For thousands of years, militaries, countries, and leaders have been sending out spies to search out different lands. Sometimes a spy might be sent out for Information, to search for a specific person, or to simply see how a land Is laid out In order to capture it. Even back in Bible times, God had leaders send out spies for some of these very reasons. In this paper, I would like to compare two specific sets of spies from the Bible that were sent on a mission: The spies that Moses sent into the land of Canaan and the pies that Joshua sent into Jericho.
There are some distinct differences as well as some close similarities between the two missions. The first thing that we notice in this story is the number of spies sent out by both Moses and Joshua. Moses sent twelve spies into Canaan, by the Lord’s command. There was one man from each tribe of the children of Israel. Each man sent out had to be a ruler among the people. The Bible lists out everyone that was sent: Shaman, Shape, Caleb, Gal, Ashes, Papal, Saddle, Gadded, Mammal, Esther, Naval, Glue.
Numbers 14:4-15) (Shoes was actually Joshua, but he was not referred to by that name at the time that this was listed In the Bible. In fact, he was not referred to as Joanna until en was called to De ten leader AT ten centre AT Israel. ) This is quite a dramatic difference from the number of spies that Joshua sent into Jericho. Joshua only picked out two men for the mission. Although God did not put any stipulations on who Joshua had to choose, the two men that he did choose were extremely committed to serving God. Since we see at the end of the first story that
Joshua was one of the twelve spies sent out by Moses, we can probably conclude that this why he only chose two men to go into Canaan. Because he had been chosen as one of them twelve spies that Moses sent out, I’m sure this gave him great insight as what would be needed for the mission he was leading. The smaller number of the second group greatly helped diminish the odds of a negative report of the situation. Next, the purpose of spying out Canaan and Jericho was pretty similar. Moses instructed his spies to ” see the land, what it is, and the people that dwellers therein, whether they be strong or weak, few or many.
And what the land is that they dwell in whether It be good or bad, and what cities they be that they dwell in, whether in tents or in strong holds. And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood therein, or not. And be hoof good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land ” (Numbers 13:18-20) “God told Moses what he wanted to spies to search for, so the instructions that Moses gave the spies were direct orders from God. However, Joshua command to his spies was much simpler. He said, ” go view the land, even
Jericho ” so AU BIB) Nine Bobbie does not glee us much detail, out as Tar as we know, God did not tell Joshua exactly what to tell his spies. It is interesting to see how God went into such detail giving Moses what to tell his spies but He did not give Joshua any stipulations whatsoever, except to tell him to send spies into Jericho and that the land would be theirs. This might have to do with the fact that Moses did not think that he was a good speaker. Joshua however had already been through a secret mission, so he most likely knew what to say and how to handle the situation.
Finally, two extremely different things happened on each mission. Moses’ spies were in the land of Canaan for 40 days. During this time, they stopped at the brook of Schools. Here they cut down a cluster of grapes. They also gathered pomegranates and figs. The Bible doesn’t tell us what they did next, but it does give us the report that they gave. In their report, 10 of the spies tell about the flowing milk and honey and they Moses the samples of the fruit of the land that they brought with them. Next, they list of the people groups that they saw.
They said the people were strong and great. Then they describe the city as being walled and great. The 10 “bad” spies did not want to take the land. But, Caleb steps in and says, “Let us go up at once, and possess it, for we are well able to overcome it. ” Caleb and Joshua, the two “good” spies knew that they could over come the great people and the city walls. Unfortunately, the 10 other spies insisted on going against Caleb and Joshua. I believe that this is a direct result of their general lack of commitment and faith in God to use them to do great things for Him.
Even Hough they had been given clear direction and promise from God that they would have victory over Canaan, they still did not believe God could do what he said and chose rather to disobey. This disobedience swayed the minds of the people that it was unsafe to go into the land of Canaan even though the Lord had promised it to them. In contrast, Joshua spies got to the land of Jericho and met a woman named Rehab, who was a harlot. She allowed them to hide in her house in exchange for she and her family being spared when the Israelites came and destroyed the city.
The spies assured her that she and her family would be safe, as long as she followed their instructions. She was to hang a scarlet cord from her window. Whoever was in her house would be spared. If she were to tell anyone why they were there, then the agreement was broken. If anyone who was in her house when the cord was there left the house, then their blood would be on their own hands. After the spies told her what to do, Rehab told them of a mountain where they could hide for 3 days. They hid in the mountain for three days. Then they went back and reported to Joshua.
They said, Truly the Lord hath delivered into our hands all the land for even all the inhabitants ten country ah Talent Decease AT us. ” (Joanna 2 In conclusion, as we look at both of these stories, we see what God can do with someone if they will Just believe in Him and take Him at His word. Throughout this story, the major contrast that we see is the lack of faith in the twelve spies sent by Moses the exorbitant amount of faith in the spies sent by Joshua. Although both groups of men were given a sure promise from God that their battles would be victorious, only and Caleb believed that God could do exactly what he said.