The Silence is deafening

Caleb in the Bible Followed God With His Whole Heart

Here we see the two brave leaders of God during the Exodus, Joshua and Caleb. Their story is profound and certainly a lesson for us today. Allow us to discuss the implications of standing up and speaking and also, sadly, not responding with silence.

“They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.”

Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”

But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”” (Number 13:27-33)

Caleb began his speech exhorting them to believe in the Lord and not doubt! Yet none of the multitude spoke up in defense of Caleb except Joshua! And Moses and Aaron lamented the doubt as well.

“That night all the members of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness!  Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?”  And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”

Then Moses and Aaron fell facedown in front of the whole Israelite assembly gathered there.  Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes and said to the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good.  If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us.  Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”

But the whole assembly talked about stoning them. Then the glory of the Lord appeared at the tent of meeting to all the Israelites.” (Numbers 14:1-10)

The great lesson here is that when it came time to be of courage and PUBLICLY speak up, just a couple did! The great multitude’s rebellion and many with their silence was deafening and proved their demise.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”(Duet. 31:6)

We bring this lesson up to relate it to a recent experience yours truly had with a brother we’ll call BJ (brother James –alias).

The Lord used BJ as the messenger to bring me into this message way back in May of 2011. One day after Sabbath services I was home on the computer searching for something to read. I saw this advertisement saying “Do you want to know more about the 144,000”? This got my attention as I didn’t know much about the teachings surrounding this subject.

I clicked — and my life was changed! I was about to enter a new life, on the road to His kingdom, Lord willing. The link led me to Mt.Dale’s brother Glenroy Matthews’ study of “The 144,000, who are they?” Truth like I had never experienced flooded my soul and I knew that the gracious all seeing Lord had guided me into a new chapter in my life.

This link was provided by BJ. I reached out to him for more information and where the study had come from, who did it? He provided some information on Mt. Dale organization and I made contact with them. As this was Truth like I had never heard before I wanted all they had and soon a large package arrived with more studies and written material.

But as I learned more the thought came to me –why hadn’t BJ put more of the message on his site? Confused I contacted him and was told that those studies are “Shepherd’s Rod” and that the church doesn’t believe in them. I said “huh?” But I didn’t make much of it and went my way and BJ went his.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago. On FaceBook brother BJ has been one of my friends for many years (about 10 if I recall) but we have not spoken much at all over the years. He posted something which caught my eye. He was involved in a new documentary of some type (don’t remember off hand what it was). But it reminded me about how the Lord used him to bring me into His marvelous light. So as I was feeling grateful, I thought I would reach out to him to say hello and remind him of being used by the Lord for helping yours truly get going to work in His vineyard.

I asked him if he’d had a chance over the years to look into the message. I know he has read our blog posts as we received his comment several years ago.

After I posted – -Silence. Nothing at all received to this day! FB has this little sign that shows if people have read your chat message, and he did. To this day –nothing. As I pondered this silence I remembered the masses of people in the crowd that heard Caleb and Joshua that fateful day, yet did the same thing! SILENCE.

Out of that great multititude, ONLY TWO, made it to the promised land that were over 20 years old –Joshua and Caleb. The Lord did not reward silence!

Had just ONE person raised their hand and said “I am with these brothers!” That one would have secured his soul, he would not have been a participant of the great destroying silence or outright rebellion against God’s prophets. So it is today my brethren, many will find that their silence or ignorance will come to haunt them. Don’t let it be you!

“These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come.” (1 Cor. 10:11)

“For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Cor. 6:2)

Note: for those who want to listen to that study of the 144,000 click here
http://www.shepherds-rod-message.org/audio/rev_7.mp3

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