Numbers Chapter 13

Numbers 13

1And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

2Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them.

3And Moses by the commandment of the LORD sent them from the wilderness of Paran: all those men were heads of the children of Israel.

4And these were their names: of the tribe of Reuben, Shammua the son of Zaccur.

5Of the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat the son of Hori.

6Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh.

7Of the tribe of Issachar, Igal the son of Joseph.

8Of the tribe of Ephraim, Oshea the son of Nun.

9Of the tribe of Benjamin, Palti the son of Raphu.

10Of the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel the son of Sodi.

11Of the tribe of Joseph, namely, of the tribe of Manasseh, Gaddi the son of Susi.

12Of the tribe of Dan, Ammiel the son of Gemalli.

13Of the tribe of Asher, Sethur the son of Michael.

14Of the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi the son of Vophsi.

15Of the tribe of Gad, Geuel the son of Machi.

16These are the names of the men which Moses sent to spy out the land. And Moses called Oshea the son of Nun Jehoshua.

17And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get you up this way southward, and go up into the mountain:

18And see the land, what it is, and the people that dwelleth therein, whether they be strong or weak, few or many;

19And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it be good or bad; and what cities they be that they dwell in, whether in tents, or in strong holds;

20And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the firstripe grapes.

21So they went up, and searched the land from the wilderness of Zin unto Rehob, as men come to Hamath.

22And they ascended by the south, and came unto Hebron; where Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the children of Anak, were. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)

23And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs.

24The place was called the brook Eshcol, because of the cluster of grapes which the children of Israel cut down from thence.

25And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.

26And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land.

27And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.

28Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.

29The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.

30And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.

31But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.

32And 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.

33And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

26 thoughts on “Numbers Chapter 13

  1. Perspective on Challenges
    Nu 13:26-33

    In their report about the land of Canaan, most of the Isrealite spies emphasize the overwhelming size of its inhabitants. Though God has promised them they will inherit the land, they do not believe that its people can be conquered. Only Caleb and Joshua remain convinced that God can, and will, make Canaan their new home (Nu 14:6-8). Their statements minimze, rather than emphasize, the danger (Nu 13:30) .The Isrealites’ attitudes negatively impact their ability to move forward. When they see the “giants” in Canaan, fear grips them. They obsess about the size of the problem instead of focusing on the greatness of God’s power. All the while, the Canaanite inhabitants should in fact be afraid of the Isrealites and our God. Who therfore is the real “giant”? We are Giants!! It is only when we get our head out of kosmos, we can see with spiritually insight and move through challenges with the right mindset.

  2. The Lord had already given the Children of Israel this promised land. He commanded Moses to send men into to view what the promise looked like. Instead because of their prior grumbling and complaining attitude, the searched out more evil about the land than good. Had they never been in the “negative” state of mind, their thoughts would have been on the posiitive things they saw, and excited that they were just across the border from the land God promised them. Many times God gives us promises that in the future, and while on the journey we talk ourselves out of what the promise was meant to be because of the process while getting to the promise. Lord help me to change my attitude and actions and take those things that you have promised me and wait patiently in a positive attitude until my appointed time for fulfilment is come!

  3. Although the men Moses sent allowed there flesh to get in the way, there is something important we should take from this. PREPERATION. Although this land was promised to them they took the time to prepare. Granted the following 40 years was to much time, but when they did eventually go in, they were prepared

  4. How many times have we stoped the blessings of God from flowing just because we say its to hard? Moses told them to be of good courage. Well, as we see that only happened with one of the spies. All of the spies said , yes its good with food and materials, but we cant because the people are to big for us. They forgot two things. One ,there was only 12 of them and not the armies of Isreal. Two, The Living God was their God.

  5. 30And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.
    31But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.
    32And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel

    As Caleb said, “we are well able to overcome it.” No matter what comes at us we are more than over commers through Christ, and Caleb knew that if anyone could beat these giants, it was them, because they served the only true living God

    When the rest brought their evil reportsaying they couldn’t overcome, they failed to see that the giants were serving false gods, and that by cowering to them would shame the God who brought them out of Egypt, across the Red Sea, and had fed them as they had wondered the desert.

    As the church we must realize that we too have the option of what are we going to do, possess the land or cower to false gods. When we don’t focus on what God has done and is continueing to do, with an expectation that He wants to do more, we loose sight of who we serve. God wanted to give the Israelites this wonderful land full of milk and honey, but they lacked faith. We must not loose heart, God has given us this reigion for a purpose, and He is bigger than any that can come at us, this is where we must stand. We must remember that through Him we are more than overcommers…..

  6. v 30 NIV 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.
    (Eyes of faith)
    v31But the men who had gone up with him said,”We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.”
    (Eyes of man)
    Lord, help me to see through your eyes.

  7. There will always be challenges that temp us to stay in our familiar “wilderness” but let us be courageous and full of faith like Caleb and posses the promises of God with boldness.

    • correction***

      Caleb

      The name Caleb comes from the Hebrew origin. In Hebrew The meaning of the name Caleb is: From the Hebrew Ka, meaning “like, as” and Lev, meaning “heart,” making the meaning “like the heart.” Because the name in Hebrew is spelled with the same consonants as the word for “dog,” the name is commonly thought to mean dog. Famous bearer: Caleb was one of twelve Islaelite leaders sent by Moses to explore the Promised Land.

  8. v30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and posses it; for we are well able to over come it

    One man of vision had the faith and courage to speak out against the majority.
    GOD is able to do the impossible to anybody that can believe. Though you don’t understand it believe HIS WORD anyway
    Let our faith respond to HIS WORD.

  9. Moses asked the men as spies to come back with a detailed report so they could make their preparations to enter their promised land; however the men came back with the report and their opinions as well. Their opinions of the land and it’s inhabitants caused them to doubt. Perhaps Moses could have met privately with these men and debriefed them with the reminder that God was well able to give them these lands before their doubt infected the main population of the Hebrews. Like was stated before: they looked with the eyes of man and not with the eyes of faith.

  10. LEADERSHIP = RISKY DECISIONS

    SELECTIVE OBEDIENCE

    Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them. (Numbers 13:2 KJV)

    Following instructions given by the LORD or the Man of GOD are imperative to the success of any situation. We read here that the Leaders were supposed to search out the resources of the land. Not attempt to discern if they could possess something that God had already giving them.

    How huhmiliating it must have been for GOD to hear this evil report of how and why they could not possess what God had already given them. Makes me wonder how often we are guilty of this tragic occurrence; failing to fully obey God as a result of fear.

    They were commanded to search the land not the people. This Selective Obedience cost Moses. Comparing ourselves among ourselves is not wise. Moses should have continued to obey GOD rather than listen to the negative people. LEADERSHIP = Risky Decisions

    As stated by Sis Watts the seed of negative conversation in the 2 previous chapters have now cost them the positive assurance of possession of the promises of GOD.

    Moses brought them out of Egypt but was unable to take them in to the promised land of Canaan. Let’s GO!

    iBelieve

  11. vs.31,But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people;for they are stronger than we.

    Philippians 4:13 says, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

    I beleive i can do all things through Christ which strenghteneth me! Does anybody else believe that too?

  12. In this scripture; you can recognize the work of the Devil, trying to implant doubt, and poor self esteem/image, believing in a lie, instead of believing in God/Truth. Instead of standing in faith, and in his awesome power to accomplish what was ahead.

    32And 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.

    33And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

    They saw themselves smaller than the Enemy, instead of leaning on God and his greatness, or belieiving in their own standing in God, as his elect children.

    How many of us have done this ourselves, “Sell Short”….Especially when we are just right at the edge of a blessing, we tend to cave in….Good Lesson in Intimidation….Mark A.Ridenour.

    “iGive, iPray, iWork, iReep, ILove”…..”Be Church”……”Be Blesses”….

    If God is for me, who can be against me?

  13. Caleb stilled the people to rally the people to overcome but everybody else’s problem was that they saw themselves “in their own sight” as grasshoppers. If you always look at yourself though your sight you will always see insignificance and underachievement…. If you look at yourself through God’s eyes you’ll see potential, opportunity, ability, an blessings!

  14. Even the doubtful spies admitted the promised land was one flowing with milk and honey. When we stumble at the edge of our promise, it sometimes is not because it’s not what we were told, but rather it’s more than what we were told, and it’s that part we felt in the dark about that can catch us off guard. Yes it was a land flowing with milk and honey…and giants, according to the spies. It’s the “and giants” part that can give opportunity to fail in faith. They believed for the blessing, but most stumbled at the delivery. The unknown can be terrifying, especially when it happens when you don’t expect it. The journey is only part of the process; we must trust God at each stage, no matter how it looks.

  15. 31But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.

    They instantly thought that the were the ones to fail, but they forgot whose side they were on…..many of us do sometimes, but we must remember that we’re on GODS side and that’s the WINING side!!!!!!

  16. This chapter illustrates sight. The impossible is always clearer when we look at things the way God looks at them. We must pray, read the Word, fast and listen to the man of God so that we might see thinks the way God does. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  17. They searched the land for 40 days. All that is recorded in the description of the land was good. We also find out about the walled cities and men of giant stature. Anything worth having is going to have some sort of obstacle. In this cause the people, with the exception of Caleb, did not want to overcome their obstacle. Their choices are land of milk and honey or desert. I hope if I have that sort of choice that I choose to overcome the obstacle and not wait in the desert any longer than I have to be there.

  18. The Promise Land was just that…..land that had already been promised to God’s people. The spies saw obstacles, problems, and impossibilities rather than the long awaited promise that was right there before them for the taking! Don’t lose sight of what God has for you!

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