Posted by: John-Paul | April 3, 2017

Introduction to Joshua and Caleb: Journey to the Promised Land

I have, for several years, been working, off again-on again, on the novelization of how Moses led the people of Israel out of bondage in Egypt and sent Joshua and Caleb – among others – into Canaan to spy out the land. I have recorded how Yahweh led the people into the Wilderness of Shur, how they complained about the hard conditions, and how they rebelled when commanded to invade Canaan.

Throughout the novel, I wish to say things about having faith in God to obey beyond living a moral life, to not complain about hard or unwanted circumstances, and to pursue one’s purpose.

This is the most important wilderness journey of the Bible, referred to twice in later books. Centuries later, the psalmist makes an example of their complaining and fearful rebellion when he writes,

Today, if only you would hear his voice,

“Do not harden your hearts 

as you did at Meribah,

as you did that day

at Massah in the wilderness,

where your ancestors tested me;

they tried me, though they had seen what I did.

For forty years I was angry with that generation;

I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray,
    and they have not known my ways.’

So I declared on oath in my anger,

‘They shall never enter my rest.’”

(Psalm 95:7-11)

The writer of Hebrews, more centuries later, makes a big deal of this psalm to encourage his readers to enter the eternal rest of faith in Messiah. (Hebrews 3:7-19)

I wish to offer Joshua and Caleb: Journey to the Promised Land to my readers by way of this blog. The first few chapters are free while continued reading will require a small trade of value.

Readers’ comments about any aspect of the story are welcome. Comments that lead to major improvements will gain recognition for those who offer them.

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