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Hinderers Cannot Produce The Fruit Of Good Works

Hinderers Cannot Produce The Fruit Of Good Works

Exodus 13 begins with twelve Spies on a venture to carry out God’s commands and instructions to Moses, to choose scouts from each of the twelve tribes to spy on the land of Canaan. In Numbers 13:17–20 Moses clarifies that they are to go into the desert and hill country and find answers to the following:

  1. Is the land of Promise good or bad, rich or poor?
  2. Are the people living in it strong or weak, few or many?
  3. Are the towns that the people live in well fenced and fortified?
  4. What is the land forestry like?

Moses concluded the list with the encouragement to them to “be bold and bring some of the fruit of the land” (see 13:20). So, the spies did as they were told. They returned with fruits, specifically pomegranates and figs, but they also brought back a single cluster of grapes that was so large it required two men to carry it on a pole between them (see 13:23).   Indeed, “the season of the first ripe grapes” (see 13:20) is a good one in this fertile land.

After 40 days the spies returned; and showed everyone the massive bunch of grapes, and reported that the land was one that “flows with milk and honey” (see 13:27). They also answered Moses’ second and third questions: that the people in the land were strong and lived in large fortified towns. But as they gave more detailed description of the obstacles, it became clear that the spies favored abandoning the idea of conquering the people in this land.   However, only ten of those spies were hinderers; two of them that is, Caleb and Joshua stood on the side of progress.   Those two gentlemen failed to see the strength of the Canaanites, their cities and the giant citizens.   They saw the mightiness of their God and their willingness to be obedient for progress for God’s people.

The destructive tool that is called unbelief has caused many not to get beyond difficulties of their impregnable cities and the impossible giants.   All their time was spent being preoccupied with the negatives.   God’s commands call for the exercise of faith which sees possibilities instead of fear that maximizes the dangers and difficulties of all circumstances and to keep God in focus with His unbeatable presence and power.

When Jesus was in Capernaum, four men knew something was needed from Him and they endeavoured to get it.   They had a male friend who was paralyzed and they took him to the house where Jesus was.   On arrival, the huge crowd had those with concerns like theirs, there were also helpers and those who were just onlookers or hinderers who made it impossible for them to get their friend for Jesus’ attendance.    This situation represents many congregations in Christ’s church.

To be not a hinderer, one needs to be on the working team to feed the hungry, visit the prisons, volunteer to babysit some single mom’s child so she can attend some educational programme, teach a Sunday Class in the church or in the village, tutor some children with their school work and the list goes on.   The rich man in Luke’s account of the Gospel who did not share a meal with Lazarus realized too late that that part of his mission from God.   He waited until it was impossible for him to assist anyone because he had already passed.   The point Abraham made to him is still the point of lesson for us all.   We are not to be hinderers but helpers for the good of others (see Luke 16:19-end).



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