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June 21, 2020
Deuteronomy 1:26-31 New International Version (NIV)
26 But you were unwilling to go up; you rebelled against the command of the Lord your God. 27 You grumbled in your tents and said, “The Lord hates us; so he brought us out of Egypt to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us. 28 Where can we go? Our brothers have made our hearts melt in fear. They say, ‘The people are stronger and taller than we are; the cities are large, with walls up to the sky. We even saw the Anakites there.’”
29 Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. 30 The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, 31 and in the wilderness. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”
Background (The Bible Knowledge Commentary)
1:26–33. In their fear the Israelites exaggerated about the size of the cities in Canaan, saying they were walled up to the sky. The most terrifying feature of the spies’ report seems to have been the mention of the presence of the Anakites (v. 28) in Canaan, traditionally identified as an ancient clan of giants (cf. Num. 13:32–33). Out of cowardice the people rebelled and grumbled against the Lord (cf. Ex. 15:24; 16:2; 17:3). This illustrates how deliberate, defiant sin corrupts one’s view of God. The people claimed, the Lord hates us, and said He delivered them from Egypt only to destroy them by the hands of the Amorites. Israel had reasoned in a similar way in the wilderness (Ex. 16:3; 17:3). Their description of the people (stronger and taller than we are) reveals that they thought their task was impossible for both themselves and God.
Jack S. Deere, “Deuteronomy,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 1 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 263–264.
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