Numbers 13:17-20 (KJV)
And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get you
And see the land, what it is; and the people that dwelleth 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
Moses sent the spies to gather information about the land. It seems to me he had commissioned them to bring back something encouraging, helpful; something that would excite the people with hope. They came back instead with an evil reportabout the inhabitants. They were appointed to be encouragers. They were instead discouragers.
It’s happened to me that I have asked someone to do a ministry, thinking they would be a blessing, but they turned that ministry into an opportunity to cause pain and hurt.
I understand that there are dangers and difficulties that need to be reported but it is seldom a good idea to do that unless it is reported:
- At the right time,
- To the right persons and
- On the right platform
Otherwise use your opportunities of service to be an encouragement rather than a discouragement.
They technically followed Moses’ instructions and brought some of the fruit of the land. There are people to attempt to justify their rebellion by obeying some part of their instructions that appeals to them or does not interfere with their rebellious intent.
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Numbers 13:17-20 Be An Encourager
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