Exodus 33:20… “Behold, I send an Angel before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared” (NKJV).
During the wilderness journey, a little-known transaction took place between Moses and Hobab, Moses’ brother-in-law. Moses said to him in Numbers 10:29-31, “We are journeying unto the place of which the LORD said, I will give it you: come thou with us, and we will do thee good” (KJV). Hobab refused, but Moses persisted. “So Moses said, ‘Please do not leave, inasmuch as you know how we are to camp in the wilderness, and you can be our eyes’” (NKJV). Can you imagine that? Moses wanted an unbeliever to be their guide, even after God said that He would send an angel. God also provided the cloud and the pillar of fire (Numbers 9:15-23). Why did they need the eyes of Hobab? Why do we?
Jesus sent the Comforter (John 14:26, 16:13-15). Why do we need Hobab and his eyes to lead us when Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to be our guide? Hobab had no place in God’s plans for the church. Hobab is an intruder. His eyes are not sharp enough to see God’s purposes for his people. Hobab always seems near at hand when a decision must be made, and he gets the job of leading. “Come be our eyes”…
Who is Hobab? His name means “cherished.” He is anything introduced into the church or into the believer which does not have biblical authority for its existence there. At first Hobab’s methods may seem to be something to be cherished. Things are going well… perhaps his method becomes a fad and other churches copy his method. “Surely,” they think, “anyone as popular as Hobab can’t be wrong,” no matter how far from the Word of God he may be. People, his methods will deceive your mind. Be careful… Hobab is not so much an individual, as he is whatever causes you to lean less upon God the Holy Spirit and more on him. Accept God’s leadership–refuse Hobab.
Pastor George Belobaba
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