Week 9  Day 2

The excitement must be high
They were
      almost at the Promised Land
      so close to their destination

Time to send out the scouts
      one man from each of the twelve tribes
      to determine the best route to take

The scouts checked out
      the people
            land
            cities
            trees
and brought back some fruit
 
When they returned, there was good news and bad news
The good news - it was a wonderful land
The bad news - the people were strong 
                            the cities were fortified

 
Caleb and Joshua were the only scouts with the faith to believe
      that God could deliver the land
      into their hands

The others were overcome by the facts
                                               by their fears

God was shouting in the background
       "Trust me."
But they did not hear.
 

                                 EXPLORING CANAAN
Those people are powerful, fortified and stronger than we.
                                          Numbers 13

    1The Lord spoke to Moses, 2"Send men to spy out the
land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel;
from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every
one a leader among them."
    17Then Moses sent them out and said, "Go up this way
into the South, and go up to the mountains, 18see what the
land is like:  whether the people who dwell in it are strong
or weak, few of many; 19whether the land is good or bad;
whether the cities are like camps or strongholds; 20whether
the land is rich or poor; and whether there are forests there
or not.  Be of good courage.  And bring some of the fruit of
the land."  Now the time was the season of the first ripe
grapes.
    21So they went up and spied out the land.  22They went
up through the South and came to Hebron.  23Then they
came to the Valley of Eshcol, and there cut down a branch
with one cluster of grapes; they carried it between two of
them on a pole.  They also brought some of the
pomegranates
and figs.  25And they returned after
forty days.

    26They came back to Moses and Aaron and all the children
of Israel in the Wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought
back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed
them the fruit of the land.  27Then they told him:  "We went
to the land where you sent us.  It truly flows with milk and
honey, and this is its fruit.  28Nevertheless the people in
the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large;
moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there.  29The
Amalekites dwell to the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites,
and the Amorites dwell in the mountains, and the
Canaanites
dwell by the sea and along the banks of the
Jordan."

    30Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said,
"Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well
able to overcome it." 
    31But the men who had gone up with him said, "We are
not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger
than we.''  32They gave a bad report of the land which they
had spied out, saying, "The land through which we have
gone is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the
people
in it are men of great stature.  33We were like
grasshoppers
in our own sight, and so we were in their
sight."

                          This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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