July 28, 2013

Introduction to The Hollow

Ten Out of the Twelve Spies

Numbers 14:36-45

The day after receiving God’s judgment and embarking on their long march through the wilderness, the nation still refuses to obey. Unbelief, a spirit of complaining, and a rebellious attitude are a terrible master that will cause no end of trouble in the lives of those who cultivate them. “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling” (Proverbs 16:18). As a result of their pride, more lives were lost.

When the 12 spies returned to the Israelites to give their report, each of them was at a crossroads. If only the other 10 had exhibited the faith of Caleb and Joshua. If only they had decided to follow the God that rescued them from slavery, defeated the army of Egypt, took care of their physical needs all throughout their journey, and was willing to lead them into the land that would be their new home, how different things would have been. Instead, 10 chose the pathway paved with doubt and fear which leads to life filled with regret and painful consequences.