Numbers 14 was discussed in the study “Trusting Yahuah: Yahuah wants to be trusted” and therefore the focus in this study will be to see why the people were so firmly against entering the Promised Land. What was in the report that was given them that made them rebel against Yahuah and not trust in His protection, once again?
(1) And Yahuah spoke to Mosheh, saying,
(2) “Send men to spy out the land of Kena’an, which I am giving to the children of Yisra’el. Send one man from each tribe of their fathers, every one a leader among them.”
(3) And by the command of Yahuah Mosheh sent them from the Wilderness of Paran, all of them men who were heads of the children of Yisra’el.
Yahuah instructed Mosheh to send spies to spy the land of Kena’an. These were their names:
(4) And these were their names. From the tribe of Re’uben: Shammua, son of Zakkur.
(5) From the tribe of Shimon: Shaphat, son of Hori.
(6) From the tribe of Yehudah: Kaleb, son of Yephunneh.
(7) From the tribe of Yissaskar: Yig’al, son of Yoseph.
(8) From the tribe of Ephrayim: Hoshea, son of Nun.
(9) From the tribe of Binyamin: Palti, son of Raphu.
(10) From the tribe of Zebulun: Gaddi’el, son of Sodi.
(11) From the tribe of Yoseph, from the tribe of Menashsheh: Gaddi, son of Susi.
(12) From the tribe of Dan: Ammi’el, son of Gemalli.
(13) From the tribe of Asher: Shethur, son of Mika’el.
(14) From the tribe of Naphtali: Nahbi, son of Wophsi.
(15) From the tribe of Gad: Geu’el, son of Maki.
There were twelve men, one per tribe sent to spy the land.
(16) These are the names of the men whom Mosheh sent to spy out the land. And Mosheh called Hoshea the son of Nun, Yehoshua.
(17) And Mosheh sent them to spy out the land of Kena’an, and said to them, “Go up here into the South, and go up to the mountains,
(18) and see what the land is like, and the people who dwell in it, whether strong or weak, whether few or many,
(19) and whether the land they dwell in is good or evil, whether the cities they inhabit are in camps or strongholds,
(20) and whether the land is rich or poor, and whether there are forests there or not. And you shall be strong, and bring some of the fruit of the land.” Now the time was the season of the first-fruits of grapes.
Grape harvest is symbolic of the wrath of Yahuah or Yeshua.
(19) And the messenger thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of Elohim.
Consider this as we continue.
(21) So they went up and spied out the land from the Wilderness of Tsin as far as Rehob, near the entrance of Hamath.
(22) And they went up through the South and came to Hebron. And Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the descendants of Anaq, were there. Now Hebron had been built seven years before Tso’an in Mitsrayim.
(23) And they came to the wadi Eshkol, and cut down from there a branch with one cluster of grapes. And they bore it between two of them on a pole, also of the pomegranates and of the figs.
(24) That place was called the wadi Eshkol, because of the cluster which the men of Yisra’el cut down from there.
(25) And they returned from spying out the land after forty days.
When we look at the chart above, then one will see that in order to be able to harvest grapes, pomegranates as well as figs it must have been around August. Remember it said that it was in the beginning of the grape harvest so it cannot be later than that. Take note that 40 days after that would place us in mid September when it is time for the fall feasts (Trumpets, Atonement, Tabernacles & the Closing Ceremony).
(26) And they went and came to Mosheh and Aharon and all the congregation of the children of Yisra’el in the Wilderness of Paran, at Qadesh. And they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land.
(27) And they reported to him, and said, “We went to the land where you sent us. And truly, it flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.
(28) “But the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are walled, very great. And we saw the descendants of Anaq there too.
(29) “The Amaleqites dwell in the land of the South, while the Hittites and the Yebusites and the Amorites dwell in the mountains. And the Kena’anites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Yarden.”
See, the report about the giants caused great fear in the people. If one looks at the above image then one can easily imagine why they were so afraid of entering this land. It is understandable.
(30) And Kaleb silenced the people before Mosheh, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are certainly able to overcome it.”
Kaleb attempted to rectify this by motivating the people to go and take the land.
(31) But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.”
Then the people who went up to spy the land said that they were stronger than them. After everything which Yahuah has done still they do not trust in Yahuah to help them through.
(32) And they gave the children of Yisra’el an evil report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land eating up its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great size.
(33) “And we saw there the Nephilim, sons of Anaq, of the Nephilim. And we were like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and so we were in their eyes.”
Consider the above image to compare the sizes and one can see why they feared but look at what Yahuah has done up to that point for these people and one wonders why they are doubting. May Yahuah have mercy on us that we don’t reach this point if we are to live through the Great Tribulation and face the fearful sights as prophesied.
“And there shall be great earthquakes in various places, and scarcities of food and deadly diseases. And there shall be horrors, and great signs from heaven. Luk 21:11
Some versions say “fearful sights” where this version says “horrors”. There will be sights which will cause fear just as the people in this part of history had fearful sights which were reported to them but Yeshua said “fear not” just as His Father Yahuah said “I am with you” so may we have mercy and trust in Yahuah when we go through our “fearful sights”.
(1) Then all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night.
(2) And all the children of Yisra’el grumbled against Mosheh and against Aharon, and all the congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Mitsrayim! Or if only we had died in this wilderness!
(3) “And why is Yahuah bringing us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become a prey? Would it not be better for us to turn back to Mitsrayim?”
Now when we read the above Scripture we understand why they feared.
Until next time.
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