Join us as we dive deeper into the scripture passage from this past Sunday morning. Whether you’re in a group or just wanting to talk around the dinner table, you can use this discussion guide as we allow God’s word to shape us together in community!
What ways have you seen God at work in the past week?
Would you rather… be a spy or a political leader?
25 After exploring the land for forty days, the men returned 26 to Moses, Aaron, and the whole community of Israel at Kadesh in the wilderness of Paran. They reported to the whole community what they had seen and showed them the fruit they had taken from the land. 27 This was their report to Moses: “We entered the land you sent us to explore, and it is indeed a bountiful country—a land flowing with milk and honey. Here is the kind of fruit it produces. 28 But the people living there are powerful, and their towns are large and fortified. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak! 29 The Amalekites live in the Negev, and the Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in the hill country. The Canaanites live along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and along the Jordan Valley.”
30 But Caleb tried to quiet the people as they stood before Moses. “Let’s go at once to take the land,” he said. “We can certainly conquer it!”
31 But the other men who had explored the land with him disagreed. “We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are!” 32 So they spread this bad report about the land among the Israelites: “The land we traveled through and explored will devour anyone who goes to live there. All the people we saw were huge. 33 We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and that’s what they thought, too!”
14:1 Then the whole community began weeping aloud, and they cried all night. 2 Their voices rose in a great chorus of protest against Moses and Aaron. “If only we had died in Egypt, or even here in the wilderness!” they complained. 3 “Why is the Lord taking us to this country only to have us die in battle? Our wives and our little ones will be carried off as plunder! Wouldn’t it be better for us to return to Egypt?” 4 Then they plotted among themselves, “Let’s choose a new leader and go back to Egypt!”
Numbers 13:25 – 14:4 (NLT)
If you had been one of the spies, seeing that the land is great, but filled with enemies, what report would you have given?
a. Umm, there are giants. I’m out.
b. Common you all, don’t you remember Pharaoh’s army.
c. Well, the land is good, but not sure that outweighs the risk.
d. I’m good trying. It can’t be worse than this desert.
e. other _________________
What is the difference between the report the spies give Moses (verse 27-29) and the report they give to everyone else (verses 32-33)? What prompted them to make these “edits”?
Why do you think it is that after all that God has done for the Israelites (and the many spectacular ways he’s provided for them), and even standing here at the edge of the good land he promised, they still have trouble trusting Him and want to go back to Egypt?
In what ways are we similar?
What kinds of patterns do we end up in that keep us from the best of what God might have for us?
How might understanding our real identity and relationship with God help us trust and follow him out of these kinds of patterns?