Chapter 33 sure does put it all into perspective. God has brought them a long way since Egypt. They now stand at the gateway to the Promised Land. For 40 years it has been the next item on the agenda and now they are there. You can almost feel their excitement and anticipation as they dream about what life will be like. I don’t mean to mess up the story for you, but it’s not going to go much better than it has been. Same story, different location. The land didn’t do it. These people have a heart issue.
I find it interesting that even today this land that was give by God to the Israelite people is still under contention. If the people were going to fully occupy the land, they would need to follow God. Today they have not taken possession of their whole property and the holiest spot for all of Israel is occupied by their strongest enemy (Dome of the Rock). I wonder what it will take to follow God?
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.