1. Joshua and Caleb (Numbers 13-14)
Israel had spent a long time wandering in the desert. They, at last, had reached the Promised Land, something they’d yearned for since their time in Egypt. When they reached the land, they noticed it already had some occupants.
Considering they’d waged war against a great deal of nations prior to that, they entered with caution. They sent 12 spies to scope the land and discover just what exactly they were up against.
The spies returned with this report in Numbers 13:27-28: “They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there.”
The Good: The land had milk and honey. Not only have archeological excavations of Jericho proven this was literally the case, but it proved the land had abundance, just as God promised.
The Bad: The people who inhabited the land had a massive height.
Whether literal or figurative giants (you decide based on the interpretations of “descendants of Anak”), 10 of the spies said, “no go” to taking over the land.
Only Joshua and Caleb tried to convince the people to proceed with God’s instructions, asserting that God would provide and take care of them. Israel decided to listen to the majority, and this prevented a huge portion of them from entering the Promised Land. Only Joshua and Caleb, of the 10 spies, got to see themselves step foot and inhabit Jericho.
What they teach us about godly leadership: A godly leader doesn’t cave to peer pressure. They follow the path God has paved before them, no matter what giant (literal or metaphorical) appears to stand in their way.
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