Life of Moses Lesson 20 Day 2

Numbers 12:16-13:25

3.  a.  Commands in Numbers 13:1-2—

  • Send men to explore and scout out the land of Canaan.
  • Send a leader from each of the twelve tribes.

Promise — Canaan, the land I am giving to the Israelites.

b.  Reasons to explore Canaan—

  • God said to do it. Update: In the lecture, we heard “sending scouts was not God’s idea.” See Deuteronomy 1:22 Also, see the notes about this apparent contradiction.
  • Since they didn’t have a map, they needed to find the best route to take.
  • For military strategy.
  • To encourage and motivate the people and prepare them for the task ahead.

c.  Instructions—

  • Go north through the Negev in to the hill country.
  • See what the land is like.
  • Find out whether the people living there are strong or weak, few or many.
  • See what kind of land they live in. Is it good or bad?
  • Do their towns have walls, or are they unprotected like open camps?
  • Is the soil fertile or poor?
  • Are there many trees?
  • Do your best to bring back samples of the crops you see.

Giving the scouts details to report insured they brought back the most helpful information.

  • Some details are important for military strategy.
  • Reports of cities and vineyards would paint a picture in the minds of the Israelites.
  • The people were growing restless and frustrated after camping in the wilderness for two years.

d.  Things to think about—

  • Is this task or project God’s idea, my idea, or someone else’s idea?
  • If it’s God’s, go for it.
  • Embrace the vision.
  • Don’t be afraid or discouraged.

Options that didn’t work out so well—

  • Consider the recommendations of others.
  • If they seem good, rally help and go for it.

Better idea—

  • Ask God if it’s a good idea.
  • Ask God about each person on the list.

4.  a.  Numbers 12:21-23—

  • People lived there.
  • Giants lived in Hebron.
  • Fortified cities with strong defenses
  • The land God was giving them was fertile and good for farming.
  • One cluster of grapes was so large, it took two men to carry it.

b.  The scouts explored the land for forty days.

c.  Descendants of Anak—

  • Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, probably three tribes
  • Lived in Kiriath-Arba (Hebron) built seven years before Zoan, Egypt
  • The people were huge. Some were giants. Numbers 13:32-33 NLT
  • The descendants of Anak were strong and tall. Deuteronomy 9:2 NLT
  • As the saying went, “Who can stand up to the Anakites?”
  • The land of Hebron was given to Caleb. He proved the saying wrong. He drove out all three tribes.  Joshua 15:13-14 & Judges 1:20

Photo Credit “Tissot The Grapes of Canaan” by James Tissot –  Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons