devotional post # 2304
Num 13:1 Yahveh spoke to Moses, and this is what he said,
Num 13:2 “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the people of Israel. From each tribe of their fathers you will send a man, every one a leader among them.”
Num 13:3 So Moses sent them from the wilderness of Paran, according to the command of Yahveh, all of them men who were leaders of the people of Israel.
Num 13:4 And these were their names: From the tribe of Reuben, Shammua the son of Zaccur;
Num 13:5 from the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat the son of Hori;
Num 13:6 from the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh;
Num 13:7 from the tribe of Issachar, Igal the son of Joseph;
Num 13:8 from the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea the son of Nun;
Num 13:9 from the tribe of Benjamin, Palti the son of Raphu;
Num 13:10 from the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel the son of Sodi;
Num 13:11 from the tribe of Joseph (that is, from the tribe of Manasseh), Gaddi the son of Susi;
Num 13:12 from the tribe of Dan, Ammiel the son of Gemalli;
Num 13:13 from the tribe of Asher, Sethur the son of Michael;
Num 13:14 from the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi the son of Vophsi;
Num 13:15 from the tribe of Gad, Geuel the son of Machi.
Num 13:16 These were the names of the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land. And Moses called Hoshea the son of Nun Joshua.
Except for Joshua, we have not heard these names before as part of the biblical record. They are — you may have noticed — not the generals of the tribes in charge of their defending armies. They have emerged from the ranks. They have earned the honor of representing their tribes as scouts — first to see the land God had promised them. But we will see that — except for Joshua and Caleb, they did not act honorably because they did not trust God for victory.
LORD, we trust you to overcome all the obstacles to the plan you give us.