By: Ely Lagajino
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29 (ESV)
In preparation for their entrance to the land of Canaan, the Israelites received the Ten Commandments.
After the orientation and organization, they left Sinai and traveled for eleven days until they reach Kadesh near the border of the Promised Land. The people suggested sending spies to survey the area, examine the nature of the soil, bring product samples, and observe the people occupying the land. Each tribe selected one of their best men as a spy representative. Moses presented the plan to the Lord, and permission was granted.
After forty days, the 12 spies returned safely. People of every tribe gathered together to hear the intelligence reports. All the spies related good news about soil fertility. As evidence, they brought bunches of grapes that two people could hardly carry. There was an abundance of water supply. People happily received the fantastic news and got excited to take over the land.
Suddenly, the faces of the spies turned weary as they related part two of their reports. “It’s impossible to conquer the land,” most of them started. “The people are larger and more robust, man-eating giants are visible.” High walls surround their cities. They exaggerated their reports by telling half-truths.
Everybody felt discouraged, and became hopeless. They instantly forgot the mighty power of God that delivered them from their oppressors. Caleb and Joshua, however, defended the word of God, telling the people that the giants are chicken against God’s power. Let’s go and fight in the name of the Lord. But the ten spies opposed every solution to gain the Promised Land.
Again, they cursed Moses, Aaron, and God to bring them out of Egypt only to die in the desert. But Caleb and Joshua remained steadfast and optimistic about avoiding any attempt of rebellion. “God is ready to give the land to us. Just trust and obey Him.”
Numbers 13 and 14
PP p. 419-420