The Majority Report


Numbers 13:30-33
    
There is such a thing as a “Mob Mentality.”  Perhaps you’ve heard of it and possibly even experienced it.  Too often people follow the crowd without thinking for themselves.  This can get us into serious trouble.  One outspoken individual can persuade a few others who join in the loud demands, and pretty soon a small army ensues.  This happened in Bible times in a memorable episode in the wilderness journey of the Children of Israel.   If the Israelites had remembered God’s admonition in Exodus 23:2 (NKJV) ² “You shall not follow a crowd to do evil; nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after many to pervert justice” they could have been spared 40 years of wandering.
Theirs is such a familiar story for us:  Numbers 13:30-33 (KJV) ³⁰And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. ³¹But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. ³²And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. ³³And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.”
This was a pathetic story in which a whole generation threw away its opportunities.  God had planned great things for them and they “limited God” by listening to the majority report.  God will not force His blessings on those who do not wish to receive them.  He will not give you what you do not want or will not accept.  A later generation learned this the hard way.   John 1:11-12 (KJV) ¹¹ “He came unto his own, and his own received him not. ¹²But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”
Why did Israel fail?  Because of a lack of faith.  They saw the giants clearer than they saw the Lord.  That kind of vision will always cause us to fail.  Joshua and Caleb saw the giants as well, but they had faith in a greater Power, a faith in God.   Because of a lack of wholesome self-respect for God’s promises, in their eyes they were as grasshoppers.  
They also failed because of unwillingness to pay the price of success.  God will not give what we will not take.  We must keep His Word to receive His benefits to us.  Revelation 3:8 (KJV) ⁸ “I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.”  These people were willing to obey God in a time when it was not easy to confess His name.  To win we must be willing to pay the price.  
There were two in Numbers Chapter 13 that did not follow the majority report.  Numbers 13:30 (KJV)   ³⁰ “And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.”

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