As we moved into the second act of The Story we looked at Israel’s rebellion in the wilderness as they heard the report from the spies about the land of Canaan in Numbers 13 and 14. Maybe they could have been excused for being fearful and anxious about the upcoming battle, but their major sin was wanting to go back to Egypt. It was on this point that God’s anger burned.
The Israelites weren’t comfortable in Egypt, they were enslaved! When they cried out, God came down and rescued them with a mighty hand. This was going to be the new way that He related to the Israelites, even making it foremost in the 10 commandments.
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt”
The Hebrews weren’t longing for better days under their Egyptian masters, they were rejecting God. How could they want to exchange God’s rule for the rule of those who held them in slavery? In the New Testament, Hebrews 3:12-13 picks up on this idea. We are warned to not be like that group of people. The root cause of the rebellion is an unfaithful heart, but the cure for it, in verse 13, is a constant encouragement.
“Encourage each other every day while it is ‘today.’”
Now, who better to encourage the faith of a growing child than their parents? It isn’t the minister, or the friends in the youth group who see them everyday. Parents can have the greatest positive influence on their children’s faith because they are the ones who can give daily encouragement, through word or deed. Let the story you tell to your kids everyday be one that encourages them to follow Jesus with everything they are!