by Jerry Vines

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Giants and Grasshoppers (4 of 10)
Series: Will You Be Counted
Jerry Vines
Numbers 13-14

I want to speak with you on one of my favorite passages in all of the Bible. It is the ''Giants and Grasshoppers'' passage. I love this passage of scripture.

Keep in mind that the children of Israel are getting ready to go into the Promised Land. They have been organized. Those men who are able to go to war have been counted and numbered. All of the tribes have been gathered around the tabernacle. The glory cloud has lifted and begun to move, and they're getting ready to move into the Promised Land.

In verse 4 and all the way through verse 16, you have the names of the 12 men selected from the 12 tribes who were to go in and to spy out the land. We know from this thirteenth chapter in verse 26 that the children of Israel have come to a place called Kadesh. In other places it is called Kadesh-Barnea. It is probably familiar to you who have been studying your Bible or have been coming to church for any period of time. Kadesh-Barnea is right on the edge of the Promise Land. They are within sight of the land that God has promised to give to them. When they came out of the land of Egypt and moved toward the Promise Land, they have now come right on the verge.

Kadesh-Barnea has become a symbol among the people of God. It has become a symbol of defeat and lost opportunity because the children of Israel are coming right up on the border of the Promise Land at Kadesh-Barnea. Of course, you know the story. It is there that they turn away in unbelief and move back into the wilderness, and they wander in that wilderness for 40 years. An 11-day journey, and they are going to wander for 40 years.

We have the children of Israel. They have trusted God to lead them out of the land of Egypt. But they are unwilling to trust God to lead them to the land of Canaan. It is an illustration to us in the Bible of unbelief.

They are a picture of many Christians today. There are man ...

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