5. The word “but” is the take-away that changed the scouts’ entire report.
6. a. Caleb alone displayed bravery, valor, and faith in God through boldly contradicting the bad reports.
Caleb believed they could take the land God promised them.
Caleb was willing to stand alone. That was a lonely and dangerous place except that he was on God’s side.
He didn’t spend all night crying and wishing he died in Egypt.
Caleb was a God-pleaser not a people-pleaser.
His eye was on the prize. Philippians 3:14
If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31
The next day, the people talked about stoning both Caleb and Joshua. Numbers 14:10
b. Joshua and Caleb were the only two on the right side.
The other ten scouts wrecked the entire camp, terrifying everyone with their tales of giants.
c. Several family members and others I know are so fearful about the economy, certain governmental policies, etc.
Although I’ve been negatively affected as well, I’m generally at peace. God is my provider. I confess, it isn’t always easy. I’m tempted and give in to frustration at times.
My parent’s example during difficult times in their ministry, taught me to trust God. We never went hungry and always had a place to live. If they ever worried, they didn’t let it show.
7. a. The people grumbled and protested against Moses and Aaron for ruining their lives.
Then they plotted among themselves, “Let’s choose a new leader and go back to Egypt!” Numbers 14:4 NLT
They talked of stoning Caleb and Joshua.
Spoiler alert: Caleb (and Joshua) live to possess the land just as Caleb said. Likewise, the words of the other scouts also came true. They died in the wilderness. Numbers 26:65
b. Fear spreads like wild-fire.
It’s amazing that even after seeing God’s miraculous intervention so many times over the previous two years, they gave in to fear. Again.
Last week, I came across the following verses. They certainly apply in this situation.
“Don’t call everything a conspiracy, like they do,
and don’t live in dread of what frightens them.
Make the Lord of Heaven’s Armies holy in your life.
He is the one you should fear.
He is the one who should make you tremble.
He will keep you safe. Isaiah 8:12-13, 14a