Read: Deuteronomy 1-2
Marked: Deuteronomy 1:21-22, ‘Look, the LORD your God has set the land before you; go up [and] possess [it,] as the LORD God of your fathers has spoken to you; do not fear or be discouraged.’ “And every one of you came near to me and said, ‘Let us send men before us, and let them search out the land for us, and bring back word to us of the way by which we should go up, and of the cities into which we shall come.’”
It wasn’t Moses’ idea to send in the twelve spies, it was the peoples, even though God had said, “Go up and possess it.” (V21)
What they should have done they sent others to do. And as a result ten of the spies gave a bad report and discouraged them from doing what God had commanded.
In Matthew 29:19 the church is commanded to, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” And in verse 20b Jesus says, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
But have we obeyed, or have we done what the people did and have asked others to go in our place? Do we give the work of the gospel, which we should do, to others, to “professional” missionaries and organizations?
Like the people before Moses, do we fear and rebel because we think the work too difficult and the people too fearsome? Are we afraid of the gigantic task God has given us to do?
Verse 26, “Nevertheless, you would not go up, but rebelled against the commands of the Lord your God.”