why is Fear a sin? Feb 19, 2021 10:34:59 GMT -5
Post by fearnot on Feb 19, 2021 10:34:59 GMT -5
My words are in this color
Bible quotes are in this color
Yesterday I looked a bit at the 12 spies,
and how 10 of them turned out fearful,
and that actually,
all the people of Israel, were fearful.
So off the 12 go to scout out the land.
17 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,
and whether the people who live in it are strong or weak,
whether they are few or many.
19 And how is the land in which they live, is it good or bad?
And how are the cities in which they live,
are the people in open camps or in fortifications?
20 And how is the land, is it productive or unproductive?
Are there trees in it or not?
And show yourselves courageous
and get some of the fruit of the land.”
25 At the end of forty days they returned from exploring the land.
During that time, they for one thing,
discovered God's word was true
( as it always is)
concerning it being the best and fruitful land:
23 Then they came to the Valley of Eshcol,
and from there they cut off a branch with a single cluster of grapes;
and they carried it on a pole between two men,
with some of the pomegranates and the figs.
That was some cluster of grapes,
it was so big, it took two men to carry it,
to keep it from getting bruised from the ground!
In fact, the spies even say it is so:
27 So they reported to him and said,
“We came into the land where you sent us,
and it certainly does flow with milk and honey,
and this is its fruit.
But then, here comes the fear...
not exactly the courage Moses asked of them!
The 10 spies, go on to give the rest of the report,
concerning the other things Moses asked them to check on.
There is zero trust in God!
They are looking ONLY at the circumstances...
(These are the very same people who saw,
God do so many miracles for them)!
This is where their report go bad,
and is filled with fear!!
the people who live in the land are strong,
and the cities are fortified and very large.
And indeed, we saw the descendants of Anak there!
They go on to say:
31 But the men who had gone up with him said,
“We are not able to go up against the people,
because they are too strong for us.”
32 So they brought a bad report of the land
which they had spied out to the sons of Israel, saying,
“The land through which we have gone to spy out is a land that devours its inhabitants;
and all the people whom we saw in it are people of great stature.
33 We also saw the Nephilim there
(the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim);
and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight,
and so we were in their sight.”
Okay, giants are scary,
and the Israelites may have been a lot shorter in stature....
but the Nephilim were as grasshoppers to God.
Still two of the 12 spies, trusted God.
In fact, Caleb said this:
30 Then Caleb quieted the people
before Moses and said,
“We should by all means go up
and take possession of it,
for we will certainly prevail over it.”
I sort of think of, Caleb's attitude
(well, trusting God for sure)
The bigger they are,
the harder they fall!
However, the ten fearful prevailed.
Fear and sin always spreads and grows.
Likewise in this case,
the result of the 10 spies fear filled report,
had this effect on the people:
1 Then all the congregation raised their voices and cried out,
and the people wept that night.
2 And all the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron;
and the entire congregation said to them,
“If only we had died in the land of Egypt!
Or even if we had died in this wilderness!
3 So why is the Lord bringing us into this land to fall by the sword?
Our wives and our little ones will become plunder!
Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?”
4 So they said to one another,
“Let’s appoint a leader and return to Egypt!”
It's interesting that they spied for 40 days,
they ended up wandering in the desert for
Also, they did die in the wilderness,
all of them,
except Caleb and Joshua
and the people's children.
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