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  • 2017-03-23   [민수기(Numbers) 13:1 - 13:20]


    God told Moses to choose twelve leaders, one from each tribe, to spy out the land of Canaan. They needed to check how good and rich the land was.

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  • 1 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
    2 "Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the people of Israel. From each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a chief among them."
    3 So Moses sent them from the wilderness of Paran, according to the command of the LORD, all of them men who were heads of the people of Israel.
    4 And these were their names: From the tribe of Reuben, Shammua the son of Zaccur;
    5 from the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat the son of Hori;
    6 from the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh;
    7 from the tribe of Issachar, Igal the son of Joseph;
    8 from the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea the son of Nun;
    9 from the tribe of Benjamin, Palti the son of Raphu;
    10 from the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel the son of Sodi;
    11 from the tribe of Joseph (that is, from the tribe of Manasseh), Gaddi the son of Susi;
    12 from the tribe of Dan, Ammiel the son of Gemalli;
    13 from the tribe of Asher, Sethur the son of Michael;
    14 from the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi the son of Vophsi;
    15 from the tribe of Gad, Geuel the son of Machi.
    16 These were the names of the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land. And Moses called Hoshea the son of Nun Joshua.
    17 Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan and said to them, "Go up into the Negeb and go up into the hill country,
    18 and see what the land is, and whether the people who dwell in it are strong or weak, whether they are few or many,
    19 and whether the land that they dwell in is good or bad, and whether the cities that they dwell in are camps or strongholds,
    20 and whether the land is rich or poor, and whether there are trees in it or not. Be of good courage and bring some of the fruit of the land." Now the time was the season of the first ripe grapes.
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Thinking & Understanding
Rather than marching straight into the land of Canaan, the Israelites first sent spies to examine the land (Deut. 1:21-22). God accepted their way of thinking and made them select a leader from each tribe to send as spies. Among the spies selected was Hoshea, whom Moses called ‘Joshua’, meaning ‘Jehovah is Salvation’. This was because Moses hoped the spies would examine the land through spiritual eyes, with faith that God’s promise would be fulfilled (vv. 1-20).

What lesson is God teaching me?
Vv. 3-16 Moses wanted the twelve spies to spy with a spiritual purpose, rather than a military purpose, to examine the land of Canaan through spiritual eyes, rather than eyes of the sword. Even today, when we do God’s work, it is important for us to properly discern its purpose. Let’s constantly reflect on ourselves to see if we aren’t focusing only on visible results while losing sight of the most important purpose.

V. 20 Those who have received God’s promise must be able to be bold wherever they are, with firm faith that the promise will be fulfilled. No matter what the present reality is like, when we look at it through eyes of faith, we will be able to see the true nature of what we desire.

Prayer
Help us to see the world as a gift from you, Lord, through spiritual eyes.