DEVOTIONAL – NOV 17
DO NOT FEAR GIANTS
Leslie M. John
“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15)
The spies went into the Promised Land and searched it thoroughly. They saw that the land was indeed blessed, where milk and honey flowed and the fruit of the land was very good. They not only cut a branch with single cluster of grapes which carried on a pole between two of men but they also brought with them pomegranates and figs. The place was called “Eshcol” (Ref. Numbers 13:23-24 )
Here is a typical case of children of Israel making endeavors to turn around and go back to Egypt, a place where they were slaves. In spite of firm promise made by the LORD that the land was theirs and to go and possess it, they feared men and brought a very discouraging report. They were greatly feared when they saw the ‘sons of Anak’ who were giants and Amalekites in the land. They planned to choose another leader and return to Egypt.
“And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them?” (Numbers 14:11)
After forty days of spying the land they returned and (except for Joshua, the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh) presented a very discouraging report, which said they were like grasshoppers before the inhabitants of the land. They said the cities were well fortified and there were ‘sons of Anak’, who were giants, and Amalekites, who lived in the south, and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, who dwell in the mountains, and the Canaanites who dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.
A great encouragement came from Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh as Moses and Aaron fell prostrate before the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel. They boldly said that the land was exceedingly good, and if the LORD delighted in them He will give to them. They pleaded saying:
“Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not” (Numbers 14:9)
The LORD was highly displeased with their murmurings and sent them into wilderness to wander for forty years, a year in chastisement for each day of their forty spying days. The LORD allowed only the very children, who they feared would be slain, to enter into the Promised Land after their forty years of wandering in the wilderness. None of the children of Israel, who started out their journey from Egypt, reached the Land, except Joshua, son of Nun and Caleb and the children born in the wilderness. Joshua circumcised all the children of Israel, who entered into the Promised Land (Ref. Joshua 5:1-7)
“Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39)