Israel is on the border of the promise land, and they are told by God to spy out the land to see what it contains. After everything they have gone through, from Egypt till now, they are for the first time going to see what this land “flowing with milk and honey” looks like. The spies return and tell all the people that the land truly does flow with milk and honey, but the cities are huge, and the people who live there are giants…and that they are mere grasshoppers in their sight.
Two spies did not agree. Caleb and Joshua both said that the people should not rebel against the Lord because the He will give the land to them and give the giants (who were the ancestors of Goliath) into their hand. Upon hearing this, the people were so angered that they tried to stone Caleb and Joshua. The anger of God was kindled on the people, and if not for Moses intercession the people would have died then and there.
Because punishment always follows sin, God gave the verdict concerning them in Numbers 14:34, “According to the number of days which you spied out the land, forty days, for every day you shall bear your guilt a year, even forty years, and you will know My opposition.” Israel, God’s very people will now know, or become very personal and intimate with, God’s anger and opposition.
Two massive truths come from this phrase: “You will know My opposition.”
a) Those in Christ, will never hear this from God ever.
because of the glorious truth that…
b) Jesus heard this from His Father, on the cross, in our behalf.
The Father was pleased to bruise the Son (Isa. 53:10). Praise God that we who are in Christ, will never, ever, hear the words, “You will know My opposition” from God, because “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, by becoming a curse for us.” (Gal. 3:13) and God “made Him who knew no sin, become sin, on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor. 5:21)
Cherish that you (if you’re in Christ) will never hear,”You shall know My opposition” because of Jesus.