REMINDER: Whose Report Will You Believe?



WHOSE REPORT WILL YOU BELIEVE?

By Rev. Dr. Teresa Allissa Citro

Founder and President of Thread of Hope, Inc.


Recently, God brought to my mind Numbers 13 and 14.


I had this overwhelming desire to go back and read this incredible account. I knew God wanted to say something. I was right, He did, and I’m excited to share it with you.


Numbers 13 is about possession, victory, and blessings except the total opposite happened: dispossession, defeat, and curses ended up to be the Israelites' portion, Numbers 14. How very sad.


Let me give you a little bit of that historic event. Moses was told by God to send twelve spies, who represented the Twelve Tribes of Israel to spy the land, and bring back its fruit. 12 men were chosen. One person representing the twelve tribes went. Caleb (Tribe of Judah) and Joshua (tribe of Ephraim.) were two of the twelve.


Upon their return they said the land was indeed flowing with milk and honey (meaning was bountiful and blessed.) It was a great land. “Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there.” They saw giants. The descendants of Anak were giants, and those leaders got scared, frightened to death.


Now, the whole point of God taking them out of the land of Egypt was to bring them into their own land. Wasn’t that the promise God made them back in Exodus before they got there? “I have promised to rescue you from your oppression in Egypt. I will lead you to a land flowing with milk and honey—the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live.” They knew all along who was living in that land flowing with milk and honey. The question is: what changed? They ran into a little problem. The descendants of Anak lived in the south of the land. The giants scared them. Did you ever wonder why God didn’t tell them when they left Egypt the Amalekites would be in their new land?