|Numbers 13 |
1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
2 "Send men so that they may search [scout and reconnoiter in preparation for a battle plan] the land of Canaan, which I give to the children of Israel. Send a man from every tribe of their fathers, and anyone sent must be a ruler among them."
3 And Moses by the commandment of the LORD sent them from the wilderness of Paran; all the men sent were heads of the children of Israel.
4 And these were their names: of the tribe of Reuben, Shammua the son of Zaccur.
5 Of the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat the son of Hori.
6 Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh.
7 Of the tribe of Issachar, Igal the son of Joseph.
8 Of the tribe of Ephraim, Oshea [called Joshua] the son of Nun.
9 Of the tribe of Benjamin, Palti the son of Raphu.
10 Of the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel the son of Sodi.
11 Of the tribe of Joseph, namely, of the tribe of Manasseh, Gaddi the son of Susi.
12 Of the tribe of Dan, Ammiel the son of Gemalli.
13 Of the tribe of Asher, Sethur the son of Michael.
14 Of the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi the son of Vophsi.
15 Of the tribe of Gad, Geuel the son of Machi.
16 These are the names of the men that Moses sent to spy out the land. And Moses called Oshea, the son of Nun, Joshua.
17 And Moses sent them to scout out the land of Canaan, and said to them, "Go up this way southward, and go up into the mountain.
18 And see the land, what it is, and the people who dwell in it, whether they are strong or weak, few or many;
19 And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it is good or bad; and what cities there are in which they dwell, whether in tents, or in fortressed cities with walls;
20 And what the land is, whether it is fat or lean, whether there are trees in it, or not. And be of good courage, and bring back some of the fruit of the land." (It was the time of the season for ripening of the first ripe.)
21 So they went up, and searched the land from the wilderness of Zin to Rehob, until they came to Hamath.
22 And they ascended by the south, [the Negeb] and came to Hebron; where Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the children of Anak [giants], were. (Hebron had been built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)
23 And they came to the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from there a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bore it between two of them upon a staff; they also brought some of the pomegranates and some of the figs.
24 The place was named the Valley of Eshcol because of the cluster of grapes that the children of Israel had cut down from there.
25 After forty days of scouting the land, they returned.
26 And they went to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel in the wilderness of Paran at Kadesh; and brought back word to them, and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land.
27 And they told Moses, "We went to the land where you sent us, and surely it flows with milk and honey; and this is its fruit.
28 But the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are walled and very large; in addition we saw the children of Anak [giants] there.
29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and by the coast of Jordan.
30 And Caleb silenced the people before Moses, and said, "Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it."
31 But the other men that went up with Caleb [except Joshua] said, "We are not able to go up against the people because they are stronger than we are."
32 And they brought up an evil report of the land that they had scouted to the children of Israel, saying, "The land, through which we have gone to scout, is a land that consumes its inhabitants; and all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature.
33 And there we saw the giants [Nephilim], the sons of Anak, who descend from the giants; and to our own sight we seemed like grasshoppers [in smallness] compared to them, and we appeared the same in their sight.1
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1 We are not able to go up against the people because they are stronger than we are. We saw the children of Anak [giants] there. So God had promised to fight for the Jews to conquer and destroy all the peoples in the promised land; but these Jews were afraid, and did not have faith in the promises of God. So they were not allowed to enter; God sentenced them to die in the desert. The Jews were to enter into a rest, after conquering their enemies — but, because of the parents disbelief in God's promises, only their children were allowed to enter the rest and the promise land. Deu 12:9-10. The Jews "believed in God," having seen his many miracles; but they didn't believe God enough to obey him.
This rest is like the Sabbath rest, a mere shadow of the Christian's rest, which Hebrews severely warns us against failing to enter: Therefore, since a promise of entering into his rest still stands, let us fear, lest any of you should come short of it. Heb 4:1. This rest is what Jesus promised: Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
We sit down in Christ to enter the rest, to enter the rest from fighting our enemies, like the children of the Jews entered the rest from fighting and purging their promise land of the surrounding heathen peoples; only our enemies are spiritual: lust, rage, pride, selfishness, envy, greed, covetousness, jealousy, lying, cheating, stealing, sexual immorality, profane language, and evil thoughts, etc. Salvation is to be delivered from sin and be protected from evil, (sanctified), from our enemies of sin.
So-called Christians today cannot believe it is possible for God to free and deliver a man from sin. They think the devil is too powerful; just like Revelation says: And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him? Rev 13:14. Since the so-called Christians don't believe it is possible, they don't try to enter the sin-free Kingdom of Heaven; they don't try to enter the narrow gate that few will find and many will try and be unable to enter. Mat 7:13-14, Luke 13:23-24. And so all in Christendom must go through the fire after death.
You who would be a true Christian, to be freed from sin, you must believe and hope in God's promise to set the captives free, to become free of sin; otherwise, you too will perish in the spiritual wilderness without ever entering the promise land — heaven. Don't be like the Jews, who believed in God, but who said they could not conquer the giants and refused to cross the Jordan to do battle, even with God fighting for them; don't say sin can't be conquered, even with God's promised help; don't say who can war with the beast? Because victory over sin, our enemies within our heart, is the promised salvation. It is not enough to believe in God, you must believe him enough to obey him completely, walking in the whole way he commands you by his voice.
That he would grant to us,
that being delivered out of the hand of our enemies we might serve him without fear,
in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. Luke 1:74-75
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