Numbers 13:32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.
On the surface it might look like God was upset at the report that 10 of the 12 spies brought back from the promised land. The food they brought back was absolutely wonderful. The fact that 12 Hebrew guys wandered all over the land known as Canaan without being spotted and killed should have been somewhat encouraging. However, they saw the people known as the children of Anak. These were some pretty big people. It’s believed that Goliath whom David kills later may have been a descendant of this family. Even though all the people in the land were not giants, it seems to have clouded their judgement and memory because they say in today’s verse; “all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.” So is this faulty report what has God so upset? There’s more to it than that.
When we get into chapter 14 we see a clearer picture of God’s frustration. This faulty Report caused the entire congregation to murmur and complain all night. Even with Caleb and Joshua trying to give them a brighter outlook of God’s power and love, they would not hear it. When we get to Numbers 14:22 we find the real problem. “Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice;” It was a heart problem. They didn’t truly trust God and His love.
God said, they’ve seen my glory, and miracles and have not hearkened to my voice. Jesus was the express image of God’s glory on earth. As for miracles, Christ’s death, burial, resurrection, and ascending back to heaven are pretty big.
What faulty report are the lost buying into today?
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