Duty of Encouragement
The Effect of an Evil
When the ten spies brought
back an evil report from the land of Canaan, what
did Caleb say?
Then Caleb silenced
the people before Moses and said, We
should go up and take possession of the land, for
we can certainly do it. Numbers 13:30.
What did the ten spies
But the men who had
gone up with him said, We cant
attack those people; they are stronger than we
are. Verse 31.
What effect did the evil
report have upon the people?
That night all the
people of the community raise their voices and
wept aloud. All the Israelites grumbled
against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly
said to them, If only we died in Egypt! Or
in this desert! Why is the Lord bringing us to
this land only to let us fall by the sword?
Our wives and children will be taken as plunder.
Wouldnt it be better for us to go back to
Egypt? And they said to each other,
We should choose a leader and go back to
Egypt. Numbers 14:1-4.
A New Leader is Encouraged
With what words did Moses
seek to encourage Joshua?
And Moses summoned
Joshua and said to him in the presence of Israel,
Be strong and courageous, for you
must go with this people into the land that the
Lord swore to their forefathers to give them, and
you must divide it among them as their
inheritance. The Lord himself goes before you and
will be with you; he will never leave you or
forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be
discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:7,8.
In his final charge to Joshua,
what did Moses, speaking for God, say to him?
The Lord gave this
command to Joshua son of Nun: Be strong
and courageous. For you will bring the
Israelites into the land I promised them with an
oath, and I myself will be with you. Verse
After Moses death, how
did the Lord encourage Joshua?
No one will be able to
stand up against you all the days of your life.
As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I
will never leave you nor forsake you. Be
strong and courageous, because you will lead
these people to inherit the land I swore to their
forefathers to give them Joshua 1:5,6.
Leaders Encouraged the People
When Sennacherib, king of
Assyria, came against Jerusalem, what did King
Hezekiah say to Israel?
Be strong and
courageous. Do not be afraid or
discouraged because of the king of Assyria
and the vast army with him, for there is a
greater power with us than with him. With him is
only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord
our God to help us fight our battles. And
the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah
the king of Judah said.
2 Chronicles 32:7,8.
What effect did these words
have upon the people?
And the people gained
confidence from what Hezekiah the king of
Judah said. Verse 8.
How did Josiah seek to promote
the worship of God?
He appointed the
priests to their duties and encouraged them in
the service of the Lords temple.
2 Chronicles 35:2.
Heaven Encourages All
By what message, through
the prophet Haggai, did God seek to encourage the
people to rebuild the Temple?
But now be strong,
O Zerrubbabel, declares the Lord.
Be strong, O Joshua son of Jehozadak, the
high priest. Be strong, all you people of the
land, declares the Lord, and work.
For I am with you, declared the Lord
Almighty. Haggai 2:4.
What encouraging message has
Christ left us?
I have told you
these things, so that in me you may have peace.
In this world you will have trouble. But
take heart! I have overcome the world.
Note A discouraged
man, like a dispirited horse, is powerless to
perform his task. We should always try to
encourage someone with an inspiring word. We know
not how much it is needed or how great and
far-reaching its consequences may be.
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