the power of an evil report

Now the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land, who returned and made all the congregation complain against him by bringing a bad report of the land, those very men who brought the evil report about the land, died by the plague before the Lord.I was preparing my Bible study notes for the Torah portion which will be read this Sabbath, which is in Numbers, when I realized it was a perfect illustration of the importance and significance of what I have been hearing from the Lord. The history is in Num 13-14. Israel is camped on the edge of the Promised Land, and Moses sends in 12 spies to spy out the land and bring back a report to the congregation. Ten of the spies give an evil report, with only two giving a good report agreeing with what the Lord had said about it.

Because of listening to the evil report and not the good, the congregation experienced a 40- year delay in entering into their Promise. This is not a minor reminder the Lord is reminding me of. There is power for evil in listening to an evil report, just as there is power for good in listening to a good report. Help me to do the latter Father! ♥

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