No Second Chance?

Second chance here is defined as a chance to redeem mistake to undo the penalty.

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“Not one of you will enter the land I swore with uplifted hand to make your home, except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun.” (Deut 14:30)

Deuteronomy 14 tells us a sad story for the Israelites. At that time, they had been traveling in desert for one year since their exodus from Egypt. They sent 12 spies to Promised Land. The spies spied the land for 40 days. At the end of 40 days, 10 spies told the nation: “We can’t conquer the Promised Land.” Joshua and Caleb, on the other hand, told them: “Yes, we can.”

The entire nation raged against Moses, Aaron, Caleb and Joshua. God told Moses He would punish the nation, yet Moses interceded for them. God then relented from His first decision. However, He still punished the entire nation: they would be wandering in the desert for another 40 years. Upon hearing God’s punishment, Israelites repented then tried to conquer Canaan by force. Yet, God allowed them to be defeated bitterly. Their repentance did not undo God’s punishment.

Sometimes, there is no second chance in life.
Sometimes, the word of apology is meaningless as it is too late.
Sometimes, repentance can’t undo the punishment.

So, do stay vigilant. Don’t let your guard down. Keep obeying the Lord.

Posted February 16, 2011 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Uncategorized

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