Knowing God Means Obeying God, Part 2
Take your bibles to Deuteronomy 1: 21, Moses is given his farewell speech. He's in front of everybody. He's about to step aside. This is like a longest farewell speech you could imagine. And he's going to talk to him and he's going to tell them we need to talk about the past. So you don't repeat your mistakes. So remind me if you would. Verse Twenty One, behold the Lord thy God has set the land before the go up and possess it as the Lord, the god of the fathers, et cetera. The fear, not neither be discouraged. He says, the Lord said it there and it's time for you to go get it.
Don't be worried about it. Go do it. Verse Twenty Two, and you came to me because he's talking about the past, you came near unto me, every one of you and said, we will send men before us and they shall search us out the land and bring us word again, but what way? We must go up and until that what cities we shall come, I have to say in pleased me, well, not took 12 men have you one of the tribe and they turned and went up into the mountain and came out of the Valley of ESCO and they searched it out. Father, I pray you just help us to learn something from the past to apply to our lives and help us to be as a church stronger because we've seen what you have done. We've seen our mistakes and we've seen other mistakes and we want to grow in you and I give you praise for all.
In Jesus' precious name. Amen. They had been told to government possess the land 38 years before they were commanded to go. They said, don't get discouraged before they ever sent the spies in. He said, I don't want you to get discouraged a every time though that God sends us anything to do is going to be bigger than us. It's going to be scary and it's going to be a risk, so Moses gave them approval to go ahead and take the spies and they could go in and they can check out the land and they could come back, but there's a big contradiction going on from the time they left Egypt. God's been telling them everywhere to go. They'd been traveling all the way to get to the border and when they get to the, when they get to the Red Sea, it was God who showed him when to get there.
It was God who put the cloud in front of them and the fire at night. It's God who got them across the river. It's God that took them to every camp at a spot. He kind of went ahead figuring out a spot for them to camp, put them a spot to camp. They didn't know where they were going. They just blindly followed him and showed him where he said when they got there, everything was okay. When they get to the promised land, he said, I've given you this land. I'm all powerful. I'm God. I just flipped to Egypt. I just sent 10 plagues on them. I just opened the Red Sea, let you through and destroyed their people. Got You all the way to here. We're ready to cross into the promised land and they said, well, you need let us figure it out. You let us check that out.
We need to get our plan together. We need to figure out what we're going to do and how we're going to go out and let us go in there. Let us check out the city is what we're going to go. Will post it on facebook with tweeted out, will lead by, know where we're going so we'll be ready to go into the place, and so they knew God was going to give the land. Look at Verse Twenty Five in Verse Twenty Five. The last words. Say The Lord are, it is a good land which the Lord our God duff does give us. We often know that God will do something. We believed that he can do something. We doubt that he would really do that with us though. That's the big step. Almost everybody knows God can. Almost everybody knows God wheeler or would. The problem is woody do it with me.
We're afraid of the pain of stepping out by faith. We want God to just give it to us. We'd like to say, God, I need this done and boom, there it is. Got a need you to pay my bills and I don't want to have to work. God, I need you to do this and I don't want to have to do. Now. I just want you to do it. We want God to do it. We believe he can, but we refused to obey him. Look, if you would at verse Twenty Six in Verse Twenty Six and not withstanding, you would not go up. I told you, I gave you the land. You knew I'd give you the land, but you would not go up, but you rebelled against my commandment. Not only did they rebel, I want you to look at the verses and see if it doesn't sound a lot like us.
If you look in verse 27, they murmured in their tents and they said, because the Lord hates us. He brought us out of the land of Egypt to deliver. Since I handled the amorites and to destroy us, we were slaves. God whipped Egypt. God got us across the Red Sea. God got us all the way over here to where we're ready to go in. We'd been traveling. We're here now and it's time to go into the promised land. He has force, but we're scared. We think God hates us. We think God hates us. They thought God wanted to hurt them and see them destroyed. Isn't this where we get when things get scary, we want to blame God. We accused him of not loving us. I'm not taking care of us. Have allowing bad things to happen to us though God's a good God and doing good stuff.
In Verse Twenty Eight, the 10 spies discouraged their hearts. Look at verse 28 and just sending like discouraged her heart. We listened to the wrong people. The wrong voices. We allow circumstances to discourage us. We let the baggage from the past destroy our present. Moses tried to talk to them, tell them that they shouldn't be afraid. Look at verse 29. He said, don't be drunk. Don't dread. Don't let fear overcome you. Don't be afraid of them. The Lord your God which goes before you. He shall fight for you. You guys look, you can go into the promise then it's all gonna. Work out. God is going to take care of you. In verse 31, he said, he is the God has been carrying you like a father does his son. That's how you've gotten this far. That's how you've overcome Egypt. God's been good to you for so many years. He's met every need. He'll continue to do it. They still won't believe God even though they know that God has been good. Verse 32 in this saying, you did not believe the Lord your God who went in the way before you to search you out a place to pitch your tents and and the fire by night and to show you what way you should go in a cloud by day. They didn't believe him. He been good to them in the past. You've been good to them.
We were able to figure out what we want to be able to figure out what's going to happen. We're afraid to take God at his word. We want to understand everything on a human level. Let me just say something to you like let's just take giving. Let's take given that's probably one of the scariest areas of our lives. CanNot Trust God. If I give him money, will he take care of me? Will he meet my needs? Because that's a scary area. I need my money. You. I've got to have my money. I've got to be able to pay my bills. I've got responsibilities and God said I'm supposed to give to anybody. If I give to him, he might not take care of me. And you know, he's not that good at God anyway. I mean, just to be honest, he has people getting in trouble before and he might let me get in trouble, you know, and I'm scared and not a want to give and that's Kinda what's going on. Or maybe God is calling you to be a missionary and you're like, I'd like to be a missionary and I know God could use me and I know God's powerful but, and I know God's been real good to me and I know what he's done in my life in the past, but I'm not sure he can do it in the future. I'm not sure.
Here's the sad thing. There comes a point when God says, all right, that's it. I've had it. I'm angry. And that's what happened in verse 34. And the Lord heard the voice of your words that he was rough. That's means he was angry and he swore saying, surely there shall not one of these men of this evil generation see that good land, which I swear unto you, except for Caleb and verse 36. And then Joshua in verse 38, and I and I, that's it. Nobody else is going in. That's it. I've had it.
There comes a time when God's like a have been doing everything in the world for you, but like a daddy carrying you on my back. Y'All got through the wilderness. You got out of the. You got to cross the Red Sea because I carried you. I've been carrying you. I've been taking care of you. I've been doing all of this for you and you don't appreciate what I've done. You don't see what I've done. You're, you're acting like I don't do anything for you. In fact, as you say, I mean you say I'm hateful. You say I want to hurt you. You say, I brought you out to kill you. You accused me and I'm just fed up with it. I don't know if you can understand that at all. If you've been apparent you can.
You ever been a parent and your kids get mad at you and maybe they said some ugly things to you or maybe they were talking amongst themselves or talking with a friend and they talked about how you weren't so good and you're thinking about how many hours you worked and all the things you did and the times you set by their side and they were, or maybe you did it to your parents or whatever and they've done all these things for you and all of a sudden you're like, I do everything in the world. Or maybe if you say, trust me and they're like, I don't know if I can trust you. It hurts. It hurts. And the father's like, I don't know why. You'll know. Trust me. That was a good to you. I saved you. I provided you with everything you've got. I've done everything in your life and you don't trust me. You don't trust me. You don't believe in me. You don't think you think I want to hurt you. You honestly think that I would call you to the mission field. So I got hurt you. You honestly think, I want you to give an offering to tithe and give it a faith promise because I want to hurt you. You really think that you think I want you to be honest and love your wife and be faithful to your wife. You think I want to hurt. She so understand how you could think that about me.
Look at verse Thirty Eight.
He says to Moses and he says, you need to encourage Joshua. He shall go into either because in verse 37, Moses says to him, he said, you know God's mad at me too. It's all y'alls fault. Now I don't get to go in either, but God told me to. Just tell Joshua and encourage him. Joshua needed the encouragement of people. Joshua Moses had been discouraged by the people. John Moses, now saying to the people, you all need to encourage Joshua. Y'All need to motivate Joshua and challenge Joshua, and here's the beautiful thing about the whole story and I don't have time to go into as much. We'll do it on the next two. I've already got the mixed message fixed on chapter two and chapter three. Here's the deal that Josh was already going when Moses has already gone to when the children of Israel already gonna win the deals done just like it is for us, you're going to win.
Greater is he that's in you than he that's in the world. You have victory through Jesus Christ. God can do great things for you. You got all that going your way. That's not positive thinking. That's just facts. If you read the Bible and he said, now Moses, you, you, you get the people. Y'All all own encouraged. Joshua, I'm going to give him the land, but he's going gonna have to deal with a bunch of belly aching baptist and I need y'all to encourage him. And, and so they caused him great headaches and we should be working in encouraging those that are taking these big steps in ministry. We should be encouraging. Not discouraging. I was studying today. Just some fun stuff. Not anything I really needed for preaching. And uh, one of the articles I read said the most encouraged most, the most horrible thing you could do is embarrass them and discouraged them publicly. That's one of the most harmful things you could. They'd done that to Moses and Moses is being told, don't let that happen. If you go to verse 39,
see God's angry. You got to remember they 38 years before they got into the edge of the promised land. It was right across the river. All they had to do is go across. It was there's the cloud by day and the fire by night was going to take them in. He would have led them exactly where they needed to go. He would have won the victory. He would have done great things with them. That's what he was going to do. He was going to do big stuff with them. They were almost there and then they got to say it and I don't really think it's true. I mean, I. I think what the Bible says is true, but I think they claimed it was their children about really believed was worried about your children. I believe it was selfishness. Look, if you would at chapter one and verse 39, he said, moreover your little ones would you say would be hurt your children, which in that day had no knowledge of good and evil.
You said they get hurt just kids and you set out to hurt them and if I took you under promise and they might get hurt, I'm going to give them the promise land and let me just tell you what I think ends up happening so many times with us. We blame it on the kids. I was like, they're scared to go fight. I think they're scared to risk our lap and wants to talk to our kids will get hurt there. Said, we don't trust you. God, you might want to hurt our kids. You don't just want to hurt me. You want to kill my kid. I'll trust you. That's kind of what they were saying to God and the whole story and so God said, okay, big deal. Then I'll just let you die and I'll take your kids and I'll give them all the promises I had for you.
I learned something in Peru and you won't see this as openly and America, but I'm going to say something, make you all mad at me. I've got four minutes and I'm not going to get finished, but I'm probably still a couple extra minutes. But you know what the Peruvians would say. They'd say, I educated my kids. I fed my kids, I closed my kids. How's my kids? I'll help them graduate school, but they're supposed to take care of me. I invested in them, so they'll invest in me when it's all over. And Buddy, uh, a Peruvian family, it gets so mad. If anything happened that might keep their parents. I was in China sitting in China and I'm talking to a young preacher. Boy, I don't know if I could preach or not. He said, because my parents had paid for all my education. If I go into ministry, they're going to charge me for everything I've ever done for me. They asked for the money it costs to raise me. So it's really kind of selfish. He said it was not like that in America. Oh, I think it is. You're going to keep the grandkids close to me. You're going to do what I want to do. I don't care what God wants from your laugh. I'm really worried about what I want.
Whatever we use that excuse as an excuse as just that God even bless the children with the promise that the parents never got to enjoy, so once God said all that ugly stuff and he kind of blew his stack there for a second, they said, Oh man, we didn't know you. Was that serious? We didn't know. Is that big a deal that you really us to go into the promised land and so you're going to kill us if you're going to kill us, will just go on and fight. Now, that's happens in chapter one and verse 40, but as for you turn you and take your journey into the wilderness. Verse Forty one you answered said, no, no, no. We have sinned against the Lord. We will go up and we will fight according to all that. The Lord our God commands us and they all grabbed your weapons and decided to go into battle and modes.
I said, he won't go into. You will go with you. Verse Forty Two of the Lord said unto me, sending them, I will not go. I'm not among them. If they go in, they're going to get hurt. Universe. Forty three of the guys said, we don't care whether God goes, we're going to do it now. We're going to do it. You see that were willful when they said no. Another willful. When they say yes and God's like, I don't like willful people, our father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. The attitudes supposed to be whatever you want, God, that's what we're doing. The attitude here was no god, we are not going in. Change your mind. Okay, you're really mad. Okay, well we'll change our mind, but you will go with us.
He said, oh no, I won't go with you. There comes a point when God will not listen to your prayers. Verse Forty three, they went up presumptuously into the heel. Verse Forty Five, the Lord would not hearken to their voice. He wouldn't listen. God said, you don't want to obey me. I can stop listening. I can stop answering prayers. We didn't learn from the past. We need to learn from the past. We need to realize that God's will ought to be more important to us than anything else. It all. You ought to be an encourager to your, to your children that want to be serving God. You ought to be an encourager to the missionaries that go out of our church, ought to be an encourager to other dads and moms are trying to raise her family for Jesus. You ought to be an encourager. Let's look at the past and learned some great lessons.
It's been 38 years. It's time for him to go in and Moses says, before we go and let's just take a minute and review the past because we don't need anymore that happened and again, they reviewed the past. Let's share the stories of how God has blessed that. Share the stories of our own disobedience and how it costs us. Can I say to parents, you need to be real transparent. You need to say to your kids, you need to say to your children, this is where I've been. This is how I've messed up. This is what I've done wrong. This is how God taught me. We need to share those things with our kids. We need to teach our children how to obey God. It's a big deal. It's a big deal, God, that you be a dad and don't use your kids in excuse. Take them as a responsibility and say, I'm going to teach my children to serve.
God will teach my children to honor God. Tell him the stories of what God's been doing in your life to help them to know to honor God and fear God and trust God and step out by faith. Don't make the mess that's happened before. I think in my bed and I may not have the privilege of raising four children and they're all serving the Lord and we're very proud of our children and, and, and, and love them. But I think if there's a big responsibility every parent has, is to say, kids, let me tell you how God's brought me where I am. Why should my kids have to re learn all my lessons? One thing my dad told me when I was younger, he said, he said, you will not live long enough to make all the mistakes you might have learned from somebody else's.
And as a dad you might could help your kid as a dad. You might could say there was a time when I dried up in my bible reading, there was a time I went to church in Santa Maria and I wasn't a giver. I wasn't to give her son and I really see how God didn't bless me. Like you would a bless me if I had obeyed him. Hey, I wasn't praying like I should. This temptation got into my life and I realized how it messed me up because instead of my kids being 57, 58 and 59, about to enjoy all the promises God had for me, but I wouldn't tell them. I'd rather tell them the story and help them not miss up. Hey man, you're standing on the edge of the promised land. Your kids are that close and just in a few days, it took them seven years to conquer the whole land.
Seven years, but it's been 38. They could have been enjoying the land 31 years by now. If mom and dad had to just stand. It took a stand for what God wanted and just believe God. Are you grateful? Do you look back over all God's done over your life? Can you think about what he's done, how he's brought you where he has? Can you think about the times you were in desperate need and you prayed and God answered that prayer? Maybe your wife was sick or your kid was sick or their money was that there or you needed a job or you need God to do something. There was something and you needed God and he showed up. Tell the kids they ought to be able to say, my dad knew God. My Dad knew God. My Dad walked with God. My Dad learned these things from God till this past, so Moses before the finishes, Chapter One, he says, we'll talk to you a whole lot of stuff about how to get ready to live in the land and will prepare you for the promise land, but the first preparation is let's go back and look at our past.
Let's look at the mess up. It's not the parents doing it. It is Moses to it, but wouldn't it be a good deal if I went home and I said, Chris, let me tell you where dad messed up. By the way, they don't listen. When the older they get, the less they listen. So if your kids are young, they'll still listen to you. They're thrilled by your stories to 12, 13, 14, I'm not sure when, but somewhere in there they stopped being so thrilled by your stories, by somewhere in there they decide they want to tell their stories and their not. Solicit, thrilled it. Listen to your stories so you better take advantage of it. You've got small children in your home. Don't blow it. Tell them about Jesus.