Eleven Days From Destiny


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Deuteronomy 1:1-8 (KJV) These be the words which Moses spake unto all Israel on this side Jordan in the wilderness, in the plain over against the Red sea, between Paran, and Tophel, and Laban, and Hazeroth, and Dizahab. [2] (There are eleven days’ journey from Horeb by the way of mount Seir unto Kadeshbarnea.) [3] And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spake unto the children of Israel, according unto all that the LORD had given him in commandment unto them; [4] After he had slain Sihon the king of the Amorites, which dwelt in Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, which dwelt at Astaroth in Edrei: [5] On this side Jordan, in the land of Moab, began Moses to declare this law, saying,[6] The LORD our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount: [7] Turn you, and take your journey, and go to the mount of the Amorites, and unto all the places nigh thereunto, in the plain, in the hills, and in the vale, and in the south, and by the sea side, to the land of the Canaanites, and unto Lebanon, unto the great river, the river Euphrates. [8] Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.

God’s people are people of purpose. God never saves a person then ignores that person, or allows that person to ignore Him.

God not only saves His people from – but He saves them to.

God saves His people from condemnation, from death, from slavery, from Satan, from defeat and despair, and from hellfire. God also saves His people to glorify Him, to tell others about Him, to win the land for Him, and most importantly to be like Him.

Look at Abraham. The son of unbelieving parents, God called Abraham out of ancient Babylon. God told Abraham “If you follow Me I will use you to bless this entire world”. Abraham was saved from the pagan gods to worship the Living God. He was saved from childlessness to become a great nation. Through Abraham the Christ was given. God blesses those who trust Him.

Let us consider Moses. Moses was supposed to be aborted and murdered. But God saved Moses from death and moved him to the palace of the one who ordered his execution. Moses murdered a man, and ran away from home. God saved Moses from exile to raise him up to lead Israel, the nation God promised Abraham. God saves a person to use them for His glory. You are always saved from so that you can go to.

Let us consider David. David was a shepherd, considered the runt of his father Jesse’s offspring. God saved David from the shepherding to raise him up as supreme leader over Israel. God saved David and trained David to be the greatest mortal king Israel would ever know outside of Jesus Christ.

God’s people are always people of purpose. The unbeliever – like the firefly – dances from leaf to flower, bobbing in the breeze of whim and fancy. God has a greater purpose for His people than to be will ‘o wisps. We were not saved to be carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, by the cunning craftiness of those who lie in wait to deceive (Ephesians 4:14).

God saves us from sin to serve Him, to bring Him glory.
We are to conquer the world through God our Savior.

1. God’s People Are Purposefully Saved By God

Deuteronomy 1:6 The LORD our God spoke unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount:

Beloved, this world is lost, just as Canaan was lost. God saved Israel from Egypt to take the land of Canaan. Why? Because that land was lost. Sin had so imbedded itself in Canaan that child sacrifice abounded.

When sin is uncontested it grows and spreads like a rot.

This world is sick. God came as a Physician to call sinners – those that are sick – to repentance. Jesus said:

Mark 2:17 … They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Israel was given a command by God: “Go into Canaan, and take the land for Me. Do as I say! You are My People. “The Lord our God SPOKE UNTO US in Horeb”.

God did not speak to Canaan. In fact, God did not speak to Israel until after Israel was saved from Egypt.
What principle does this show us from Scripture?

God does not speak to the unbelieving and the defiled. God does not speak to those who are not His by faith. God spoke to US at Horeb – to US at the Mountain of God. Horeb is the same as Mount Sinai, the place where God gave the Law to Israel.

God never speaks to the unbelieving,
nor to the believer living as an unbeliever.
He speaks to the obedient saved,
To the Seeker in need,
To those who dwell in the shadow of His Presence.

God offers salvation to the lost, and bids that all repent and turn to Christ Jesus as both Lord and Savior. Yet to those who reject Him so that they might wallow in sin God says..

Psalms 50:16-21 But UNTO THE WICKED God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? {17} Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee. {18} When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers. {19} Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit. {20} Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son. {21} These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such a one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.

And again,


God wants His people – people who are saved from this world, from the slavery of Egypt – those who are Christ’s – to go forward into Canaan and tell others they can be freed too!

  • TELL THEM that Jesus Christ loved us before we ever loved Him. Tell them that God sent His Son to be the payment – the atonement – for our sins (1 John 4:10).

  • TELL THEM that Jesus Christ was manifested – brought to this earth – to take away our sins (1 John 3:5).

  • TELL THEM that God will forgive no man’s sin unless they call upon the Name of Jesus. Our sins are forgiven for Christ’s sake (1 John 2:12) – not because we have worked our way into God’s good graces.

  • TELL THEM that Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God (John 1:29) Who takes away the sin of the world. The sin of failing to believe in Jesus, of failing to surrender the life to God in Christ, is the chief sin that will send every soul unto eternal damnation. What is Christ’s promise to all who believe?

John 6:35-40 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. {36} But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. {37} All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. {38} For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. {39} And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. {40} And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

God saved Israel to follow Him. God saved the Church to follow Him. We are purposely saved by God. God’s People are also

2. God’s People Are Purposefully Set Apart By God

Deuteronomy 1:6 The LORD our God spoke unto us in Horeb, saying, YE have dwelt LONG ENOUGH in this mount:

When God saved Israel from Egypt He did not immediately send them into Canaan. He led them to Mount Horeb – also called Mount Sinai – where the Lord instructed them and made them into a cohesive nation. Israel had to grow in their faith before they stepped out into Canaan. The Lord does the same thing to the Christian.

The Lord gives you and I times of peace and prosperity so that we can grow in our faith. We abide in the shadow of the Mount of God to grow – then when the time is right we move outward to do as our Lord has commanded.

The Grace you are saved by is not
the Grace you move forward by.

What do I mean by that? Believer, you are to GROW IN GRACE AND IN KNOWLEDGE. The Scripture says:

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.

The world cannot understand the things of God – but they can see your life, and what God has done in it. You are to grow in grace, to grow in faith while you dwell in the relative peace of God’s Mountain. God has a goal for each and every Christian’s life. His goal is not that we wander in the wilderness of this sinful land, nor is His goal that we live defeated lives. The Bible tells us that each Christian is:

Romans 8:29 … predestined to be conformed to the image of God’s Son, {that Jesus} might be the firstborn among many brethren.

On the day that God saved you He predetermined that He wanted each and every one of you to be conformed to the image of Jesus. God wants us to be like Jesus! He wants us to be like Jesus in the way we love others.

God wants us to be kind like Jesus ..
To be giving like Jesus ..
To be worshipful like Jesus ..
To go out and be like Jesus in a non-Jesuslike world.

You come together and assemble together because Jesus commanded it. You worship together because – like Jesus – we who are saved by His shed Blood are kings and priests unto God (Revelation 1:6). We are kings and priests because God made us so (Revelation 5:10) – not because we made ourselves. You who are saved by faith in Him:

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Were saved to be greater than you naturally are. You are predestined by God to be like Jesus just like Israel was predestined to enter the Promised Land. The Almighty God Who

Philippians 1:6 … hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

The first generation of saved Israel refused to enter the land of Canaan as God commanded. They died off … then the second generation went in. God will get His way. It is far better to follow the Lord and be blessed. If you choose to refuse the Lord Who saved you, I am certain that God will not mind taking you to glory where there you can meet your destiny!

God’s people, changed by faith in Christ, should be world changers. We should expect change. We should not expect to stay in the same place at all times. You have dwelt in this mountain long enough. There is no water more bitter than stagnant water. The Christian way of life is about change. What saith the Lord?

Matthew 4:19-20 … Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. {20} And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.

Immediately the disciples left their nets and followed Jesus.
Abraham left his home and followed Jesus.
Moses left the Desert of Midian to follow Jesus.
David left his sheep to follow Jesus.
God’s people follow Jesus to the glory of the King!

God’s people are not rooted to this earth, but our ultimate inheritance is in Heaven. You must leave the Mountain of God and go about your Father’s business. There’s an old song that truly says:

This world is not my home,
I’m just a passing through.
My treasures are laid up,
Somewhere beyond the blue.
The angels beckon me,
From Heaven’s open door.
And I can’t feel at home,
In this world anymore.

Jesus said the same thing in the prayer He said for His Church before He was crucified. He said:

John 17:15-18 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil {one}. {16} THEY ARE NOT OF THE WORLD, EVEN AS I AM NOT OF THE WORLD. {17} Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. {18} AS THOU HAST SENT ME INTO THE WORLD, EVEN SO HAVE I ALSO SENT THEM INTO THE WORLD.

Those who belong to Jesus by faith are no longer of this world. We are here – but we are changed creatures. We are no longer of the sons of Adam, but we are sons of God by faith in Christ Jesus (John 1:12). We are agents of change. God changed us, and embraces us daily. He equips us – through prayer and the study of His Word – to go into all the world.

Israel complacent would not enter the Promised Land.
So the land stayed in pagan hands.
The Church complacent allows the land to fall to Satan.

Grow in Him. Pursue your faith, because …

3. God’s People Are Purposefully Sent By God

Deuteronomy 1:2, 6 (There are eleven days journey from Horeb by the way of mount Seir unto Kadesh-barnea.) … {6} The LORD our God spoke unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have DWELT long enough in this mount:

If you are saved, you are saved for a greater purpose. Israel was not saved from Egypt so that she could bivouac or mark time in the shadow of God. God does not save His people just so they can huddle together in the meetings of their local Church, safe and content, protected by four walls. His people are saved so that they can go out and win others to Christ. We are, like the early Church, to “give testimony unto the Word of His Grace” (Acts 14:3) – to tell others what Jesus did for us in our lives.

What is the significance of the statement: “there are eleven days journey from Horeb by the way of Mount Seir unto Kadesh-Barnea”?

The most profound statements in God’s Holy Word are often ignored or overlooked because we don’t carefully examine them. For instance, in this text we read “There are eleven days journey from Horeb by the way of Mount Seir unto Kadesh-Barnea”. You might read this and say “So what – who cares how far it is between those two areas?” Yet that eleven days journey is very important. You see, God’s Israel came to the Mountain of God – a place where they were to grow in their relationship to the Almighty – in the third month following their amazing departure from Egypt. Israel dwelt in the shadow of God’s Mountain for nearly a year – eleven months – as God lovingly trained them in what He wanted them to do. God fed them bread from Heaven. The Lord prospered them. He gave them their meat in due season (Psalm 145:15), quail for meat and water to drink. Israel grew fat in the shadow of God’s Mountain. Then one day …

God told His people “It’s time to move. Go and take the Promised Land. Leave this Mountain and do what I trained you to do. Trust Me. Have faith in Me. Though My mountain will be left behind you

I’ll be with you every step of the way”.

Israel should have believed the Lord. Israel sent spies into the Promised Land to see what was there. Those spies brought back huge clusters of grapes and other bounty. These men said “It’s exactly as God said. The land literally flows with milk and honey. It is a great land.” But then ten of the men said “we can’t go into this land. We feel that we just won’t be able to go, regardless as to what God has said (Numbers 13:27ff).” These men, because of their negative feelings, led the rest of Israel to rebel against God. God’s Israel – eleven days from promise, eleven days from God’s blessing – ended up spending forty years dying in the wilderness.

I have met many Christians who – I am certain they were saved – yet nonetheless live defeated lives.

Why? Because they would not trust God and DO what He said. Jesus commanded us to not only HEAR but DO what He said. I don’t know about you, but when I enter glory I want to hear my Master say:

Matthew 25:21 …Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.

Let us be a doing people for the Lord. Pray for me, as I pray for you. May God touch your hearts with His Word!

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A searching Pastor, I am looking for a people who love the Lord and love one another. Daily I pray for the Church. Most of what the world sees today is not the Church, but clubs pretending to be the Church. God is calling to Himself a people willing to be righteous, not self righteous, serving not served. I am called to pastor God's people, those who want to change the world by willingly and willfully following Jesus Christ. Only God is able to change the world, and we must follow His Christ. He is able! Praise His Name! Come quickly Lord Jesus!
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