“Yahweh our God spake unto us in Horeb、 saying,—
Long enough have ye dwelt in this mountain:”
https://ref.ly/Dt1.6;emphbbl

“Long enough.”  With these words Yahweh ended the wandering of the Israelites in the desert.  The generation of the Exodus had failed God, refusing to obey him and enter into the land of promise, and in the process becoming a byword for unfaithfulness in the rest of the Scriptures.  They had been in the wilderness for forty years, long enough for all of the generation of the Exodus–the generation of unfaithfulness–to pass away.  God had provided for his people in their wandering–a demonstration of his mercy–and now they had wandered long enough and so God moves them towards the Promised Land.

It’s difficult to imagine what the people must have been thinking.  They had all been born in the desert and knew no other life than that of the desert.  Yes, they had heard of the stories of Yahweh’s delieverance of his people from Egypt; they saw the miracle of manna every day, but they had never experienced God’s deliverance, never drawn up in battle standing with the Lord and his hosts.

“Long enough.”  With these words the Israelites would experience a whole new revelation of Yahweh, and unlike the generation that preceded them, they would not fail him. They would enter the land of promise, and take the land, just as God had promised them.

The message in the generation of the Entrance [shall we call it that?] is one of trust.  God told them to enter into the Promised Land and take it and that he would be with them and deliver them.  They trusted his word; they obeyed; they took the land.

We have a choice each and every day if we will trust the Lord on this day.  Yesterday’s trust was only good for yesterday, and tomorrow’s trust won’t come up until tomorrow, but today, this day, we face a choice:  will we trust God on this day?

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