NUMBERS 13

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Numbers 13

RECONNAISSANCE MISSION

 

THE SPIES CHOSEN – Vss. 1-16

THE SPIES COMMISSIONED – Vss. 17-20

THE SPIES’ CONDUCT – Vss. 21-25

THE SPIES’ COMPLAINT – Vss. 26-29

THE SPIES’ CONFLICT – Vss. 30-33

  Caleb didn’t agree with the other spies. He was ready to trust God for victory in a challenging land.

 

 

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Numbers 13

MAJOR MISREPRESENTATION or THE MAJORITY IS NOT ALWAYS RIGHT

 

Very often politicians do not care as much about right and wrong as they do

about public opinion.

They want to please the majority of their constituents. Because of this

attitude wrong decisions are made.

Moses sent a group of spies into the Promised Land to bring back a report.

There were actually two reports and the people believed the majority of the

spies. The end result was that the children of Israel believed the wrong

report. The majority is not always right.

 

RECRUITS - Vss. 1-16

Spies were recruited to spy out the land. Each man was a leader in his

tribe.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES - Vss. 17-20

The spies were given their duties as they spied out the land.

 

RECONNAISSANCE - 21-25

The spies' mission is described.

 

REPORTS - Vss. 26-30

Majority Report - The majority of the spies told of a wonderful land, but

also described the people of the land. They were afraid of their size and

their defenses. Vss. 26-29

 

Minority Report - Vs. 30 - Caleb spoke up. He wanted to go forward to

conquer the land. He didn't deny the information, but realized that God

would enable them to conquer the land. Numbers 14:6-10

 

REBUTTAL - Vss. 31-33

In response to Caleb's words, the majority brought up a negative report on

the land.

They said "no" to God's plan.

The people believed the majority report, and ended up wandering in the

wilderness for 40 years.

 

 

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Numbers 13-14

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKING

 

Israel had left Egypt and was headed for the promised land.

They were on the verge of entering into a great land.

Opportunity was knocking, but Israel balked.

 

WHAT A COUNTRY! Numbers 13:1-3, 17-20, 26-27

  Exodus 3:8, Leviticus 20:24

 

WHAT A CONTRAST! Numbers 13:26-33

  10 spies - A faithless report.

  Caleb - A faithful report. Vs. 30

 

WHAT A COMPLAINT! Numbers 14:1-10

 

WHAT A CONDEMNATION! Numbers 14:20-37

 

WHAT A COMPLIMENT! Numbers 14:24,30, 38

 

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