, neither
in tongue, but in deed and in truth.”
here in the New Testament church we already had people
going around who were smiling at each other and saying nice things to
another and putting on fronts to one another that wasn’t
really reflecting what
was in their hearts toward one another.
It was that
sweetness and light sugary quality that you find so often in
Bible churches that just permeates the place, and if you’ve
got any spiritual
sensitivity, you’re depressed right off the bat the minute
you walk into the
place and begin to see all these Christians floating around with this
sweetness and light quality that they’re exuding toward one
John says that’s loving in word and in tongue.
are some people that think that it’s
using certain words and certain little clichés and
that’s going to prove that
you’re a loving person. But
the Word of
God says if you are going to express God’s love, it will be
in what you
It will be in
what you do, not what
You people who
around looking for some preacher or some Christian leader to come
certain nice commendatory things to in order to demonstrate how
is, are looking for something that has no value when it comes to the
God says you will
find love by
what you see a person do.
And you will
find love when you see him doing in truth.
you see we’re back to Bible doctrine. You
cannot perform any truth until you know
the Word of God so you know how God thinks.
What is doctrine? Have
What is doctrine? It’s
God’s modus operandi.
how God functions.
When you know
doctrine, you know how God
His promises are
to you that you may stand by.
prophetic declarations are taking you into His confidence as to where
going to go.
When you have
you have truth.
love is not dependent upon the merit or the response of
Therefore God has
quality of goodwill toward us in spite of what we are.
God calls upon you and me to love one
another, He’s not saying love each other to the degree that
We are not
deserving of each other’s
love on many occasions, but God says it makes no difference. You
bear nothing but goodwill.
You have nothing
but the ambition of seeing
this person promoted and moved ahead and to find his life satisfying
fruitful to himself and to others.
we also looked at Ephesians 4:17-18 which showed us the
development of callouses upon the soul.
Just to review
this briefly, when you listen to sound doctrine, you will
receive it or you will be negative toward it.
You will hold
mental reservations and thus reject it, or you’ll be
neutral toward it and thus reject it, or you will positively say,
believe that,” and you will agree with what God has said. If
you go negative toward sound doctrine, the
Word of God tells us that there is created a vanity, that is an
This emptiness in
creates a spiritual vacuum and it draws into your soul all kinds of
and misconceptions so that the result is that there comes a darkness
mentality of your soul.
darkened mind then affects your emotions and your will so your soul is
alienated from the life of God which is the life led by God the Holy
resulting condition is spiritual ignorance. This
spiritual ignorance has the effect of
creating a hardness upon the elements of your soul.
is your mind, here are your emotions,
and here is your will.
You have drawn
into these areas of your soul false doctrine, human viewpoint,
of one kind and another, and guilt complexes.
The result is
gradually there has developed a hardening. A
callous has built up, and it has built up,
and it has built up.
What you have
in is the mind of Satan.
callous is built up, you’ve got a real problem.
What you have
failed to do is to be inhaling the Word of God as a result
of learning the Word of God so that you can exhale it toward God.
do you exhale truth toward God?
Every time you
pray you’re exhaling truth
why if you know
doctrine, you will know how to pray. You
will not be praying amiss.
says God is so eager to give you what you ask for in prayer. One
of our college girls wrote me this week
and told me something she is praying about.
“God has really spoiled me on the subject of prayer.
I have to do is ask and He gives it. I’m
to the point now where I just don’t dare
ask for something unless I’m really sure what I’m
He is so
He wouldn’t be so responsive to her if she were functioning
outside of sound doctrine.
If she were
praying amiss, God would say, “No.” So
exhale to God when you pray.
business of faith rest that we’ve been talking about, and
having a relaxed
mental attitude, is one of these facets here of spiritual maturity, of
pentagon of your soul, the structure of defense. That
whole idea of faith rest is dependent
upon doctrine, upon being able to believe what God has promised, to
His prophetic truth.
Without that you
can’t rest by faith.
going to be
running all over the place trying to find human solutions to your
not only exhale toward God in prayer, in faith rest, but
you also exhale toward man.
love toward God.
And you exhale
love toward the
opposite sex and toward your friends as a result of what you have in
you’re calloused, you have
clogged up everything that could come to you.
not able to express through your being what is the Word of truth.
magazine has a rather fascinating article about the
brain this week.
You might want to
And the fantastic
influence upon the
totality of the whole human structure because of what you put up in
microcircuits of those brain cells, and how it programs (them). And
there you are functioning as a human
being on the basis of what?
On the basis
of what you have put up here.
what the Word of God is trying to tell us.
You cannot live
daily as a Christian except with the intake of spiritual
food with the Word of God because it’s programming your mind.
do you want to set your kids on the right course in
Get them into a
Get them into a
organization where they’re getting sound doctrine.
them into a Sunday School where the Word
is being taught.
Get them into
Union activities where they’re expressing these things of a
Get them into a
where they’re hearing doctrine taught.
won’t have to go around telling your children how they should
morally pure and straight and so on.
They will have
programmed within them the concepts of the Word of God
and they’ll have those understandings.
won’t have to be trying to talk them out of making foolish
that are going to destroy and tear up their lives, because they will
programmed to that as a result of doctrine.
So our souls have
to daily inhale sound doctrine so that we can exhale
I think it is
needless for me to
point out that you cannot exhale what you have not first inhaled.
we’re going to look a little further at the effects of
these callouses on the soul.
turn back to the book of Numbers? We
pick up the story once more of the Jewish people in their travels out
to the Promised Land during that first year of their journey. Numbers
14, beginning to read at verse
of callouses on the
soul for the Exodus Jews.
Just to bring
you up to date, you will remember that these people had been traveling
year in the wilderness.
They had had
several experiences in which God was demonstrating His promises to them
build up their confidence in Him—the experience at the Red
Sea, the provision
of water, and the provision of the manna.
And all of these
were examples of God in operation, and along with it
was Moses teaching, teaching, and teaching doctrine to them.
was obvious that most of the nation, most of these who
were ex-slaves went negative.
ten of the twelve spies that were sent out were as negative as they
When they came
back, they said,
“Don’t try to go in the land. You’ll
never take it.”
Two of them,
Caleb, were positive, and they said, “Yes we can take it. We
God has given it
to us and there’s no problem. The
enemy is formidable but they will fall.” So
here’s the consequence to this nation for
their negative response.
Numbers 14:16 Moses is pleading with god not to destroy
One of his
arguments is “the
Egyptians will say the Lord was not able to bring these people into the
which He swore to give unto them.
Therefore He hath
slain them in the wilderness.” Now
in a way the Lord was not able to bring
this generation out of Egypt into the Promised Land.
why was He not able to bring them? It
was not, obviously, because He was unable
to free them from Pharaoh.
It was not
because He was not able
to protect them in the journey.
It was not
because He was not able
to transport them into the Promised Land.
He did that.
reason He could not bring them in was because these
people did not appreciate God.
because they did not appreciate God, because they did not love God,
not see with their human eyes and interpret what was taking place. Hasn’t
it seemed strange to you, haven’t you
sat down some time and said, “Now, I just don’t
If I had stood
there by the Red Sea and saw
that tremendous body of water open up and water standing up so that I
look up to see it, standing up as a wall on each side, and the ground
dry, and I’m walking across, and I see all of these people
coming across, and I
stand on the seashore, and I stand out there and I watch
Pharaoh’s army come
thundering down with his magnificent chariots, right down that opening
sea, and then I see the waters close in on them, I don’t
think I’d ever be
afraid to do anything that God told me to do.
you and I are inclined to look back and to say, “I
understand these people.” They’re
murmuring against God and they’re saying, “What did
you bring us out here to
kill us for?”
A little later
they say to
Moses, “Hey, Moses, you weren’t satisfied with the
cemeteries in Egypt?
You had to bring
us out here?
Were there not
enough cemetery room in
Are you going to
open up some new
lots out here in the wilderness?” And
they’re harassing Moses like he brought them out there to
you say, “I can’t understand these people.
beautiful example of what you and I
Our eyes, our
see things and we interpret it wrong.
Why do we
interpret it wrong?
Because we are
disoriented in our souls.
So we have
millions of Christians who sit in church and sit in one thing
and another, and they’re fed husks. And
they sit in cornball operations, and they’re treated like
of the sons and daughters of God, and they’re never fed the
meat and the
substance of the Word of God.
they know any different?
they’re disoriented in their soul.
was able to bring them in, except for the callouses that
had so obliterated their ability to respond to Him.
was a darkness upon their soul that had
developed from the year of enjoying God’s blessing and
saying, “No, no,
In verse 17 now
Moses says, “I
beseech ye, let the power of my Lord be great according as thou hast
saying, ‘The Lord is longsuffering and of great mercy,
forgiving the iniquity
and transgression, but by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the
of the fathers onto the children of the third and fourth
volition has a way of snowballing. If
you are negative toward the Word of God,
if you are negative to something that you hear taught, or indifferent
the Word of God, then your children will be the same.
pass on to your children your negative
Obviously, if you
sit at home
and don’t show up for worship services, you needn’t
tell your kids to be going
to Sunday School at a certain age when they’re calling the
plays in their own
life because they’re not going to do it.
no need for you to tell your children to act under certain moral
principles if they see that you yourself do not. When
they come to a certain age, they will
follow your pattern because you are negative to something that God says
you should be and do.
And it has a way
of snowballing, and it goes on from them to their children to their
don’t teach their
children produce children who are in the same spiritually calloused
that they themselves are.
verse 19 that’s what’s happening here to Israel. Verse
19 says, “Pardon I beseech ye, the
iniquities of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy. Thou
hast forgiven this people from Egypt
even until now.
And the Lord
have pardoned according to thy word, but as truly as I live, all the
be filled with the glory of the Lord.’”
God responds to
the appeal of Moses.
Moses, who was
free of spiritual callouses so he’s able to plead for
this people and preserve them from immediate death.
congregation is still calloused in soul. And
so I want you to notice that while they
had been forgiven, the callouses are still there. This
is the frightful thing about being
negative to the Word.
don’t just get
over it when you decide, “I’m through saying no to
Because then you
come into God’s presence
with a hardness upon your emotions, a hardness upon your will, and a
upon your mentality, and you find that it takes time.
takes a constant program of absorbing
doctrine to begin to soften and to peel off the callouses.
gradually you discover that you’re
beginning to change. All
that you do by
confessing sin that has resulted in hardness of your soul has set up
condition whereby you may begin peeling it back off.
if you’ve been building it up for a long time,
going to have a sweet time bringing it back down. Sometimes
you may go to the point where you
stay out of the plan of God so long, you are functioning so far out of
Lord’s will that you may never fully return because you have
a thing that works
You have these
You know it and
you’re trying to say “yes” to God.
you can’t understand yourself. You
at yourself and you can’t understand.
“Why am I going ‘no’ here?”
When what I want
to do is to go “yes” toward what is God’s
God’s idea for me.
this congregation was still calloused in their
thinking, I their feeling, and in their deciding. But
says, “I’m going to be glorified in spite
of their negative response to me.” They
have no appreciation, mind you, and so no love for God.
verse 22 says, “Because all these men who have seen
my glory and my miracles which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness,
put me to the test now these ten times, and have not harkened to my
shall not see the land which I swore to give unto their fathers. Neither
shall any of them that provoke me see
But my servant
another spirit with him and hath followed me fully, him will I bring
land wherein unto he went, and his seed shall possess it.”
Exodus generation, God said, will never enter into the
years old and up
will die out in the wilderness because they saw with their physical
miracles of God, but because they had built callouses on their soul,
they were unable
to appreciate what they saw, and they were not able therefore to
Because they did
not do what?
Because God says
they did not harken.
To the voice of
Well what is
the voice of God?
It is His Word. Because
they did not listen to doctrine, they
were unable to enter the land because they could not appreciate what
doing for them.
Therefore God was
able to bring them in.
much do you and I lose that we can’t appreciate that God
says he wants to do for us?
But we are
so calloused that He can’t produce for us.
We are such
stupid idiotic dunderheads when it comes to spiritual things
that we can’t have any sensitivity to go along with God. And
when you don’t go along with God on
doctrine, you reduce yourself to an animal level of functioning. That’s
what happened to Nebuchadnezzar, and
he went out and lived like an animal.
result in verse 23 says that God was provoked. “They
provoked me” by this negative response
and the callouses they built up. But
had another spirit.
This is the
word meaning breath.
He had a
breath in him.
What kind of
Well he had a
was inhaling doctrine.
He had a mind
that had a relaxed mental attitude.
was he aware of?
The Lord. Not
He had conscience. What
conscience filled with?
values and God’s standards. He
What kind of
emotions did he
Love for God and
love for the
He had will. What
kind of will was he expressing?
to the plan of God.
God said, “Caleb I will bring into the land, and his
children after him are going to inherit that which I am going to give
Caleb was in the light.
says, “The entrance of thy
words giveth light.
understanding unto the simple.” Now
you’d better believe that. “The
of thy words giveth light.
understanding to the simple.” And
want to gain smarts in all facets of your life, then turn to the Word
was in the same position.
Verse 30 tells us
that he too was going to go
Verse 25 through
verse 29 tells us
the discipline that was going to come upon this people because of their
toward the Lord.
Verse 25 says
were sent back out into the wilderness to die because they
couldn’t respond to
26 and 27 called them an evil congregation because of
their spiritual hardness.
And how was
this hardness shown?
It was shown by
long shall I bear
with this evil congregation who murmur against me?” These
complaining against God.
had callouses, all they could exhale toward God was complaints. And
when you and I get callouses upon our
soul, we’re not praising God. We’re
we’re doing is complaining to
Why should this
happen to me?
we’re doing is sitting with self-pity
over the circumstances that have engulfed us.
what they were doing.
their souls were in darkness, all they could exhale was bitterness. So
God had to deal with them.
Verses 28 and 29
says that that “their carcasses
would fall in the wilderness.” Every
of them twenty years old and up was doomed.
if you have callouses upon your soul, you bring
discipline into your life.
that one of the things they were using as defense, saying,
“Our children are
going to die out here in the wilderness.”
God said that
that’s the very thing that’s not going to happen. Numbers
14:31 says, “But your little ones
whom ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in and they shall know
land which ye have despised.”
why was it that the children of these people were going
to be able to enter the land when their parents were unable to? Well
if you’ll turn to Deuteronomy chapter 6,
we have the answer.
4, this is the end of the road for Moses.
The 40 years are
and up have died.
stands poised a second time at Kadeshbarnea ready to enter.
Moses, as God’s spokesman, said, “I’m
going to spell it
out to you once more.” Now
mind you that
for 39 years they’ve been out in that wilderness.
these children have been taught and
taught and taught.
most of them, who did not know slavery.
They had been
introduced by Moses and his workers to doctrine. Now
on his departure, Moses sums it all up.
6:4 says, “Hear, O Israel, the Lord thy God is
This is called by
people the “shamah.” It’s
declarative doctrinal creedal statement, the summary of what they
the magnificence of God, the one and only true God.
O Israel, the Lord thy God is one
Now this is
speaking about the
essence of God.
Our God is
He is righteous. He
He is love.
He is eternal
omniscience, and omnipresence.
immutable, and he is veracity (He is true.).
This is the
essence of God.
is in three persons but He is in one essence.
Total love for
God is to be from all facets of our soul.
verse 5 says, “And thou shall love the Lord thy God with
all thine heart, with all thy soul, and with all they might.” We
are called to love God totally.
In what way?
With all thine
stresses the individual facets of your soul.
With all of your
mind and all of your emotion and all of your will.
when it says, “with all thy soul,” this
looks at the soul as a whole.
whole totality of your being you’re to love God.
with all thy might.”
And how can you
love God with strength.
Only as you know
the Word of God, as you’ve
inhaled doctrine into your human spirit.
6 therefore says, “These words which I command thee
this day shall be in thine heart.” The
trouble with most Christians today is that they’re trying to
living and they never inhaled anything.
are walking around trying to live like Christians, and
nobody has ever gone up to them and said, “Look, friend, you
can live like a
can’t even begin to live
like a Christian.
What do you
make up living like a Christian?” “Well,
I’m going to go out and get all my bills paid.
going to do what’s right.”
not going to get all your bills paid and you’re
certainly not going to do all that’s right.
Christian life is impossible until you have acquired a basis
of doctrine in your soul, and until you keep that basis there.
if you’re here this morning and you look into your soul
and you say, “Well, you know, I’m kind of poor down
there when it comes to
knowing the Word.
really kind of
poor when it comes to doctrine and promises and prophecy.
really kind of poor.”
Now, I can tell
you one thing.
life is poor too.
a good morale 20th
American, but there are plenty of good moral 20th
same as living the Christian life. Most
Christians are trying to exhale this life that they never inhaled first.
these children were to be taught. They
were to be taught the Word so they had
the capacity to love God, and this is what was done for them. Consequently,
when they returned to the land,
they were able to enter in because they were able to appreciate God. Because
they were able to love God.
eyes were able to look at those
they saw the giants in the right perspective.
eyes were able to look at those fortified cities. Because
they appreciated God, they could look
at those cities in the right perspective.
The whole bit
fell into place.
this is our trouble today as Christians. Our
physical eyes are incapable of discerning
in true perspective what we see because our souls are calloused. Our
souls are starving for something to
exhale toward God.
children built up doctrine in their human spirits
during these years of wilderness wondering and they were able to enter. Turn
to Deuteronomy chapter 8, the first
God says to the
generation Jews now, “All the commandments which I command
thee this day shall
ye observe that to do that you may live and multiple and go in and
land which the Lord swore to give unto your fathers.” Possessing
the land that their parents had
been excluded from.
2 says, “Thou shalt remember all the ways which the
Lord thy God led thee these 40 years in the wilderness, to humble thee
test thee, to know what was in thine heart (that is, to
“expose” what was in
thine heart), whether thou wouldest keep His commandments or
He tested them to
demonstrate the condition
of their soul to determine whether they were calloused or whether they
responsive to the Word of God.
3 says, “And He humbled thee and suffered thee to
hunger and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy
know, that He might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only
every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man
Now verse 3 is
telling you that God put them
in the situation where He humbled them, where He removed their capacity
They were out in
and there was no food.
And He said,
I put you in the position where your stomach began growling. And
the children began crying because they
And you know that
food was necessary.
And you looked at
these two million people with all these growling stomachs and no food,
knew you had to have food.”
God says, “I put you in that position because I wanted
to see what your physical eyes, and I wanted to demonstrate to you what
physical eyes would do with what you were seeing. You
were seeing a bunch of hungry
And I was
demonstrating to you
when I provided miraculously through the manna that because of your
response to the Word of God, I came through and supplied for you all of
Even your clothes
didn’t get old
on your back.”
doesn’t matter what you see with your eyes. It’s
how your soul interprets what you see
with your eyes.
And these kids
grown up under doctrine were able to look at a demanding situation like
to be fed, and they were able to look at God and say, “God,
we need to be
And God provided.
11 gives a warning, “Beware that thou forget not the
Lord thy God in not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His
statutes which I commanded this day.” In
verse 14, why this warning?
heart be lifted up (be built up with callouses in the soul) and thou
Lord thy God who brought thee forth out of the Land of Egypt from the
The reason these
able to go in, in Numbers 14, was because they believed God as a result
they’ve been taught.
let’s go back to verse 14. What
about their parents?
What about their
parents now that they had
discovered as Moses had come to them and said, “Alright,
I’ve talked to God,
and this is what the Lord has told me.
The Lord has said
that because of the hardness upon your soul that you
were not able to love Him and respond to Him in love so that you obeyed
went into the land, all those of you who are 20 years old and up are
going to take the whole camp
and we’re going to move it out into the wilderness.
of us are going to retreat back from
going to leave the
port of entry.
going to go out
into the wilderness and we’re going to stay out there for one
year for every
day that the spies searched out the land, and every day of which God
abundant evidence of what He was going to do for us.
year for every day.
going to be out there for a total of 40
got 39 more years to
we’re not going to return until everybody
who’s 20 years old and up is dead.”
supposing somebody walked in and said that to you this
in this room that is
20 years old and up is going to die before the year is out,”
because you did
not do something.
Suppose that all
people who aren’t in church this morning should get a letter
that says, “The
Lord has told us that all of you that did not attend church last
years old and up will be held accountable and you will die before the
that be a dilly?
it was frightening.
says, “But your little ones whom ye said should be a prey,
them will I bring in and they shall know the land which ye despised. But
as for you, your carcasses, they shall
fall in the wilderness.” What
experiencing is what the Bible calls the sin unto death.
callouses had become so complete there
was now no return for them.
33 says, “And your children shall wander in the
wilderness 40 years and bear your harlotries until you carcasses shall
wasted in the wilderness.” Callouses
create spiritual unfaithfulness so that you can accept anything.
34 says, “After the number of the days in which ye
searched out the land, each day for a year shall ye bear your
40 years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.”
is, my postponement of blessing because
I cannot give it to calloused souls.” That’s
why they couldn’t be blessed.
35 says, “I the Lord have said I will surely do it
unto this evil congregation who are gathered together against me in
They shall be
there they shall die.
And the men who
Moses sent to search the land who returned (this is the reconnaissance
and made all the congregation to murmur against Him by bringing up the
upon the land, even those men who did bring up the evil report upon the
died by the plague before the Lord. But
Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunah who were of the men
went to search the land still lived.”
it was bad enough that Moses came and announced how they
would die while they stood there. Here
these leaders, twelve leading men who had made up this reconnaissance
and right there in front of the eyes of the congregation who composed
majority report dropped dead on the spot.
And the people
looked and they couldn’t believe their eyes.
they also noticed something else, that
two of them, the minority people, Joshua and Caleb, stood and they
But you know they
got the message right
Right away it was
Do you know why
these ten had
Because they were
wrong in what
they told us.
We were stupid
believe these ten.
But it was the
that we refused to believe, they were the ones who were right. Well,
why didn’t they believe the two? Because
they were so calloused in their soul
that their physical eyes misinterpreted what could only be understood
the eyes of their soul, and they were blind in their souls.
look what they do.
beginning to get the picture, this evil congregation.
39 says, “And Moses told thee saying
unto all the children of Israel. And
people mourned greatly.” What
They repented. They
“We were wrong.
God, we should
have listened to your two
They were right. We
Alright, they had
made their confession, and
when you confess your known sins, you are immediately restored to
notice something else.
This is one of
the most important passages of Scripture to give you a
basic understanding of a dramatic truth.
That when you
confess your sins it does not remove something else that’s
That you needed
attention before you put it there. That
is that they mourned greatly, but verse 40 says, “They rose
up early in the
morning and went up into the top of the mountain saying, ‘Lo
we are here.
We will go up
unto the place which the Lord
hath promised for we have sinned.” Now
they’re in fellowship with the Lord, and what’s the
first thing they decided to
“That was wrong for us
not to go in.
they got up early in the morning and they’re packing
their gear and they’re taking their tents down and they
lining up the kids and
they’re getting everybody fed and they’re grabbing
the last handful of manna
and they’re ready to move out. And
says, “Wait a minute, you’re wrong.”
they said, “How can we be wrong? We
confessed our sin.
God is able to
able to direct us.
What do you mean
verse 41 Moses says, “Wherefore now do you transgress the
commandment of the Lord, but it shall not prosper.
not up for the Lord is not among you that
you be not smitten before your enemies.”
here’s the problem that existed.
but all these callouses were still there. And
the darkness and the insensitivity to the
plan of God were still there.
because of that they were ready to make another wrong move. Do
you see how frightful it is for someone
not to have warned you over the years what it does not to have doctrine
go negative toward it when you are taught it?
is what’s being built up, and this is what’s going
destroy your whole being.
people barged in.
Moses told them
and their zeal is
in fellowship but
you’ll still make wrong moves because of what
you’ve built up over a period of
It takes doctrine. It
takes a lot of positive volition to peel
that back off.
the result was that the people, because they’re so
calloused, charged up.
Verse 44 says,
“They presumed to go up unto the hilltop, nevertheless the
Ark of the Covenant
of the Lord, and Moses departeth not out of the camp.
the Amalekites came down and the
Canaanites who dwelt in that hill and they smote them and they routed
panicked them) even unto Hormah. They
struck them down.
They killed them. Smote
them means they killed them, and they
The key is not
it is learning doctrine so you can have love and respond to God.
here’s the summary.
A Christian with
callouses on his soul may be in fellowship with the
Lord after confession of sin but he is spiritually incompetent. It
is difficult to recover from an excessive
buildup of spiritual callouses.
very callouses keep stimulating negative responses to the word while
trying to clear up the callouses.
Thirdly, it is
not wise therefore for a Christian to pursue service
while he’s trying to clear up the callouses on his soul so he
can start free
you ever had a hard time breathing? That’s
what happens to your soul.
not able to breathe in and to breathe
And until you
begin to open up the
breathing passages of your soul, it is wiser for you to lay off of
service so you can become sensitive to God.
you’re going to be charging up the hill where God says,
that’s not what I planned for you to do.”
like to think that it’s a matter of doing, but
God says it’s a matter of capacity to love Him so that you
And when you love
physical eyes will see things in the right perspective.
will appreciate what God is doing for
understand what He is
doing for you.
And you will
properly to what you see and you won’t be distorting and
The capacity to
love God begins with response
to His Word.
John E. Danish, 1971
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