scoutJERUSALEM “Yea” or “Nay” – Scouting Report
1 leader from each tribe. 12 men. Same assignment. Go and spy on the land.
1. Shammua from the tribe of Reuben.
2. Shaphat from the tribe of Simeon.
3. Caleb from the tribe of Judah.
4. Igal from the tribe of Issachar.
5. Hoshea (Joshua) from the tribe of Ephraim.
6. Palti from the tribe of Benjamin.
7. Gaddiel from the tribe of Zebulun.
8. Gaddi from the trbive of Manasseh.
9. Ammiel from the tribe of Dan.
10. Sethu from the tribe of Asher.
11. Nahbi from the tribe of Naphtali.
12. Geuel from the tribe of Gad.
As they were getting ready to go on their assignment and enter the unknown land, I wonder what was going thru their mind. Were they nervous? Were they excited? Did they have any clue what they were about to experience? What did they take with them?
I am sure they said goodbye to their family and friends, and then went out of respect to Moses, as well as obedience to the Lord…to spy the land. They were to go and check out the land. 40 days later they come back and give a report to Moses, Aaron, and the entire Israelite community.
The report from the majority of the spies was quite clear and to the point. The land cannot be taken. It is impossible. Too many obstacles and roadblocks. Numbers 13:27-29, “We went into the land where you sent us. Indeed it is flowing with milk and honey, and here is some of its fruit. However, the people living in the land are strong and the cities are large and fortified. We also saw the descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites are living in the land of the Negev; the Hittities, Jebusites, and the Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live by the sea and along the Jordan.”
Thankfully one of the scouts stood up and painted a different picture. Caleb said, “We must go up and take possession of the land because we can certainly conquer it” (Num 13: 30). In other words, Caleb wasn’t fazed by the strong people. He wasn’t discouraged because of the fortified cities. He believed God would grant them victory to overtake the land. Another scout spoke out as well, and agreed with Caleb. Joshua the son of Nun said, “The land we passed through and explored is an extremely good land. If the Lord is pleased with us, He will bring us into this land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and give it to us. Only don’t rebel against the Lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land, for we will devour them. Their protection has been removed from them, and the Lord is with us. Don’t be afraid of them!” (Num 14:6-9)
Here you have 2 scouts out of the 12 saying they have nothing to fear. The land can be taken…as long as the Lord is pleased with them. And 10 individuals, the majority of the scouts, saying, “No way.” The land can’t be overtaken. The giants are too big.
So as the three of us look to finish strong with our scouting trip here in Israel for the next couple of days, I think about these 12 spies. Granted, we only have 3 of us…
· Richard Jr. son of Richard Sr.
· Mark son of Vernon, and
· Kyle Lance son of Larry
But the number of spies shouldn’t matter. We still have a choice. Do we really believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ can and will penetrate the people in this land – even when the population of people believing in Jesus is approximately 2%? Do we really believe that Muslims could turn to Jesus as their Savior? Do we really trust that God could turn the Jewish people to Yeshua the Messiah? Do we really believe the secular community will look to Jesus as their Lord and Savior?
These are the questions we must ask ourselves during this scouting trip. Because in a little bit, we will come back to Dallas, TX, where we will give a report on what we are sensing from the Lord. Will it be “yea” or “nay” for our call to the land and people of Israel?!? All for His glory.
– Kyle Lance Martin