Numbers 13:1 says this:
“Adonai spoke to Moses saying, ‘Send some mean on your behalf to investigate the land of Canaan, which I am giving to Bnei-Yisrael (Children of Israel).” (TLV)
This section of Scripture can teach us much as believers in the Messiah of Israel. The spies went into the “Promised Land” and saw many wondrous things. They saw a land that was bountiful and wonderful, however, they also saw giants and walls around the cities.
Matthew 28:19 says this:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, immersing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Ruach ha-Kodesh (Holy Spirit), teaching them to observe all I have commanded you. And remember! I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (TLV)
Here we have more people being sent, not just to the Promised Land this time, this time into the entire world.
If you’ve been a follower of Yeshua for a while and have gone out into the world, then you know. You know that we still encounter giants and walls. People have “giants” in their lives that they need to overcome; “giants” like addictions, pride, selfishness, sins, etc. To top it off, usually, there are “walls” around these people’s lives that have to fall before the giants can be dealt with. None of those giants or walls can be taken care of by us. It’s the Lord’s work to make those walls fall and topple those giants. He uses us, yes, but it is not by our own efforts.
When we go into the world, just as the Master sends us, it is easy to get overwhelmed and fearful of what we see. As we look around at the world today, there seem to be more giants and walls than ever before. The giants are tall and strong. The walls are high and thick. However, it’s still no match for the King of the Universe.
I think this is why the Master added to the end of his command to go out into the world, “And remember! I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” He knew we’d face giants and walls that would scare us, that would make us like the spies who went into Canaan. We would become fearful and decide that we are no match for what we are facing. We would say that we “seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” (Numbers 13:33 NIV)
However, we know how that story turned out. After many years, they went up into the Land and the walls fell and the giants toppled. It only happened when the Lord went with them. It’s the same for us today. We can’t go out and make disciple in our own timing or in our own strength. The Lord has to go with us. That’s the only way giants and walls fall. We see this in Numbers 14:44 & 45 when the Israelites tried to take the Land anyway after they were told they had to wait.
In Hebrew, those who are sent are called “Shelachim” or “sent ones.” This is the meaning of the Greek word “Apostles.” As followers of the Master we are also Shelachim. However, we are not all sent to the same places. Some are sent to the world, others are sent to nations, still others are sent to regions and some to cities. Most of us are sent to those around us; our immediate circle of influence. And we must not mistake the importance of that. It is just as valuable and important for us to be obedient to the Lord when we are sent to only those in our everyday circle. Every life is important.
Giants are still giants and walls are still walls no matter how close to home they are. Your next-door neighbor may be facing a dozen giants everyday. The co-worker that annoys you might have the thickest walls you’ve ever seen. Those giants and walls won’t fall unless we are obedient and go when we’re told to go. So listen and have your shoes laced up and ready. When the Lord tells you its time for you to go, go forth and be a giant slayer; go forth and tear down walls. The Lord is with you always, even to the end of the age.