WILDERNESS SURVIVAL

Some wilderness desert lifestyle experiences are to help equip to prepare for destiny. A wilderness life is not glamorous experience but stressful, full of frustrations and disappointments. Wilderness life seems like a time of strenuous punishment. without the luscious greenery and beautiful scenery as a blank canvass. As the pressure mounts, there are moments of oasis to build up strength for resistance to help overcome the difficult terrains. A wilderness adventure causes one to improvise to sustain impossible uncomfortable lifestyle. Although it is hard to make life easier for loved ones, God chose Moses to lead millions of people in the wilderness. This tested his patience and skills as a leader in the leader in such hostile landscape. Yet it helped to enhance his leadership qualities into the person he became. Moses’ character forming upbringing moments in endurance skills, hardships, survival as people grew weary.

Numbers 12:1-3, described  Moses as a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth. Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife,for he had married a Cushite. “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses?” they asked. “Hasn’t he also spoken through us?” And the Lord heard this. Pretty soon, the people complain Moses’ wife a non-Hebrew darker skin. Numbers 12:2-4, shows Aaron plus Miriam, the beloved sister attack Moses about Zipporah the Cushite Ethiopian woman. God said to Moses, Aaron and Miriam, Come out to the tent of meeting, The Lord came down in pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance to the tent so summoned Aaron and Miriam to step forward, 6 God said, “Listen to my words:“When there is a prophet among you, I, God reveal myself to them in visions, I speak to them in dreams.But my true servant Moses is faithful in all my house. With Moses I speak face to face, clearly not in riddles; Moses sees the form of God. Why were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” The anger of God burned against them and God left them. 10 When cloud lifted above tent Miriam’s skin was leprous as white as snow.

Aaron turned toward her and saw that she had a defiling skin disease, 11 and he said to Moses, “Please, my lord, I ask you not to hold sin against us foolishly committed. 12 Do not let her be like a stillborn child coming from mother’s womb with its flesh half eaten away.”13 So Moses cried out to the Lord, “Please, God heal her!” God answered Moses prayer and 14 The Lord replied to Moses, “If her father had spit in her face, would she not have been in disgrace for 7 days? Confine her outside the camp for 7 days after that she can be brought back.” 15 So Miriam was confined outside camp for 7 days, and the people did not move on till she was brought back. 16 After that, the people left Hazeroth and encamped in the Desert of Paran after God healed her. God remembered how she protected and saved Moses at the Nile river and her songs of praise as a prophetess thanking God. Despite tragedy of Miriam’s example warning people complained for lack of sophisticated luxury lifestyle enjoyed in living in luxurious Egypt.

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Not long after leaving Egypt people missed their lavish crumbs from Pharaoh’s rich table. Some people whose god is their belly and end destruction, complained about food in Exodus 16:3 and said, “If only we had died by the LORD’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve entire assembly to death. The people complained with greedy desires, wanting, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic of Egypt. In Numbers 11:1, they said they preferred Egyptian vegetables in bondage than eating manna in freedom in the desert. A species of cucumber peculiar to Egypt, smooth, of a longish cylindrical shape, and about a foot long. Prosper Alpinus says that it differs from the common sort by its size, colour and softness; leaves smaller, whiter, softer, and rounder; its fruit larger, greener, smoother, softer, sweeter, more easy of digestion. Hasselquist describes as little watery, firm like melon, sweet, cool to taste but not cold as watermelon.

God was angry with ungrateful insolent ingratitude to generous leaders who sacrificed for them so displeased God. God Heard unappreciation of Moses who gave up lavish, luxury lifestyle of palace to identify with those suffering in bondage in Egypt. Moses altogether spent 80 years in these wilderness of which 40 was as a shepherd and the other 40 as leader of the Hebrews with Aaron his brother helping him. In Numbers 14:1, that night all the members of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. 2So grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness!Why is God Lord bringing us to this land to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?” They said to each other, “We should choose a leader to go back to Egypt.All who grumbled against Moses, Aaron and whole assembly said, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness!

Due to people’s moaning, complaining, lack of submission, non- compliance, chaos, the 11 day journey from Egypt to the land of Canaan turned into 40 years in the wilderness desert, going round and round in circles. So felt ungrateful and impoverished for the short- term manna diet which could have detoxed and cleared body system. So refreshed and ready for the fresh produce of the land flowing with milk and honey. They could have settled more quickly after 11 days, planted own leeks, cucumber, water melon, garlic, onions, harvested fish from the sea to feed themselves. So it shows deep degradation and absolute necessity of the decree that debarred that generation from entering the promised land in Numbers 14:29-35. Their expression of anger and frustration irritated God for after toiling as slaves for 400 years waiting in timeline for 11 days was child play. Having adapted to superficial gluttony lifestyle of luxury, were impatient to receive instructions, inheritance, to continue Godly family business name to run God’s Enterprise. They knew the wilderness was a dry drought place of hardship, isolation, loneliness, lack, shortages and famine. The tundra was ruined by flood, ice age, tectonic plate, deserts which continue for centuries. So totally erased parts of green landscape of globe depriving it from green pasture vegetation so rivers turned dry into arid deserts. This contributed to movement of people and animals globally in ancient past times and even today to recreate new settlements inland for rich green vegetation.

It was unrealistic demand by the people asking for luxury in wilderness. Desert existence remains dry in very challenging circumstances even today. People forced to move further into fertile hinterland found rich soil, abundant natural resources including rich gold, onyx, bedellium among numerous  priceless precious treasures in thick dense untapped virgin forests. They were punished by their wishes being granted to die in that wilderness – In this wilderness your bodies will fall every one 20 years old or more counted in the census who grumbled against God. Those who do not trust God, continually vex themselves. The sorrow of the world worketh death. The Israelites murmured against Moses and Aaron, and in them reproached the Lord. They look back with causeless discontent. The negative complications in the desert were caused by aftermath of floods in Noah’s Days. Genesis 7:11 tells us that a unique geologic event took place at the same moment as the Flood began. “In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven opened.”
The catastrophic meteorites and asteroids cracked earth’s crust causing tectonic plate movements of earth. Most creation geologists believe the opening of “the fountains of the great deep” refers to the breakup of the earth’s crust into plates. The subsequent rapid, catastrophic movement of these plates released huge quantities of hot subterranean waters and molten rock into the ocean. As the hot water gushed through the fractured seafloor, the water flashed into superheated steam and shot high into the atmosphere as supersonic steam jets, carrying sea water eventually fell as rain. This catastrophe might God used to cause the earth’s crust miles thick to crack. Some suggest meteorite or asteroid impact of unprecedented size and scope. Evidence in nature discovered by geologists show gargantuan remnant craters and piles of debris, leftover from massive impacts. This flood of Noah’s time destroyed flora and fauna so damaged landscape capacity for people to grow crops or hunt locally anymore.It is God Who Owns Controls Environment but the duty and responsibility of all people to maintain it for posterity and future generation’s heritage. In Jeremiah 44:18, God says by not focusing exclusively on God’s Biblical principles, people stopped serving God to burn incense to the Queen of Heaven by pouring out drink offerings to her so perished by sword and famine.” Life has a tendency to mimic past history so it is important to consciously continually seek God’s face rather than blame others for challenges in life. God is Faithful So Knows How to Intervene on behalf of those who Trust in Him. God’s Answer may not be one preferred or expected. God sees all the racism superior imperial power self – exultation and demonisation of others that takes place on earth. So cares deeply for all His Children and will make a way where there seems to be no way. 
Ideally, it would be a perfect world if unions mind own business not to meddle, oppress, as busy body, with too many hands in all pies in the world politically and economically. Unfortunately, it is not so, hence numerous conflicts wanting dominance over others by not leaving them alone. So the world must re-evaluate its priority motives to allow equal opportunities for all God’s people all over the world. If each respects and honours each other’s values, as valid, relevant, the world will be a better place to live together in peace. It is impossible to expect the world to divide to fulfil man-made ideals. So must compromise to tolerate others, as God’s Creation with equal rights of all to earth’s resources globally so one for all and all for one. In Jesus name it can be done to the Glory of God for the earth is the Lord’s and fulness thereof. All the silver, gold and the cattle on 1000 hills belong to God. Mankind is a steward entrusted with God’s resources. So the world does not belong exclusively to any particular union.

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