Question Answer Series [11] : How words of people can discourage hearts?


Question: How words of people can discourage hearts?

Answer: Moses replied, “Do you want to stay here while the other Israelites go to war?  How dare you try to discourage the people of Israel from crossing the Jordan into the land which the Lord has given them? That is what your fathers did when I sent them from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land. They went as far as Eshcol Valley and saw the land, but when they returned, they discouraged the people from entering the land which the Lord had given them. The Lord became angry that day and made a promise: 

I want to meditate on Num 32:9 – The word of God – “For when they went up to the Valley of Eshcol and saw the land, they discouraged the heart of the people of Israel from going into the land that the LORD had given them”

Lord brought Israelites out of Egypt to take them to the Promised Land, after 40 years of the journey they came to the border of Cannan. The word says The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the people of Israel. Num 13:1. So the purpose of sending 12 people is just to see the land Lord is going to give.

12 people went on a mission for 40 days to explore the Promise that the Lord was going to give and they saw the Land was good as the Lord promised. And they came to the Valley of Eshcol  Num 13:23

Coming back from the mission, 10 people out of the 12 discouraged the people around them because they were scared of achieving the Promise by their own strength. The word says, So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land ..we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers Num 13:32,33 Do we feel like grasshoppers (hopeless).

2 out of the 12 got promotion to have the promise of God. Joshua and Caleb had confidence because they knew promise fulfillment is the Lord’s business. Num 14: 6-8
If the LORD delights in us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey. And we know of all the people who started from Egypt only Joshua and Caleb reached Cannan (Others were those who were born on the way)

Lesson learn to see the situation through the promises of God. Always trust the Lord for His promises. Final Thought  – When we pass through the Valley of Eshcol will it be a valley of promotion or will it be a valley of discouragement?

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