settled: to stand firm, be stationed, take an upright position, to be fixed, to be ready, to be planted
And wherefore have you made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? It is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink (Numbers 20:5).
When twelve spies were sent to investigate the land, they brought back grapes, figs and pomegranates for the children of Israel to taste and see. O taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man that trusts in him (Psalm 34:8). God promised to bring them up and out of Egypt and into a land flowing with milk and honey, but they were complaining because where they were, didn’t look like what God promised. They no longer believed what was told to them.
They were tired of the wilderness, but the wilderness was necessary. They acted like their new home was the wilderness, but it was designed for them to go through, not to live in. This place was preparing them for the next place, but they didn’t like this season of their life and what was good for them was now labeled as evil.
Seed makes things grow, but even in a place that had no seed, God always made sure they were fed. There was no water in the wilderness, yet they drank water. But they were still not satisfied.
I know they say that nothing grows in the wilderness, but the children of Israel should have been growing and maturing. The wilderness journey was their time to learn how to believe, trust and to depend on God. They couldn’t see Him, but they saw His works, signs, wonders and His glory. They didn’t know Him and this was their opportunity to learn of Him. This was a time of testing to reveal to them what was in their hearts. The word of God should be hidden in our hearts, but sometimes we have things hiding in our hearts that shouldn’t be there.
The lack of seed wasn’t the problem. The problem was that they refused to become a seed. Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it can only be a single seed. But if it dies, it bears much fruit (John 12:24). To become more than a seed, it must first die. Then, it can bear fruit.
I loved that the Israelites remembered what God said, but they still didn’t believe what He said. God wanted to bless them, but if they didn’t allow Him to prepare, teach and train them for where He was taking them, what was supposed to be a blessing would become a curse.
Both the Israelites and Jesus faced temptation in the wilderness, but the difference between them was Jesus knew who He was (Son of God). When satan showed him all the kingdoms of the world and tempted him with power and glory, He already knew that the earth was His (Psalm 24:1). Also, He just didn’t know the written word, but He knew the God of the written word.
We know that the children of Israel walked a lot during their journey because the scriptures tell us that their feet never swelled and their shoes were never worn out, but not everyone crossed the Jordan and not everyone entered into the land that God promised. Jesus also walked a lot during his ministry and he walked until he walked to Golgotha. He walked to his crucifixion. He walked until he fulfilled the will of His Father.
I’m not telling you that Jesus never grew weary. According to John 4:6, he did. But like Jesus, I pray that we all walk in obedience, faith and belief in what God said until we walk into what God has promised us.
The word of the Lord is settled in heaven (Psalm 119:89). May we become settled in what is forever settled in heaven.