The once emancipated children of Israel leaving Egypt to cross the wilderness in forty days, alas, they conquered nothing in them selves, but remained imprisoned in their unbelief and disobedience upon the command to enter the land. But what is this to do with you and me? Everything!
For those things that were written were written for our sake that we follow not their example of unbelief. 1 Cor.10:11 You see then that they could not enter in because of unbelief. For unto us was the gospel preached as well as unto them, but the word preached did not profit them not being mixed with faith in them that heard them. Heb.3:19 4:1
The greatest problem that the Lord God of Israel had, was his own people. They forsook his law, killed the prophets sent to them, practised idolatry and child sacrifice, set up kings that God did not approve, and He called them a seed of evil doers. Isaiah 4:4. The first three hundred years of Church history will bare out that the churches were house based, open gatherings according to 1 Corinthians 14:26-38 was normative, where each one could participate and the kingdom of priests spoke of in Exodus 19:6 was real. Elders were servants not Lords and they had no positional power over others. There were no religious buildings, no sundays schools, no choirs, no pews, no stain glass windows. They were a people of the kingdom of God demonstrating the fruit of the king in one another. Today this is the challenge, as an obedience of faith, to return to the dynamic of life in Christ and rebuild once again the ruined walls and burned gates that the Institution churches have undone. Will you run with Me?