What Derailed The 10 Spies?

Moses sent out 12 spies to go into the promised land and bring back a report. 10 spies gave a bad report based on their interpretation of what they saw. Interpretation is our working word in this post.

How are you interpreting the impossibility in your life? When we look through our own perception, our interpretation will be based on what we believe. What did the 10 spies believe? Their words revealed their hearts. They believed that the giants in the land saw them. A true spy is undetected. Numbers 13 basically says that they saw the giants and the giants saw them. Then they put their perceived words into the mouths of the giants. 

First they spoke of the land that God had promised them. Numbers 13:32, “…a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature.” Verse 33 was their interpretation of what they saw. It says, “There we saw the giants…and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” Did the giants see them? No.

Here is the first point that we need to look at. They totally forgot God’s promises because they looked to themselves. Compared to those men of great stature they felt like small grasshoppers. 

When I was in grade school we were taught how to make shadows on the wall. They were far bigger than we were. Our impossibilities are like shadows. They loom over us. Our key in the face of any impossibility is to remember that nothing is impossible for God. We lean on Scripture. We bring it into our mind and keep it there. 

Joshua and Caleb were part of the spy party. Their interpretation was based on the truth of God’s promise to all of the children of Israel. Verse 29 was Caleb’s statement after the 10 spies gave a bad report that disquieted the people. It says, “Then 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.” However the people believed the bad report because its words encased them in fear.

Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” What was the fruit of the 10 spies words? Numbers 14:36-37 says, “Now the men…who returned and made all the congregation complain…these very men who brought the evil report about the land, died by the plague before the Lord.”

A few days ago I mentioned 1 Kings 8:38 and the plague of our heart. Our death words bring a plague to our health. Fear, worry, anxiety, anger, bitterness, and a critical spirit are the evidence of unbelief hidden in our heart.

John 14:1 says, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.” Our belief is to be founded in the finished work of Jesus on the cross. In and of ourselves we are nothing. I keep referring to John 15:5 but it is a foundational truth that grounds us when we face off our impossibilities.

It says, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” Nothing means not one thing. We cannot even breathe on our own. Daniel reminded king Belshazzar. Daniel 5:23 says, “…the God who holds your breath in His hand and owns all your ways, you have not glorified.”

How do we glorify the Lord? Facing off our impossibilities, with each and every word and expression of thanksgiving, praise, gratefulness, and rejoicing brings glory to the Lord. As we abide in Him through intimate communion, the byproduct is much fruit that glorifies Him.

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