Then the Lord spoke to Moses saying, 2 “Send out for yourself men so that they may spy out the land of Canaan, which I am going to give to the sons of Israel; (13:1-2).
When Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, he said to them, “Go up there into the Negev; then go up into the hill country. 18 See what the land is like, (13:17-18).
While reading the LORD’s command to spy out the land, I found myself thinking about Abraham. “Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you;’ …4 So Abram went forth as the Lord had spoken to him;” (Genesis 12:1, 4).
The LORD said He Himself would show Abram the promised land; and as Abram followed and walked with the LORD, along their journey together, Abram saw every bit of His Promise. “I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” (Genesis 17:8).
But now, the LORD calls for leaders to spy out the Promised Land and to bring back the report, a report they were to make from all they would see with their own eyes.
Consider His Invitation to See His Promise
- The LORD could have given Moses the report, the condition of the land, the size and strength of the people, the fortification of the cities, the quantity of vegetation and crops. Instead, He called for leaders from each tribe to be sent out, to See His Promise for themselves.
- “…you shall send a man from each of their fathers’ tribes, every one a leader among them,” (13:2).
- His command to spy out the land was an Invitation to See His Promise, to see Him in the land; to see all His blessings He had waiting for them; to see His bountiful provision in the lush crops and fruitful vegetation.
- “We went in to the land where you sent us; and it certainly does flow with milk and honey, and this is its fruit,” (13:27).
- His command to spy out the land was an Invitation to See His Promise, as Caleb and Joshua saw; to see His power not the giants of the land; to see giants as grasshoppers before their great and mighty God; to see Him Who is excellent and praiseworthy; and to trust Him to provide the victory.
- Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it,” (13:30).
How do we respond to His Invitation to See?
Sadly, we know the majority chose to reject His Invitation to See His Promise, choosing rather to view His promise through the eyes of human logic.
Nevertheless, the people who live in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large; and moreover… 32 So they gave out to the sons of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone, in spying it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants; and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great size. 33 There also we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim); and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight,” (13:28,32-33).
There will be times when we feel as though His Promise is evasive. There will be times we feel He has sent us out alone. There will be times when we will have to take a stand against the majority. We must accept His Invitation to See His Promise by faith and strengthen our spiritual vision through the renewing power of His Word.
Let us accept His Invitation to See His Promise with eyes of faith, eyes fixed on Him:
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things, (Philippians 4:6-8).
Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God, (Colossians 3:1-2).
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart, (Hebrews 12:1-3).
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the men of old gained approval...6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him, (Hebrews 11:1,6).