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They said to Joshua, “The Lord has surely given the whole land into our hands; all the people are melting in fear because of us.”
Over 40 years had passed since the last time an Israeli leader, Moses, had sent spies into the land of Canaan to search it out. Now there was a new leader, Joshua, and this time instead of 12 spies he only sent two. The two came back saying … “We’ve got this. The people are scared to death of us!”
The previous generation of Israelites had died off since Moses sent the original 12 spies in, but the giants of Canaan were STILL giants. The first time, under Moses, 10 of the 12 spies came back terrorized that the land was filled with giants. Only two had a positive report: Joshua and Caleb. Joshua probably thought there had been too many spies the first time. In fact, he probably thought, “I will not send so many in THIS TIME. THIS TIME I’ll just send in two brave men.” THIS TIME, the two brave spies came back with no mention of the same giants in the land. After 40 years of living in the wilderness, they’d seen so many miracles by their God that the giants in Canaan probably didn’t look like much more than grasshoppers. The first time the spies came back terrorized by the giants of Canaan. But THIS TIME the spies came back telling of the terror of the Canaanites because of the power of Israel’s God. “That Was THEN, This Is NOW!”
Thank You that there was a time in my life when I was often scared. But because of Your continual care … “That Was THEN This Is NOW.” Amen