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Numbers 11:23 And the Lord said unto Moses, Is the Lord's hand waxed short? Thou shalt see not whether My word shall come to pass unto thee or not.

The setting for this passage is in the "wilderness", as Israel was being led by Moses out of Egypt into the land of Canaan. The Israelites were regretting leaving Egypt. Even though they were under bondage in Egypt, they contended that they still had food enough to feed themselves. God had heard their complaint and promised to sustain them with plenty of food. In verse 21 of this chapter, Moses said, The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand footmen; and Thou hast said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month. Moses, as well as all Israel, doubted that God would fulfill this promise.

God's reply was, Is the Lord's hand waxed short? God was saying "Do you think My hands are to short to do the things that I say I'm going to do?" The lesson here is that we should never doubt that God will do what He says He will do!

The wise Solomon says, in I Kings 8:56, Blessed be the Lord, that hath given rest unto His people Israel, according to all that He promised: there hath not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised by the hand of Moses His servant.

The sixth chapter of Hebrews refers to God's promise to Abraham. In a few words, the promise was that God would bless Abraham and multiply his seed (his family), to be as innumerable as the stars of heaven and the sand of the seashore. He promised Abraham that through his Seed (Christ Jesus), all the nations of the earth would be blessed. As we know, this promise was fulfilled. Verse 17 of this chapter indicates that when God makes a promise, it will be done, for it is impossible for God to lie.

The Old Testament records God's promise to the seed of Abraham, which was also confirmed to Isaac and Jacob. Indeed, God's promise was fulfilled. All nations have been blessed through the Seed of Abraham. It was through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacobthat the Messiah,theSon of God, Christ Jesus,was to cometo earth. His promise to the world was fulfilled. Thorough His Son, Jesus Christ, all people of all nations have available to them the hope of eternal life in heaven. 2 Peter 1:3-4 says, According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Paul, as recorded in Titus 1:2, refers to eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, (was) promised before the world began. A promise of eternal life, an unending life after our life here on earth, may be hard for us to comprehend. Remember, it was hard for Israel to comprehend that God could feed 600,000 Israelites with food sufficient for a month. However, God did it! God's promise to us of eternal life is just as sure. Our God, that cannot lie, will carry out His promise on Judgement Day!

In 2 Peter 3:10, God promised a day that will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Just as the faithful Christians are promised eternal life with God, the unfaithful are promised eternal punishment and banishment from the presence of God.

The Lord is not slack concerning His promises (II Peter 3:9). God's hands are not waxed too short!