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Caleb & Joshua: Overcoming the Impossible Numbers 13:26-14:10 Have you ever had to do something that you believed was

impossible? How you feel? The people of Israel felt that way after the twelve spies that Moses sent out to explore the Promised Land returned with their report. God had freed Israel from slavery in Egypt and had miraculously provided for them in the desert. Now he asked them to trust him by invading the Promised Land. The problem was that the land had large, well-fortified cities and was filled with giants. It seemed impossible. 1. Read Numbers 13:26-14:10. What report do the spies give to Moses, Aaron and the Israelite community after forty days of spying out the land (Numbers 13:26-29)?

2. What does Caleb say when he give returns to the camp and gives his report (Numbers 13:30)?

3. What other information do the rest of the spies give to oppose the report of Caleb (Numbers 13:31-33)?

4. How do the people react to the different reports (Numbers 14:1-4, 10)?

5. Why do you think they want to return to Egypt so badly?

6. How do Joshua and Caleb respond to the unbelief of the people (Numbers 14:6-9)?

7. Why do they come to an entirely different conclusion than the other ten spies?

8. Due to their lack of faith, this generation of Israelites, except for Joshua and Caleb, never entered the Promised Land (Numbers 32:10-12). Can our lack of faith prevent us from experiencing God's blessing and power in our lives?

9. Do you have "giants" facing you today? What steps can you take from their example to deal with your "giants"?

10. How can the example of Caleb and Joshua encourage you to trust God more fully in one seemingly impossible situation in your life?