The Grace To Not “Spy” Again

In Numbers 13 we have the infamous passage where Moses sends out 12 men “to spy” out the land of Canaan. When only Joshua and Caleb return with a good report, the people begin to grumble and complain, the LORD is angered, kills the 10 unbelieving spies {14:36} and informs the nation that the older unbelieving generation will not inherit the land of promise. That alone will be reserved for the younger generation {14:26-35}.

But lest we think that God is not functioning with grace anymore to the Israelites, let us turn to chapter 15 where we see GRACE in action in verse 39. This is where a working knowledge of Hebrew comes in handy. The same word that was used in Numbers 13:2 for “to spy out” is also used in 15:39: “You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the LORD, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by SPYING OUT after the lusts of your own heart and eyes.”

Here we see the LORD graciously giving the Israelites tassals on their garments to remind themselves to not break his commandments again. He gives the grace to not “spy” again. Grace, grace indeed!


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