Bible study 130 – Numbers 13

The Israelites have now reached the Negeb desert, just south of Canaan where they are headed. God has Moses send one leader from each tribe into Canaan to spy out the country. The spies return with reports of a fruitful country with strong inhabitants, but Caleb of the tribe of Judah insists that they can overcome them with God’s help. The rest of the spies get cold feet and lie to the other Israelites about the Canaanites being giants who can’t be defeated.

Joshua is mentioned again (as one of the spies), but here Moses changes his name from Hoshea to Joshua. Which is strange, since he was already referred to as Joshua in Exodus.

Numbers 13:33
There we saw the Nephilim (the Anakites come from the Nephilim); and to ourselves we seemed like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.

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The movement from Sinai to Kadesh happens between chapter 10 and 13.


One Comment on “Bible study 130 – Numbers 13”

  1. […] can start, however, Caleb of Judah notes that Moses kind of promised him the lands he spied out in Numbers 13 (as a reward for not lying like the other spies), if you take Moses’ words 100% literally. So […]

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