Remember the story
about Aaron and
Hur having to hold up Moses arms so the Israelites
could be successful in battle against the Amalekites at
Rephidim. Well, JOSHUA was the man leading the
JOSHUA was the minister of Moses and he went with Moses
part way up Mt. Sinai each time Moses went to get the 10
one of the 12 men who spied out the land of Canaan.
This was country where the children of Anak lived; they
were very big
people like Goliath.
The spies were instructed by Moses to walk through the
land for 40 days and to see if the land
was good and to bring back some of the fruit of the
land was good! And the fruit was HUGE,
just like the people that lived there. It took
two men just to carry one
cluster of grapes back home!
the inhabitants of the land were big and strong looking,
the ten other spies reported to Moses and the people
that they 'should not go there'.
The ten spies said that the inhabitants were
that the spies looked like grasshoppers compared to
JOSHUA and Caleb said, "Yes, we should go up and
possess the land, NOW; for we are well able to take it."
people believed the 10 spies and began to organize a
trip back to Egypt. (How stupid would that be for
the Israelites to go back to a land of people that made
them slaves; instead of having faith that God would help
them overcome the Anakites and the Jebusites and the
Amalekites and the Hittites and Amorites.)
that is kind of fun to say!
The people were ready to take stones and
stone JOSHUA and Caleb to death. There was a lot
of screaming back and forth:
Yes, we should go!
No we should not go!
Finally, God had had enough! He told Moses that he
was ready to kill every one of the Israelites and make
another nation that would be even greater. But,
Moses begged God to forgive the people. Moses
said, "The Egyptians will hear about it and will make
fun of you, saying that you could not deliver the
decided to prevent the men of war (20 years old and up) from entering the
promised land because of their unbelief and lack of
faith in a God that had already showed them so many
signs. Only JOSHUA and Caleb would get to enter
the promised land because they wholly followed the Lord.
This is when God decided that the Israelites would
wander in the wilderness for 40 years waiting for the
'men of war' to die.