Fearful to Enter The Land

Five year old Johnny was in the kitchen as his mother made supper. She asked him to go into the pantry and get her a can of tomato soup, but he didn’t want to go in alone. “It’s dark in there and I’m scared.” She asked again, and he persisted. Finally she said, … More


Moses describes the 100 mile trip from Horeb to the promised land through a dry and barren wilderness (v.v. 19-21). He explains how their fathers’ fathers were instructed by God to take possession of the land of the Amorites. Instead of moving in they wanted to send out some spies to look over the land. This seemed like a reasonable request in preparation for battle and God approved their idea. They should have known that God would not lead them where He would not keep them.

When the spies returned they brought back clusters of huge grapes and told how the land was unusually fruitful (v. 25). However, their description of the people was so terrifying that the Israelites became fearful and refused to trust God to take over the land. Instead of looking back into their recent past of how God had miraculously delivered and sustained them throughout their desert journey, they now accused Him of delivering them into the hands of the Amorites to be killed.

God carried Israel as a father carries a son (v. 31). What do you remember about your father carrying you as a child?  Do you think this helped you to overcome your fears as a child? As you compare this to what God did for Israel what effects do you think this should of had on their faith and trust in Him?


Canaan was a land with Giants and fortified cities. The Israelites fear was understandable but not justified because God had already promised them victory. Sometimes I let difficulties discourage me and then I tend to focus on the negative aspects of a situation. Like Caleb and Joshua I need to focus on the positive. As a Christian I know that I am on the victory side.

Deuteronomy 1:19-31 (English Standard Version)

"Then we set out from Horeb and went through all that great and terrifying wilderness that you saw, on the way to the hill country of the Amorites, as the LORD our God commanded us. And we came to Kadesh-barnea. And I said to you, 'You have come to the hill country of the Amorites, which the LORD our God is giving us. See, the LORD your God has set the land before you. Go up, take possession, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has told you. Do not fear or be dismayed.' Then all of you came near me and said, 'Let us send men before us, that they may explore the land for us and bring us word again of the way by which we must go up and the cities into which we shall come.' The thing seemed good to me, and I took twelve men from you, one man from each tribe. And they turned and went up into the hill country, and came to the Valley of Eshcol and spied it out. And they took in their hands some of the fruit of the land and brought it down to us, and brought us word again and said, 'It is a good land that the LORD our God is giving us.' "Yet you would not go up, but rebelled against the command of the LORD your God. And you murmured in your tents and said, 'Because the LORD hated us he has brought us out of the land of Egypt, to give us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us. Where are we going up? Our brothers have made our hearts melt, saying, "The people are greater and taller than we. The cities are great and fortified up to heaven. And besides, we have seen the sons of the Anakim there."' Then I said to you, 'Do not be in dread or afraid of them. The LORD your God who goes before you will himself fight for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your eyes, and in the wilderness, where you have seen how the LORD your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way that you went until you came to this place."'

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