The twelve spies all went and observed the same things, yet only two of them returned with positive reports.
The name of the twelve spies were:
These are the names of the twelve spies who searched the land of Canaan in obedience to the instructions of the LORD.
Scripture reading: Numbers 13:1 - 15:41
Moses gave the twelve spies specific instructions to carry out. He told them to go into all the land and see what kind of a country it is. Is the soil rich or poor? Are the towns they live in open or fortified? Are the people who dwell in it strong or weak? Is it a good or a bad country? (Numbers13:17-20)
We have here the twelve spies who were given forty days to complete the mission. They were expected after the forty days were completed to give a report on what they saw in this land that the LORD promised them.
The twelve spies all went and observed the same things, yet only two of them returned with positive reports. The other ten were all negative and full of fear and doubts.
The ten spies started their reported on a positive note about the overflowing of the land with milk and honey. They then changed their arguments to negative declarations. Their description of the land was that it was a dreadful place and the people who possessed it were very powerful people.
We should never allow fear and doubt to make us doubt the LORD. The ten spies sinned against God by not trusting God's vision and not having faith in the Almighty.
They sinned further by causing the entire community to murmur against Moses and spread rumours about the land.
And the Lord said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them?
This is a take takeaway: Ten of the twelve spies fail to contribute to their community due to their negative attitudes, unbelief and narrow perspective. They lack the courage to step out by faith, and confront the enemy.
These ten spies saw defeat and potential failure. However, Joshua and Caleb saw possibility and potential success. They were fearless and had the courage to step out by faith and trust God for the victory.
And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land.
If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.
Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not.
Joshua and Caleb refused to see themselves as "grasshoppers." They did not fear because they knew the LORD would be their help, just like He was when He delivered them out of Pharaoh's hand.
The ten who saw themselves as grasshoppers up against giants, were literally setting themselves up for failure. If we want to make it in the promised land, we cannot be afraid of the giants.
We cannot allow our enemies to make us minimize our trust and faith in our God. We know what the LORD has deliver us from, and if He had done it before, He will do it again.
Let us stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.
God bless you.
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