The 12 Spies Enter the Promised Land
The Children of Israel have traveled from Mt. Sinai to the Wilderness of Paran where God presents their greatest test yet. He tells Moses to “send for himself” (Sh’lach Lecha ) 12 spies into the Promised Land to check it out. But this excursion is certainly not for God – He knows exactly what they will find! Rather it is a test of their faith. One man from each of the tribes is selected to go “spy out the land.” After 40 days, they return with their reports: All 12 agree that the land is pleasant and flowing with milk and honey; that the cities are well fortified; and that the people there are giants. Only Joshua and Caleb report that, with God as their Captain, the Israelites are well able to possess the land! But the negative report of the other 10 prevail … and this decision will cost Israel 38 more years of wandering in the wilderness as well as the lives of all the first generation. Interestingly, of the original 12, the only two men that remain in our memory today are Joshua and Caleb.
The Return of the Nephilim
So…are there really giants in the land? Absolutely! In Genesis, Chapter 6, we were first introduced to the Nephilim just before the Flood… because they were the reason for it! The Flood destroyed them all, but we were warned they would be back. Ever since Satan’s first appearance in the Garden of Eden, he has been plotting to thwart God’s plan of redemption for mankind through the promised Messiah. As God revealed more details about the coming Messiah’s lineage, Satan was able to more accurately identify and try to destroy that line. So when God promised the land of Canaan to Israel hundreds of years earlier, it comes as no surprise that the Nephilim are already there.
This time, unfortunately, they are not all wiped out. We read of David’s encounter with the giant Goliath some 400 years later, and Daniel’s prophecy concerning the ten toes of Nubuchadnezzar’s statue giving a chilling image of a hybrid species during the End Times “… and you saw iron mixed with clay, they shall not mingle themselves with the seed of men….”
As a backdrop for Israel’s rejection of God’s Promised Land, He gives more details for the Sacrifices introduced in Leviticus. Leviticus gave us the “What” concerning the Sacrifices; here we are given the “How & When”.
The Fringes of Remembrance
God tells us to attach fringes (tzi-tzit) to the hem of our garment so that we would: 1) See them, 2) Remember His Word and 3) Do His Word. He knows we need all the help we can get to hear and obey Him!