The Threat to Return

And wherefore hath the Lord brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt? Numbers 14:3 KJV

On July 29th, 2014, Tom Stafford reported on why bad news dominate the headlines in the BBC. His conclusions were that maybe we are drawn to depressing stories without realising it. There were for us two versions of the spies. One was spiritual and in alignment with faith. The other was carnal and in alignment with the flesh. What made the people choose the bad news instead of the one with faith? Stafford asks the same question in his research, ” Why does the media concentrate on the bad things in life, rather than the good? And what might this depressing slant say about us, the audience? ”. The negativity bias is drawn from a theory of schadenfreude, where people have learnt to react faster to evil news. Stafford submits, ” As you’d expect from this theory, there’s some evidence that people respond quicker to negative words ”. Would this have been what the devil used to manipulate the crowd? Today, we have the good news of Jesus Christ and the bad news of the devil. Which one appeals to you? Would you imagine the people wanting to return to Egypt? It might have appealed to their emotions, but it crossed the line with God again. Did you notice the reactions of Moses, Aaron ,Caleb and Joshua? Did you notice Gods reactions? Today make a choice for good news of Gods salvation. It is why Jesus came.

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