The kids and I are currently reading through Numbers. We’ve already tackled the first three books of the Pentateuch and they are well-acquainted with the Israelites’ litany of complaints since their departure from Egypt. Shaking our heads in disgust at their absurd lack of faith is a knee-jerk reaction. However, if we are looking into God’s word like a mirror, we may see some glaring (and disturbing) similarities in ourselves!
In Numbers 13, Moses sent twelve spies into the land of Canaan. After forty days, they return. Ten of the spies gave an accurate report, but put a negative spin on the situation:
“We came to the land to which you sent us. It flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.
…the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large…” (v. 27-28)
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