Holding Fast the Confidence
The Israelites who had been led out of Egypt saw and heard wondrous things. They witnessed great miracles. Their lives were spared by the blood of the Passover lamb. God gave them a prophet and God Himself led them. These people heard. They knew God’s will. They had no excuse, and yet they rebelled against that will. They provoked God with their sinful disobedience again and again during the forty years that they wandered in the wilderness. God richly provided for all of their needs and cared for them. Yet despite receiving such marvelous blessings, they were disobedient. The result of this was that they were unable to enter the rest of the Promised Land. They missed out on even greater blessings than they had already seen, due to their acts of unbelief. This narrative is recalled here as an example to remind readers that those who have experienced God’s goodness should not become complacent, but rather should persevere in the faith.
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