Launching out is a mixed bag
“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Leave this place, you and the people you brought up out of Egypt, and go up to the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ 2 I will send an angel before you and drive out the Canaanites, Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 3 Go up to the land flowing with milk and honey. But I will not go with you, because you are a stiff-necked people and I might destroy you on the way.”
Okay, here is what I read.
1. Leave/launch out. After all that time in the wilderness, you finally get to launch out.
2. Inherit. That’s right, enjoy wealth you did not earn.
3. The Lord is sending an angel before you to wipe the slate clean. The Isrealites got air superiority in their invasions on a biblical scale.
4. Milk and honey! Wow! A stark contrast to the desert life. A metaphor for enjoying the good life. (Something they never had back in Egypt.)
5. Oh one more thing. The Lord is not coming. You have been too stubborn plus He might wipe you off the face of the planet on the way.
This whole “launch out” business is a mixed bag. Exodus 33 is a type and shadow of our coming Lord. It goes on to say the Isrealites were terrified. Benefits one through four were not enough to take the risk of number five. They needed an advocate or mediator between God and man.
Now, in comes Moses, who sets up a tent to communicate with the Lord. His one on one relationship became the catalyst for them entering the promised land.
The reality is none of us want to take these massive risks alone. We need Jesus to advocate for us. The world is to harsh. Without his help, it will wear us down, destroy our hearts, and burn us out.
But Jesus, He carries the words of life. Words from the Lord. And that makes all the difference.