Numbers – Chapter 13: Exploring Canaan

In the last chapter of Numbers (Chapter 12), Aaron and Miriam questioned God.  God got pissed because that’s what He does.  Miriam (not Aaron) was punished.  The female gets punished, but not the male.  God still hates women and thankfully Aaron didn’t have damaged testicles, because we’ve already seen God’s disgust toward those who have damaged testicles.  Let’s see what Chapter 13 brings us.

“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites. From each ancestral tribe send one of its leaders.’” – Numbers 13:1-2

Great, expcept the land is already occupied.  If this was the promised land God is giving to the Israelites, God could have given them an already empty land.  That would have been the loving and just thing to do.

“When Moses sent them to explore Canaan, he said, ‘Go up through the Negev and on into the hill country.  See what the land is like and whether the people who live there are strong or weak, few or many.’” – Numbers 13:17-18

Strong or weak, eh?  In other words, how easy will it be to slaughter them and take what is theirs and make it ours.

“Do your best to bring back some of the fruit of the land.” – Numbers 13:20

In other words, steal.  Didn’t God hand down a commandment that said not to steal?  Oh yeah, He did.  Moses ignores this commandment and God does nothing.

“We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit.  But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there.  The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.” – Numbers 13:27-29

Slaughtering these people won’t be easy.  The Israelites will need the help of God to slaughter the people already living there, the people who have done NOTHING to the Israelites.

“But the men who had gone up with him said, ‘We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.’” – Numbers 13:31

Unfortunately the reasoning her is disturbing.  Some of the Israelites say they shouldn’t attack the people of the land, but for the wrong reason.  The reason shouldn’t be because the other people are stronger than us.  It should be because attacking other people who have done nothing wrong is itself morally wrong.  We’ve had plenty of evidence God is not moral and here’s another piece to add to it.

In conclusion, Numbers 13 starts with Moses having some Israelites explore the land God has promised them.  The land is occupied and some are worried the people there are stronger.  Attacking another group for no reason is morally wrong, but will God stop it?  We’ll find out, but you can guess what the answer is based on the evidence of God’s ‘morality’ thus far in the Bible.

Coming Soon:  Numbers – Chapter 14:  The People Rebel


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