Re: Verse reading–Numbers 13:26-33; 14:1-9 (day five) “We went in to the land where you sent us; and it certainly does flow with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. Nevertheless, the people who live in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large; and moreover, we saw the descendants of Anak there.”
Since Exodus 3, God has been telling the Israelites that the promised land would be “flowing with milk and honey” and would also be “occupied by Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Jebusites,” (and others)
So… Why the doubting? Why the panic? Why the disobedience?
Perhaps one of the answers is found in the response of the spies. When Joshua and Caleb saw the others they remembered God’s promises. When the other 10 saw those inhabitants of the Promised Land they saw themselves in relation to the giants and forgot all about God’s promises and power. They forgot who they were in relation to their Heavenly Father, but rather focused on themselves in relation to the giants. They had a very skewed perspective of their identity!! Part of our faith is believing and trusting God’s Word and Promises about His children and His followers. Look closely at 1 Peter 2:9-11