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Scripture: Num 13-14

 

Sometimes we are put through situations where we need to be vulnerable. At other times, we may face pain of different kinds: emotional, physical, etc. We must understand that it is God who allows these painful moments to occur to us. In these divine moments, we must learn to seize it. How we respond in these divine moments matter.

As true believers, we must respond to challenges with faith, and not fear.

 

1. Unfavourable Report

26 They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. 27 They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey!Here is its fruit. 28 But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.” 30 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.” 31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” 32 And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. 33 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.” (Num 13:26-33)

a. Endorsed the Giants in the Land
  • The land giant in prosperity (Num 13:23)
  • The people giant in size (Num 13:33)
b. Endorsed the Smallness of their Faith
  • The land devours the weak (v.32)
  • The people devour the small (v.33)

 

2. The Favourable Report

a. Silenced the Negative (v.30)
b. Declared the Positive

7b“The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.” (Num 14:7b-9)

  • Remember His Promise (v.8)
  • Remember His Presence (v.9)

Jabez began life as an underdog, and was named in remembrance of great pain. Yet he responded desiring more of life and more of God.

Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez,[c] saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” 10 Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request. (1 Chr 4:9-10)

 

3. God’s Appraisal of the Reports

A. The Unfavourable Report
  • Their lack of faith completely shaped the history of Israel
  • They spent the next forty years wandering in the desert
B. The Favourable Report
  • Joshua was tasked to lead the next generation to the promised land
  • Caleb received a special promise from God (Num 14:24)

But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it. (Num 14:24)

 

Challenge

What is your response? May we respond favourably towards God as with Job:

Though he slay me, I will hope in Him (Job 13:15)

 

 

By: Rev. Wilson Phang

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