Price of Disagreement

Miriam’s Rebellion
The importance of agreement in underscored in how God deals with disagreement and discord.
In the Old Testament God certainly expresses displeasure for those who encourage disagreement
with His plans and principles.

In
Numbers 12: 1-16 Miriam, Moses’ sister, is being the contentious sibling. Basically, she is saying, “Hey, Bro, we hear God, too. What makes you the top dog around here?”

Had this dissention, disagreement been allowed to spread through the Israelite camp, it is doubtful they could have survived the wilderness….much less move on in to the land of milk and honey: Canaan. High price to pay for such dissention!

God nips it in the bud, stops it at the front gate! Miriam is stricken white with leprosy.

Moses intercedes in prayer for her. Miriam is healed…but God has made His point: disagreement can be killer stuff….especially when disagreeing with God.

God made it clear to everyone that He spoke face to face with Moses. He spoke to Moses in a way that He spoke to no one else.

(“Miriam, he’s not on the same par with you.”) End of discussion!



The Ten Spies’ Bad Report
After such a clear message as Miriam’s leprosy, you would expect every Israelite to have lined up squarely with God’s plan. But, in the very next chapter of Numbers we can see that God’s lesson on agreement didn’t take.

At the Lord’s direction, twelve spies, leader from the twelve tribes, are sent into Canaan to do reconnaissance prior to taking the land.

After a forty-day journey of canvassing this land of milk and honey, ten of the spies report that the land is impossible to take. “There are giants in the land!”


Agree with God!
Caleb and Joshua are the only two who Caleb addresses the disquieted congregation with “Let us go up at once and take possession, go we are well able to overcome it.” (Num 13:30) He is saying we have the capacity to prevail, to succeed.

Joshua adds,
Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.” (Num 14:9)

Caleb and Joshua are in agreement with the Lord and His plan. They are speaking words of agreement regarding what God would do. He would cause them to succeed in taking the Promised Land.
And remember the words that Jesus spoke about agreement:
If two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them. (Matt. 18:19-20
Caleb and Joshua are on the money!


Price of Not Agreeing
Unfortunately, the rest of the encampment of Israel came into agreement with the other ten spies. “This assignment was too difficult to undertake.”

By agreeing with the bad report…..by disagreeing with God’s report…the Israelites of that generation now live consistent with that report. Too big a job…don’t go. Instead they wander in the desert for forty years until all of that generation dies….
except for Joshua and Caleb: the two believing spies.


Power of Agreement Will Prevail
These two men were blessed to lead the next generation into the land of milk and honey. God’s plan and God’s power, which Joshua and Caleb proclaimed – prevailed. It took forty years, but the power of agreement and the force of faith triumphed.

This is our opportunity and privilege:
To walk in agreement with the Lord and His Word, which makes our path steady and certain.
To leave a wholesome, prosperous path for the next generation to follow.

So be encouraged because we do hear God in scripture as we pray and we know His voice.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give them eternal life; and they shall never perish. (Jn 10:27-28)

Even when disagreement enters through a side door, the power of agreement with God will always prevail!