Your little ones and your children, who you say will be victims, who today have no knowledge of good and evil, they shall go in there; to them I will give it, and they shall possess it. (Deuteronomy 1:39)
Moses reminded them that, when Israel embraced the spies’ evil report, they accused God of bringing them into the wilderness to die and to allow their children to die with them. To the contrary, God determined that the children would not die but would, in spite of their parent’s unbelief, enter in and possess the land. Now, here is the irony of Moses’ statements above: the people he was speaking to were those children. And so, by virtue of the fact they were preparing to enter Canaan, they were the living evidence that God had kept His Word.
Again, he speaks to them as if they were the ones who had committed this sin when, in fact, they were the people of whom it had been said at the time, “have no knowledge of good and evil.” Obviously, as they grew older that changed — they did develop an understanding of good and evil — which is why they needed to be reminded not to follow in the unbelief of their ancestors, but to continue trusting God as a kind and loving Father. In short, to have a child-like faith in the Almighty.
Ideally, children look to their parents for everything — provision, protection and love. Likewise, regardless of our age, we are to look to our Heavenly Father in the same way and to trust Him just as a child trusts their mother and father. As Messiah said, we are to come to God as little children. In fact, He said that, “Unless you are converted and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven. Therefore whoever shall humble himself like this little child, this one is the greater in the kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 18:3-4). Humility and faith are the keys to pleasing God which is why those who exhibit child-like faith will inherit the Land (the Kingdom). And so, our concluding thought today is, in the end, what and how much you know will not matter nearly as much as knowing who you know and in whom you have believed.
Blessings and Shalom,