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Unbelief in Christian People.

Unbelief in Christian People.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
D. W. C. Huntington, D. D., LL. D.

''Take heed, brethren, lest there he in any of you an
evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the liv-
ing God.'' — Heb. iii, 12.
D. W. C. Huntington, D. D., LL. D.

''Take heed, brethren, lest there he in any of you an
evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the liv-
ing God.'' — Heb. iii, 12.

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UNBELIEF IN CHRISTIAN PEOPLE. D. W. C. Huntington, D. D., LL. D.''Take heed, brethren, lest there he in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the liv-ing God.'' — Heb. iii, 12. The chapter in which this text stands makes reference to an important event recorded in Old Testament history/ In their journey from Egypt to Canaan, the Hebrews had reached a point near the southern border of the Promised Land. Here they sent forward twelve men with orders to make observations concerning the country and the peo-ple, and report the result to headquarters. At the expiration of forty days these scouts returned, bring-ing with them specimens of the fruits of the land. At first all agreed that the country was charm-ing and bountiful in its products. But ten of the number presented a most discouraging picture of the difficulties in the way of possessing it. They 1 Num. xii, 14.
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149 150 Is THE Lord Among Us? had seen walled cities, and the sight was new to them. They had caught sight of military fortifi-cations and disciplined soldiers. These soldiers ap-peared to them to be remarkably large and strong, and they realized that the enginery necessar}^ for the reduction of such strong defenses was not in the Hebrew camp. The congregation had been waiting for more than a month in a state of excited expectation, and when they heard these unfavorable tidings, brought in by ten of the spies, they swung to the opposite extreme of utter discouragement. Two faithful men of the number attempted to still the despairing cries of the multitude, but wxre unable to stay the tide of dis-heartened feeling. The fitful crowd w^ere first for stoning their leaders and returning to Egypt, and then for attacking their enemies contrary to orders,
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and without prospect of success. The true inwardness of this story is opened up by the writer of this Epistle to the Hebrews. It was not the city walls, formidable as they must have been to men armed only wath swords and bows ; it was not the number or the giant stature of the Canaan-itish soldiers which stood in the way of their con-quest of the land; it was the fact that they did not believe that God would do as He had said He would. Unbeuef in Christian Pe:opIve:. 151 By their unbelief they had separated themselves from the leadership of God. They could not con-quer their enemies without Him. It was their un-belief which caused their failure, and doomed them to a long and wasting pilgrimage in the desert. Moses saw this fact, and, in his farewell address, ex-plained to them that their prolonged wilderness  journey was brought upon them because they "did not believe the Lord their God."' The writer of
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