28th May 2019

Espionage

“Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them.”
Numbers 13:2 (NKJV)

There is lot of spying going on in today’s world. Through news media we often hear of spies expelled from the nations as they are caught in their scandalous activities. We have a new word—cyber-attack—by which our personal data is sabotaged. Based on a Commission to assess threat to the U.S.A. in 2004, Electromagnetic Pulse is another device by which power stations could be crippled and halt the functioning of electric gadgets in our homes.

There is nothing new under the sun. Spying was taking place 3500 years ago as we read in the header scripture. God Himself directed Moses to send spies to search out the promised land. They went up and down the country and found it was very rich and fertile, a land flowing with milk and honey. After 40 days, they brought samples of pomegranates, figs and a cluster of grapes so heavy that two men had to carry it. Could producers of grapes today duplicate such a crop of grapes? The spies reported to Moses, “The people of Anak were big and some were giants in whose eyes we were grasshoppers, and the cities were fortified and large.”

Question is: Why would God suggest such an act of espionage? As our God is Omniscient and knew the stiff necked-ness of Israel and their rebellious hearts, God wanted to be fair, so that they would have no excuse to bring any accusation against Him. But they did it anyway. In Numbers 14 we find that they did not believe God and refused to enter the promised land because of the negative report by the ten spies. In fact, they wanted to go back to Egypt. Only Joshua and Caleb were filled with faith and encouraged them to believe God, who would give them victory. What happened? The people wanted to stone them, but God intervened. As a result of the peoples’ rebellion, all those over twenty years old died in the wilderness while wandering for 40 years, except Joshua and Caleb.

There is a lesson for us to learn. Do we trust God who is able to perform what He has promised? Abraham was fully convinced of God’s power to fulfill His promise, and that was accounted to him for righteousness, but it is written also for us, so we read that His righteousness is imputed to us, who believe in God who raised up His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord from the dead (Romans 4:20-24).

But in the reign of Jesus, He will bring peace, prosperity and plenty; and there will be no more wars, but harmony. No need of espionage in the Kingdom of God. All nations will be blessed as they will learn to walk in the way of God and love one another (Isaiah 2:1-4).

Prayer
Father in heaven, thank You for Your glorious Kingdom, when every nation will bow down before Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. In His Worthy name, I praise You.
Amen

Study by Natu Moti
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About the Author:
Natu Moti is a Deacon in the Birmingham Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God, UK, a part of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
BIRMINGHAM
B23 7QB

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