The others claimed total defeat. They saw only that the cirrent owners of the land as exceeding prosperous. Not willing to allow intruders to conquer them. They would rather tuck in they're tails and run back to Egypt and slavery than trust the God who delivered them.
Why the different views?
The remainder of the chapter of Numbers 14 shows us how a lack of faith and trust for God and all his great mercy and the miracles they saw brought about the defeat they saw. Caleb believed all that God had promised. He was ready to go forward and crush all opposition under his feet. Just to take the land God had promised.
The rest of the people God was ready to strike down with great pestilence and hardships because of the lack of faith. They denied God and all the great miracles he did for them since delivering them out of bondage. They were ready to return to that bondage then step forward in faith and trust in a loving God who delivered them from captivity.
It is a wonderful thing. Built in a heart of love open and willing to see and accept the things that are far off as if they were already in hand. That is faith at work.
One Gods great gifts for man.
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