For forty years–one year for each of the forty days you explored the land–you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have me against you. I, the LORD have spoken… (Numbers 14:34-35a NIV)
“Your protection has expired.” Recently, this notice flashed upon my screen, It informed me that, if I failed to renew, my laptop would be subject to all sorts of nasty attacks.
Throughout the economically and technologically advanced world, protection is big business. Everything from body-guards, to sophisticated home alarm systems, to anti-theft devices, to watch dogs, to guns, are purchased with the hope of keeping us safe. We are convinced security can be bought with money. We are lulled into believing our nation’s safety is guaranteed by our strong defense. But is this true?
If God is for us, who can be against us? But what can protect us if the Lord is against us?
In Numbers 14, the Israelites sinned once too often. At Kadesh, the people turned against Moses and sought a leader who would take them back to Egypt (Num. 14:4).God’s anger burned against the rebels. He said to Moses:
“How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed among them? I will strike them down with a plague and destroy them… (14:11-12a)
It was clear that the same men that the Lord delivered from bondage in Egypt, that he saved at the Red Sea from Pharaoh’s army and provided food and water for in the desert, had become objects of the Almighty’s wrath.
The ten spies who gave a bad report were quickly stricken by a plague and died (14:36-37). The rest who banded together against the Lord were doomed to die in the wilderness. God turned his face against them.
We might say, for their unbelief, Israel’s protection expired. They would suffer for their sins. The grumblers would learn what it was like to have the Lord against them (14:34).
America is being over-run with malcontents, rabble-rousers, rebels, cowards, liars, looters and others who hold the Lord in contempt. There won’t be any warnings or flashing signs, but the Lord has turned his face against us.We have no more protection.
Hope of ever living in the Promised Land belongs to the Joshua’s and Calebs, as well as to the children of the saints. From here to the end of the republic, we will see nothing but evidence that the nations who’ve known God’s blessings, and witnessed his miracles, are no longer protected.