God told Moses to send a group of men from the tribes to scout out the land. He had Moses pick a leader from each of the tribes. From the tribe of Ephraim, Moses picked his assistant and friend Joshua. These men were to go into the land and give it a real once over. After all, these folks had not been there in 400 years, odds were that the landscape had changed a bit.
It is important to note that these men were leaders of their tribes, and could therefore represent them. God wanted to make sure that there was no tribe that was left unrepresented. So, after all these years, the people of Israel would finally allow God to grant them their inheritance–or would they? Joshua’s presence in the group was important. He did see things from a leader’s perspective. Moses would rely heavily on his input. Joshua had a very intimate glimpse into God and His ways. He knew God’s heart and perspective. He would be invaluable.
As we continue on our journey with God. We too have the unique perspective of seeing God’s hand and handiwork in our lives. We have to view life through our filter of faith. We need to be mindful of all God has accomplished in our lives; as we view the trials and events that lie before us. If we will do that–like Joshua, we will have a better perspective of what lies ahead. Hebrews 11:1 describes it best, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Moses trained Joshua to be a leader guided by his faith in God. That Faith would literally carry Joshua all the days of his life.
God Bless You
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.”
3 So at the Lord’s command Moses sent them out from the Desert of Paran. All of them were leaders of the Israelites. 4 These are their names:
from the tribe of Reuben, Shammua son of Zakkur;
5 from the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat son of Hori;
6 from the tribe of Judah, Caleb son of Jephunneh;
7 from the tribe of Issachar, Igal son of Joseph;
8 from the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea son of Nun;
9 from the tribe of Benjamin, Palti son of Raphu;
10 from the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel son of Sodi;
11 from the tribe of Manasseh (a tribe of Joseph), Gaddi son of Susi;
12 from the tribe of Dan, Ammiel son of Gemalli;
13 from the tribe of Asher, Sethur son of Michael;
14 from the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi son of Vophsi;
15 from the tribe of Gad, Geuel son of Maki.
16 These are the names of the men Moses sent to explore the land. (Moses gave Hoshea son of Nun the name Joshua.)