Plagues, death and punishment were expected by the people after their sin at the foot of Mount Sinai. But, the one thing the people were not ready for–was the idea that God was giving up on them. The idea that God did not want anything to do with them sent Israel into mourning.
They had no idea that their actions could impact God’s feelings for them. The primary reason–they did not care. Up to that moment, it had been all about them. Their liberation, their safety, their food and water and finally their worship. Now, for the 1st time they realized, they were the problem and they mourned.
God does care. He wants for his own to enjoy a full and meaningful journey. But, we have to live lives that honor him and allow him to lead and prepare us for eternity. He does not appreciate spoiled little children so self-centered that they can’t even comprehend the impact their choices have on others.
We should live lives that honor God. We do not want to be known as a stubborn and rebellious people–that God needs a break from.
God Bless You.
The Lord said to Moses, “Get going, you and the people you brought up from the land of Egypt. Go up to the land I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I told them, ‘I will give this land to your descendants.’
And I will send an angel before you to drive out the Canaanites, Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites.
Go up to this land that flows with milk and honey. But I will not travel among you, for you are a stubborn and rebellious people. If I did, I would surely destroy you along the way.”
When the people heard these stern words, they went into mourning and stopped wearing their jewelry and fine clothes.
For the Lord had told Moses to tell them, “You are a stubborn and rebellious people. If I were to travel with you for even a moment, I would destroy you. Remove your jewelry and fine clothes while I decide what to do with you.”