13th March, 2019




Numbers 14:28-31 (NKJV)

[28] Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the Lord, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you: [29]The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above. [30] Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun, you shall by no means enter the land which I swore I would make you dwell in. [31] But your little ones, whom you said would be victims, I will bring in, and they shall know the land which you have despised.


In yesterday’s devotion on “God’s method for taking us home,” we discovered, that, God will allow them to die, those who believe they must die before they go to heaven; because death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. 

There is a typical example in the Old Testament as captured in our theme Scripture for today. The verse 28 says, “Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the Lord, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you.” We often quote this verse whenever we make faith declarations, and there’s nothing wrong with applying Scripture that suits our situation. But when you read the whole of Numbers chapter 14, you’d discover that in context, the verse 28 was God’s response to the complaints of the people. They had complained as to why Moses had brought them to the wilderness to die; they even wanted to choose a new leader who would lead them back to Egypt (Numbers 14:1-4). Joshua and Caleb admonished them to change their confession, but the whole congregation planned to stone them (Numbers 14: 6-10). It was within this context that God spoke to Moses to tell the whole congregation the words in verse 28. 

True to God’s Word, a journey that was supposed to be 40days ended up being 40years. God allowed them to wander in the wilderness till all the people from 20years and above died. It was only Joshua and Caleb of the older generation together with their children below 20years who entered the promised land. The Bible calls these Old Testament Saints “The Church in the wilderness” (Acts 7:38). What happened to the Church in the wilderness is an allegory of what will happen to the present day Church. Romans 15:4 (KJV) says, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

Those who believe that we must die before we go to heaven will be allowed to use death as an exit door; but the generation that will discover that Christ is our life, and that God’s method for taking us home is by life, that is the generation which will be alive until Christ comes. 

We must learn from the Old Testament example. God hasn’t mandated that one must die before he/she goes to heaven. You may say, “But it is appointed unto man once to die?” Hold your breath and let’s discuss that in tomorrow’s devotion. You’d be amazed to know how we’ve misquoted Scripture to our own detriment.


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