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Mar 11, 2018

40 Days and 40 Nights - Jesus, Our Promised Land

40 Days and 40 Nights - Jesus, Our Promised Land

Passage: Numbers 13:1-29

Speaker: Pastor Stephen Palm

Series: 40 Days and 40 Nights

Category: Lent

At Kadesh Barnea, on the borders of the Promised Land, Israel sends out spies to spy out the land. For 40 days and 40 nights they walked through the land God promised them. They found it to be exactly how God described the Promised Land, a land flowing with milk and honey. Ten of the twelve spies are overwhelmed and completely lacking in faith. They sow fear in the hearts of their fellow Israelites and disbelieve in God’s ability to deal with the giants before them. This unleashes a rash of 40s. God purposes to destroy Israel, but, once again, Moses intercedes for another 40 days and 40 nights. God relents, but there is a consequence. They will not enter the Promised Land for 40 years. Instead, they will wander in the wilderness waiting for the faithless generation to completely die off. It is a restless period in which the younger generation longs for peace and rest. As we enter the New Testament era, we again find God’s people longing for peace and rest. Although they are in the Land of Promise, they are there as servants of Rome. But Jesus, the Prince of Peace, came with a message that God’s Promised Land is more than a place, it’s a relationship with one who is our true Promised Land. He came to give us peace by solving our greatest need… a new heart and a different kind of spirit.