THE HIGH HILLS

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ONLY JOSHUA AND CALEB WENT INTO THE PROMISED LAND

God gives His many promises to all His people but they are not automatic nor are they accepted by all His people as seen with Joshua and Caleb who believed God while the majority did not!

Numbers 13: Spies Sent into Canaan
25    At the end of forty days they returned from spying out the land.
26    And they came to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation of the people of Israel in the wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh. They brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land.
27    And they told him, “We came to the land to which you sent us. It flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.
28    However, the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large. And besides, we saw the descendants of Anak there.
29    The Amalekites dwell in the land of the Negeb. The Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the hill country. And the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and along the Jordan.”
30    But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.”
31    Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.”
32    So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land that they had spied out, saying, “The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height.
33    And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.”

Numbers 14: The People Rebel
1    Then all the congregation raised a loud cry, and the people wept that night.
2    And all the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The whole congregation said to them, “Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness!
3    Why is the LORD bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become a prey. Would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?”
4    And they said to one another, “Let us choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”
5    Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the people of Israel.
6    And Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes
7    and said to all the congregation of the people of Israel, “The land, which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceedingly good land.
8    If the LORD delights in us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey.
9    Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and the LORD is with us; do not fear them.”
10    Then all the congregation said to stone them with stones. But the glory of the LORD appeared at the tent of meeting to all the people of Israel.
11    And the LORD said to Moses, “How long will this people despise me? And how long will they not believe in me, in spite of all the signs that I have done among them?
12    I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they.”

God Promises Judgment
20    Then the LORD said, “I have pardoned, according to your word.
21    But truly, as I live, and as all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD,
22    none of the men who have seen my glory and my signs that I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and yet have put me to the test these ten times and have not obeyed my voice,
23    shall see the land that I swore to give to their fathers. And none of those who despised me shall see it.
24    But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed me fully, I will bring into the land into which he went, and his descendants shall possess it.

32    But as for you, your dead bodies shall fall in this wilderness.
33    And your children shall be shepherds in the wilderness forty years and shall suffer for your faithlessness, until the last of your dead bodies lies in the wilderness.
34    According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, a year for each day, you shall bear your iniquity forty years, and you shall know my displeasure.’
35    I, the LORD, have spoken. Surely this will I do to all this wicked congregation who are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall come to a full end, and there they shall die.”
36    And the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land, who returned and made all the congregation grumble against him by bringing up a bad report about the land—
37    the men who brought up a bad report of the land—died by plague before the LORD.
38    Of those men who went to spy out the land, only Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh remained alive.

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