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The Straw That Broke the Camel’s Back

February 04, 2024
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Analytics: Beyond the Numbers
Pastor David Rose discusses the sobering account in Numbers 14 when God's people refused to take the land of Canaan despite all God had done for them. Though forgiven, consequences remained for their lack of faith that day. Will we, like them, say "this far and no further?" Or will we trust the character of God when we can't understand what He's doing?


1. God is the priority.
2. Everyone serves obediently in humility and discipline.
3. Growth and worship are personal and corporate.
4. God gives courage in opportunities that test unity and maturity.


God has a limit to His patience.

  • Perspective fuels action. (14:1-19)
  • Sin has consequences even when forgiven. (14:20-45)

God provides hope for the faithful.

  • Gratitude is essential. (15:1-21)
  • Repentance is vital. (15:22-29)
  • Rebellion is avoidable. (15:30-36)
  • Remembrance is critical. (15:37-41)

Closing Thoughts

  • The journey will test your relationships and readiness.
  • God is most glorified in you when you are most satisfied in Him.
  • Next Week: Numbers 16-18

Further Study

In his sermon, David said, “Rebellion does not have to happen. In Christ, with His power, you can say ‘yes’ to whatever He puts before you.” What does it mean to rely on Christ in you (Romans 8:10)? How does this differ from external deterrents? Spend a minute reading Titus 3:3-8. What is the “trustworthy statement” Paul says tells Titus to “speak confidently, so that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds”? If you are a believer, is this your basis for good works? Are you trying to earn His favor? If you are not a believer, we would love to talk with you about your reasons. Call us at 337-480-1555 or reach out to schedule an appointment with one of our ministers.

Pastor David reminded us that forgiveness does not negate consequences. What comfort can we find when shame and weight of those consequences becomes unbearable? If we are in Christ, He has paid the debt. We need not fear that we will be exiled from Him forever. Though He disciplines, He does it as a father (Hebrews 12:4-5). But in living a life of repentance, we will learn from the Lord’s discipline and find joy even in the pain of sin’s consequences.

How should we respond to repentant believers enduring the consequences of past sin? (2 Corinthians 2:6–8, Galatians 6:1; Ephesians 4:32)

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