Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged” (Deuteronomy 1:21).

In the book of Deuteronomy, it is known that Moses was giving the Ten Commandments of the law to the children of their parents in Israel who didn’t trust God after the miraculous things He did – like splitting the Red Sea, all of Israel crossed, Pharaoh’s army didn’t. They were just children then, but apparently, they had seen enough of God’s provision while all of Israel wandered in the wilderness for forty years as punishment for not trusting God.

For Christians today, this seems like an old story. Yet the consequences for not trusting God in everyday life is still prevalent. You have one generation of Israelites refusing to trust God because of fear, whereas the other generation chooses to completely trust God. They chose to “fear not.” The first generation was filled with worry and fear; the other chose to trust God despite what circumstances they were in – giants in the Promised Land. Giants caused fear to keep the first generation of Israelites freed from the bondage of Egypt, and God is not the god of fear but the God of “fear not.” However, the next generation of Israelites, they were told to “fear not,” and that’s what they did as they took on the physical giants that had possession of the Promised Land. It is the same for us today despite what satan and his entourage tempt us with if we keep the heart of the Ten Commandments. Flat out, we need to trust God despite whatever circumstances we’re in.

One might say, “What do the Ten Commandments have to do with trusting God?” Simply everything. The Ten Commandments: 1) thou shalt have no other gods before Me, 2) thou shalt not make unto to thee any graven image or likeness of any thing that is in heaven above or that is in the earth beneath or that is in the water under the earth – Thou shalt not bow thyself to them nor serve them, for I am a jealous God, 3) Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain, 4) Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it, 5) Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, 6) thou shalt not kill, 7) thou shalt not commit adultery, 8) thou shalt not steal, 9) thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour, 10) Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s. And although these seem like simple commandments, satan and his entourage are always there to tempt one to break one of these, which they often do, all the way back to Adam and Eve.

When Pharaoh began his cruel treatment of the Israelites, primarily the Egyptian’s worshipped ten gods/goddesses. In their captivity, the Israelites began to worship the ten gods and goddesses before the ten plagues. See, each plague addressed the issue for which that Egyptian god/goddess was responsible for, and the total was ten. It is curious that it is followed up by the Ten Commandments after crossing the Red Sea; however, I think that it is more than a coincidence. Yet, the Israelites, freed from bondage of Egypt, took them less than forty days to rebel against the Lord by building a golden calf which is a direct result from their captivity.

However, this doesn’t apply to us, does it? Well, according to Solomon (the wisest king over all the earth) it does. According to Ecclesiastes 1:4-9, it says:

“One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever. The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose. The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits. All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again. All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”

Just think of this: basically, the Israelites, way back then, are the same as us today. Sure the Ancient Israelites don’t have cell phones, laptops, and tablets, thinking we have an edge up on them in the area of technology; yet we don’t. We can make the same stupid mistakes faster. This was one reason that Moses wrote this Deuteronomy (the second giving of the law also known as the Ten Commandments – to the children who were now adults) to spark a generational revival led by Joshua. Just take a look at the book of Joshua. However, the third generation had slipped back into looking to other gods –

“Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
‭‭Joshua‬ ‭24‬:‭14‬-‭15‬ ‭KJV‬‬

I think it is time for a generational revival led by the Godhead – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I think we need to start Trusting God again. Anybody with me?

~ Darren L Beattie, The Soul Blogger of TrueLifeChristianity.com ~


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