Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
April 2, 2017

In verses Num 13:4-15, a roster is given of the twelve spies who came back from observing the giants in the promise land, 10 of them came back with a negative report, two came back with a positive report.

1. The first thing, What is the terrain or the environment like?
Num 13:18 "And see what the land is like.

We need to be aware of what the environment is like which we are about to face in the plan of God for our life when we face the giants in the promise land that God has placed us in.

We all have a soul that is placed in the Garden of Eden, as it were, in the environment that God has chosen for us to live in which is really called the plan of God for our life!

Just like Adam and the woman found themselves in the environment of the Garden of Eden, so do we in our unique calling have our own garden whereby we are to execute the plan of God.

2Pe 1:12 "be motivated even more to make certain about His calling and election;

a. Common grace, in which the Gospel is presented and made understandable.

b. The divine call, in which the personal invitation to believe on TLJC is given to the hearers.

c. Efficacious grace, in which the unbeliever's faith is made effectual.

The call of God is the invitation of God the Father through the Holy Spirit to believe in Christ and fulfill His plan for our life.

ROM 11:29 for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

2. Then secondly, the spies were to see what the people who live in it are like! And whether the people who live in it are strong {or} weak,

This falls under the principle of "know your enemy."

3. The third part of the field order is also found in Num 13:18; whether they are few or many.

EPH 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places

4. Then the fourth part of the reconnaissance is whether the land is good or bad, Num 13:19 "and how is the land in which they live, is it good or bad?
5. The fifth item on the reconnaissance report And how are the cities in which they live, are {they} like {open} camps or with fortifications?

In other words, are they easy to overcome or do they have walls as a part of their protection.

6. The 6th item is the land or agricultural reconnaissance. Num 13:20 "and how is the land, is it fat or lean?

7. The 7th item, Are there trees in it or not? In other words do we need to use what is in the land or ignore it.

They all had the potential but whether potential ever materializes or not depends on doctrine metabolized in the soul.

One of them is Caleb from the tribe of Judah. Caleb was 40 years old when the reconnaissance mission occurred. He will be 85 and still be doing great things.

In other words, what he reported was divine viewpoint because he had a lot of doctrine in his heart.

Joshua is from the tribe of Ephrahim, the tribe of Joseph's older son.

Prin-Only Caleb and Joshua had the spiritual strength to lift the shield of faith under pressure.

The first test was a test of leadership in the tribes of Israel and only Caleb and Joshua passed that test.

The second is the test of the Exodus generation, and with few exceptions they all flunked the test under operation cry-baby as we will see.

Operation cry-baby is the test that led to isolation and the accumulation of scar tissue on the soul.

The worst case of hardness of the heart recorded for us is the Pharaoh of the Exodus, and he stands out as one of the greatest enemies of Israel in all of history.

In three different areas of the scripture God says that Israel itself had exactly the same scar tissue.

Ahiman is one of the three famous giants from the race of the Anakim who were known as the giants in the land.

Sheshai was eventually slain by Caleb and Talmai was a third giant also expelled by Caleb as well.

In the north there was a great concentration of giants called the Rephaim (raff-fi-im).

In Jos 15:14 Caleb drove out the giants from his inheritance which is why we read in verse 14, (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)

Zoan was built by the Jews as slaves.
Hebron was captured by the Jews as free slaves.

The ten men, or leaders of the tribes of Israel already made up their minds that they are not going into the land.

They spread fear which led to hysteria.
Hysteria led to withdrawal.
Withdrawal led to a lot of scar tissue in the soul.

Instead they started talking to the people as they went through the crowd and already more hysteria was beginning to develop.

Exo 23:1 "You shall not bear a false report; do not join your hand with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.
2Co 6:8 We commend ourselves as servants of God by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; regarded as deceivers and yet true;

Rom 3:8 And why not say (as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say), "let us do evil that good may come"? Their condemnation is just.

This is because bad news is used by the kingdom of darkness to try and stop the momentum of the people of God.

Jer 49:23 "For they have heard bad news; they are disheartened. There is anxiety by the sea, it cannot be calmed."

Eze 7:26, 'Disaster will come upon disaster, and rumor will be added to rumor; then they will seek a vision (teaching) from a prophet, but the doctrine will be lost from the priest and counsel from the elders.

Were they just victims or were they also responsible for listening to the bad reports from the 10 leaders of the tribes of Israel!

1. Metabolize doctrine protects the believer from those who speak perverse things, Pro 2:10-13.

2. Self-destruction and self-induced misery is the inevitable result of those who spread evil reports, Pro 6:12-19.

Pro 6:19 A false witness who utters lies, (10 spies) and one who spreads strife among brothers.

"utters lies" is the hiphil imperfect of the Hebrew verb puwach (poo'akh); which means to puff up, blow with the breath or air; hence, to fan (as a breeze), to utter, to kindle (a fire), to scoff:

To spread strife is the piel stem of the Hebrew verb shalach — in the intensive stem says to send something away, to let go, to stretch out; to let loose; to dismiss, to give over, to cast out.

3. The mature believer brings blessing because of association, the wicked bring cursing, Pro 11:11.

4. Believers who live in doctrine speak truth, those who live in deceit speak lies, Pro 12:17-19.

They listened to the bad reports and then they became emotional, and all of that doctrine that Moses taught them, didn't matter at all!

The Exodus congregation relied on the 10 spies and their bad report rather than on Caleb and Joshua and their doctrinal view!

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