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April 3, 2022 at 1:07 pm #331SulhazanKeymaster
The ten spies were a group of ten men sent along with Joshua and Caleb to go and spy on the promise land. They include Shammua, Shaphat, Igal, Palti, Gaddiel, Gaddi, Ammiel, Sethur, Nahbi, and Geuel. These ten men came back with what was recorded as the Majority report which was Very Wrong. It was based on fear and lacked trust in the power of God.
So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land that they had spied out, saying, “The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height.” NUMBERS 13:32 ESV
Though belonging to some of the most influential people in Hebrew history, the names of Shammua, Shaphat, Igal, Palti, Gaddiel, Gaddi, Ammiel, Sethur, Nahbi, and Geuel remain largely unrecognized. Though their names have been lost to obscurity, their reputations have not.
These names belong to the ten spies who turned public opinion against Moses, and who led the people to give in to fear rather than obey God’s instructions. When Caleb and Joshua tried to remind the people of God’s promises to be with them, this vocal majority convinced the people to believe in the dangers they had seen in the land instead of the power of the unseen God who led them there. Rather than listen to Joshua and Caleb, the people rallied behind the majority and threatened to stone the two men who acted with faith. (See the story in Numbers 13–14.)
Though the people had seen God defeat the Egyptian army, had followed the cloud by day and fire by night, had drunk water from a rock, and had eaten the miraculous manna, the threat of the Canaanite armies overwhelmed them with fear and they wept and complained against Moses. As a result of these actions, God sentenced His obstinate people to live as nomads in the wilderness for forty years. During that time, every adult over the age of twenty years would die because God forbade anyone to enter the land who had treated Him with contempt (Numbers 14:23). Only Joshua and Caleb survived this judgment.
What fate awaited the ten spies who led the people into disobedience?
Numbers 14:36–37 records, “And the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land, who returned and made all the congregation complain against him by bringing a bad report about the land – the men who brought an unfavorable report about the land died by a plague before the LORD”
(Numbers 14:36–37 NRSV).
The majority can often be right, but greater numbers do not assure accuracy. Following God’s standards and directions is always the right choice, no matter how unpopular they may be.
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