Spies in the Promise Land

Last week we learned of God’s ten Commandments. After God have given them all the commandments and laws, He showed Moses how to construct a Tabernacle (A Place of worship) that would illustrate how they are to relate to God.  However, they continued to be obstinate and questioned God and disobeyed God’s Commandments.  After 18 months, the time came to enter the Promised Land.Today’s bible study comes from the book of Numbers. Numbers 13:1-14:41

God has instructed Moses to select some men to go explore the land of Canaan. Moses was told to select a leader from each ancestral tribe which totaled twelve. This land will be given to the Israelites. (Numbers 13:1-16)

Moses gave them instructions of where to travel. Off they travelled, reaching the areas indicated. They explored the area. Upon their return they had been exploring forty days. (Numbers 13:25)

Their report to Moses and Aaron stated they proclaimed that the land was made of milk and honey displaying some of the fruits that grew there. However, they said the people who lived there are powerful and the cities are fortified and very large. (Numbers 13:26-28)

However, others had a different report to give to the Israelites. They claimed that the land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them. (Numbers 13:32-33)

That evening the Israelites expressed their dissatisfaction with the land that God had promised them. Some wished they had died back in Egypt while others support the idea of choosing a leader and going back to Egypt. (Numbers 14:1-4)

Moses and Aaron attempted to calm down the Israelites by stating that the land they explored is exceedingly good. If God chose it, feels it is good, then we are to trust in God. (Numbers 14:5-9)

The Lord came to Moses and asked how long will these people disrespect me and say bad things about me? So, the Lord told Moses to tell them that they will not enter the Promised Land and will do to you as I have heard you say. This will last for forty years – one year for every day that you explored.(Numbers 14:26-35)

Questions to be answered:

  1. What did we learn about God in this story?
  2. What do we learn about man/ourselves in this story?
  3. What did you learn new in this story?
  4. What should I do differently because of this story?

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