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The spies return from Canaan

Numbers 13:1 And יהוה spoke to Moses saying, 2 Send men that they may search את־ land of Canaan, which I will give to the Children of Israel, from every tribe of their fathers you will send a man who is a ruler among them. C-MATS

Question: Why was this chapter immediately after the incident of Miriam’s criticism of Moses and her punishment for it? Although the spying mission took place shortly after Miriam’s experience had taught the nation the gravity of malicious gossip, nevertheless, the wicked spies did not learn their lesson and were not deterred from slandering the Land. ChumashQuestion: Why were spies sent into the Land, if יהוה had already said that the Land was good? The people came to Moses and asked him to dispatch spies to explore Canaan and report to them. Moses consulted יהוה, Who said, “I have told them the Land is good. [But since they question Me], I will let them test My sincerity, at the risk of being misled and losing their chance to enter the Land.” Moses thought that his willingness to let the people have their way would convince them that they had nothing to fear. He was mistaken; they wanted to hear about the Land from their peers. So he sent the spies. Chumash

Numbers 13:16 These are the names of the men who Moses sent to spy out את־ the land. And Moses called Oshea, the son of Nun, Y’hoshua (Joshua). C-MATS

Question: Why did Moses change Hoshea’s name to Y’hoshua before he left to see the Land? Moses added the letter Y to Hoshea’s name, so that his name would begin with the letters of יהוה‘s Name. The Hebrew name Y’hoshua means, יהוה saves or יהוה will save, which signifies that Moses prayed, “May יהוה save you [Y’hoshua] from the conspiracy of the spies”. This tells us that even before the mission began Moses suspected that it would end disastrously; nevertheless, he permitted them to go, because the people wanted it and יהוה does not deny people their freedom of choice. Chumash

Numbers 13:27 And they told him that we came to the land where you sent us and it does flow with milk and honey; and this is the fruit from it. 28 However, the people are strong that live in the land and the cities are walled and very large: and also we saw the children of Anak there.

Question: What is wrong with frightening people by bringing them bad reports about world events? Causing people fear, not only damages their physical and emotional health, but can also cause them to act in a harmful and reckless way. We are in this world to be kind to and help others and certainly not the opposite. We should focus on what יהוה can do to protect us, not what harm a world situation can bring us. Where is your faith-in the world system or יהוה?