Notes about Numbers 13: 1 – 33:
- Deuteronomy 1:19 -25 provides the procedural details about the mission.
- Fear and discouragement was sounded throughout this account.
- The tribal representation did not include the tribe of Levi’s. (Le-Vee)
- The Levi’s were the priests.
- Instead it included Joseph’s tribe being divided into 2 for his sons Ephraim and Manasseh.
- In Numbers 13:16 – Jesus is Greek for Joshua.
- They had set up camp in the wilderness of Paran in Kadesh Barnea – 50 miles south of the Promised Land.
- 12 men sent into the Promised land – spent 40 days gathering samples of local crops.
- Both good and bad news reported which divides the people
- Spying was a popular military tactic of the day.
- The spies traveled 275 miles north to the territory west of the Jordan River.
- The first area they explored was Negev – Very dry
- Further north was Canaan – Much more fertile – Ideal for milk producing sheep and goats. The flowers and plants produced pollen for the bees to turn into honey.
- This was 2 years after leaving Egypt. They had found the Promised Land but continued to be fearful. Lack of faith.
- For their lack of faith, they had to wander one year for each day they had gone on the mission. 40 years.
- They didn’t believe they could go against the giants.
- The Nephilim were mentioned one other time in the Bible. Genesis 6:4 – Those Nephilim died during the Great Flood.
- We need to have Caleb’s faith. (Numbers 13:30)
30 But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.”Numbers 13:30
Be blessed with this reading.