God tells Moses to send in a leader of each tribe to spy out the Promised Land. The point was never to decide if they should go in and take the land or not. It had been promised. It was always going to be their land.
The report should have been about the land flowing with milk and honey, about the abundance of gorgeous fruit, or even about the fortified cities and giants in the land and how God will do a great deliverance to bring them in.
When our family was down to literally no money, no food, with bills due, it was a time of excitement. We knew God was going to have to do something great! And He did.
When things all seem wrong, it’s not the time to tuck your tail and run the other direction. If you are where God sent you, take your stand and watch Him work.
We need to walk by faith and not by sight all the time, so that when we are in those situations, we can see the truth, not the physical reality.
That was the problem for most of the spies. They interpreted their surroundings according to how things seemed to them. They weren’t looking through the lens of faith.
They say, “We seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.” They talked of how it seemed to them. And they decided how others saw them.
They shouldn’t have been making assumptions. They should have known the truth: God promised this to us. It is ours. He will bring us into the land.
Caleb is the only one recorded as having spoken up, saying that the land is good and they should go in. He was from the tribe of Judah. The tribe of Jesus. The tribe who will inherit the land where Jerusalem will stand.
Joshua, of the tribe of Benjamin, will be the only other spy who survives to enter into the land. That’s the tribe of Paul, and the only other tribe that will unite with Judah when the kingdom divides.