August 26, 2015 - The Year of Restoration

A Best Self Journey through Bible Study
Session III: The Book of Numbers - “Spying Out the Land!”
God promised Israel more than deliverance from oppression. They were promised
a land where could flourish and reach their fullest potential.
“The LORD said to Moses, 2 "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
Moses knew when that although the land was “promised” to them by God, they
were going to have to work to obtain it. That’s why he sent them on a “factfinding” mission.
“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. What kind of land do they live in? Is it good or bad? What
kind of towns do they live in? Are they unwalled or fortified? How is the soil? Is it fertile
or poor? Are there trees on it or not? Do your best to bring back some of the fruit of the
land." – Numbers 13: 17-20
The group that explored the area spent a lot of time in the area before returning
back with their report.
“At the end of forty days they returned from exploring the land.” Numbers 13:25
Moses choice of representatives was not arbitrary and was designed to bring back a
blueprint of their conquest of the land. However, ten of the spies were unable to
overcome their feelings of inferiority.
"And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored.
They said, "The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there
are of great size. 33 We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the
Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to
them.” Numbers 13:32-33
Discussion: How do we guard ourselves from falling victim to a slave mentality
when confronted by obstacles?
Best Self Tenet:
The object of life is to flourish. Our inner divinity gives us the natural inner drive to
attain the highest expression of our humanity. Best Self Theology exists to facilitate
human flourishing.”
Next Week: Chapter 14: “The Lord is with Us!”
Historical Background: