Summary: Exploring Canaan. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: email@example.com)
• Hebrews chapter 11 verses 1-6.
• Numbers chapter 13 verses 1-33.
There are some things in life which are better caught than taught!
• Vision & faith.
• Quote: “Church has never had….television”.
• Both vision and faith are better caught than taught
• Ill: Meseals (infectious). Be around people who have them.
• The bishop's car ran out of petrol,
• But much to his relief his wife remembered passing a garage half a mile back down the road.
• He searched the boot for a container,
• But he could only find his baby grandson's potty, so it had to do!
• He trudged to the petrol station,
• Then back with a full container.
• The leader of a new independent church, driving by,
• Recognised a fellow Christian in need 'and stopped his car to offer-help.
• As he approached he saw the bishop pour the contents of the potty into the tank.
• The man-gasped and said:
'If I'd known they had faith like that in the Church of England I'd never have left!'
Question: What is faith?
Answer: Faith is believing God!
• Faith is taking God at his word;
• And there is nothing new about it.
• Throughout all generations God has withheld the evidence of things visible;
• So that people would have to trust in his promise and believe him!
There are two sides to faith
• Saving faith.
• Experimental faith.
• Saving faith is primary and fits us for heaven.
• Experimental faith is secondary and fits us for earth.
• Saving faith is intangible (it cannot be measured).
• Experimental faith is tangible (it produces results that can be tested).
• But remember the order:
• Saving faith needs to come first.
• Saving faith is a heart persuasion;
• That Jesus has done all that was needed to secure our salvation
• Saving faith is passive;
• It requires nothing but belief and trust!
Experimental faith lies in the will:
• It is active;
• It too focuses on Jesus and is inspired into activity.
• Faith leads us outside ourselves;
• Because it perceives its object – God.
When a Christian exercises faith:
• They are living by the faithfulness of God, that he keeps his word;
• And they are convinced that his intervention is worth waiting for!
We will see tonight that both Joshua & Caleb had faith:
• While the rest of the nation, sadly did not!
• Only 2 men out of a population of about 2 million people!
There has been an Exodus (a mass departure):
• The Hebrews (Children of Israel) who were slaves in Egypt;
• Have been sprung free, allowed to leave the ghetto of Goshan.
• They are now through the boundaries of the Red Sea;
• And they are on the edge of the promised land.
This is a great moment in their history:
• They are on the edge of this new territory to claim;
• Knowing that God (the God who had delivered them from slavery) had told them in was theirs.
• God tells them (verse 1) to send out 12 spies. One from each of the 12 tribes of Israel.
• In military terms they are going to do a recognisance.
• They are to check out the area, to see what is there,
• So that they might know how best to plan out the invasion as they claim their land.
Moses the leader needs to know certain information as he plans his next move:
• Verse 18-19: He wants to know what the land is like.
• Is the soil fertile or poor, are their trees in the land or not.
• He even requests that they bring some of the fruit back for him to taste and enjoy.
• He wants to know if the people who live there are many or few.
• Are they weak or strong?
• Do they dwell in tents or in fortified cities?
• Verses 21-23: Tells us where they went exploring:
• Verse 25 tells us that, their exploring lasted for forty days.
If you want to know who was selected for this mission;
• They are actually named in verses 4-16.
• Our two heroes Joshua & Caleb, get name checks in verse 6, 8 & 16
• For those left behind (The Children of Israel)
• It must have been anxious 40 days awaiting their report.
Note: The assignment (verse 1):
• Their assignment was to spy out the land.
• No-one ever asked for their opinion as to whether they could take the land!
• That would have been a very foolish thing to ask them;
• Because God had already told the nation that is was theirs!