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
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
They said “no” to God’s plan.
The people believed the majority report, and ended up wandering in the
wilderness for 40 years.