Numbers 13: 10 were bad and 2 were good...

Numbers 13 is a pretty sweet chapter! I don't know if its still used, but when I was in elementary school we learned about this story through a song. I don't remember all the words, but I do remember the song talked about spies in Canaan and how "10 were bad and 2 were good."

Moses was told to pick 12 men, one from every tribe to go check out the promised land. This is that land that God had promised would be flowing with milk and honey, and what do you know, God was right! How often do we not trust what God has told us? We think, he said that this was going to happen, or be like that but we don't really believe.

The spies spent 40 days exploring all the land had to offer. They saw the different cities of those who lived there. They saw how fertile the land was and some of the first crops of grapes. The land was everything God had said it would be...but now we get to the song I learned growing up.

10 were bad, and 2 were good

When the spies came back and reported what they saw the stories they told didn't exactly match up. It was a case for CSI, or maybe more for Law & Order, but either way things didn't add up.

10 of the spies said yes, the land is fertile and flowing with milk and honey...BUT the people there are strong and well protected. Joshua and Caleb however didn't agree:

Numbers 13:30 "Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, "We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it."

The spies said, no...not so much. We are like grasshoppers to them, it wouldn't be good. How often do we let our surroundings define who we are? How often do we not trust that God is with us and loves us? Its easy to be in the 10, but difficult to be in the 2.

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