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TEXT : “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” - Romans 15:4.

COMMENT: In spite of what God did for them, the Jews could not sustain their trust in Him when they were faced with further dangers or difficulties. At a stage, they even wanted to return to Egypt. It was because of their faithlessness that they spent 40 years on the journey instead of 40 days. Even at that, it was only Joshua and Caleb and those who were 20 years and below as well as children born in the wilderness that reached the promised land. - Exodus 16:1-4; Number 14:1-39.

To drive home the importance of trusting in Jehovah's providence, He used His servant Moses to remind them of how he cared for them during the years in the wilderness.-  Deuteronomy 8:2-4.

When Israel became a settled nation, God Almighty showed His power in delivering them from danger several times. These include when they were besieged by the people of Moab, Ammon, among others. In response to the prayers of King Jehoshaphat and other faithful Jews God delivered them.  The Jews only came to gather the spoil. (2 Chronicles 20:12, 15-17, 21-34) During the time of King Hezekiah, Sennacherib king of Assyria besieged Jerusalem, but God fought for them and delivered them. - Isaiah 37:33-37.

God also delivered Paul and Silas who had been imprisoned on false charges resulting in the conversion of the Jailor and his family. (Acts 16:16-34)  These instances were written to teach us that God Almighty is willing and able to save us from any situation as long as we show faith in Him. - Indeed “ The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.” - Nahum 1:7.

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