The spies saw two things:
- The fruitful land and
- The giants
Keep in mind that faith is the evidence of things not seen. (Heb 11:1)
They were able to see the fruit with their own eyes, so no faith was required, so to speak. While they also saw the giants, they needed faith in order to defeat them but since faith isn’t seen through the natural eye, they retreated in fear.
It’s a battle of the seen and the unseen.
The physical and the spiritual.
Relying on us or YHVH.
Think of the garden. There was a similar battle between the seen and the unseen. Eve could see the Tree of Knowledge but the command to avoid it is not seen. (because words cannot be seen in physical form) So then, the serpent shows up and temps her to doubt the unseen command and offered a different interpretation of the consequences.
Although Eve wasn’t in rebellion, she was deceived due to the fact that she stopped having faith by not believing what YHVH had commanded. You cannot have faith and belief in two opposing commands simultaneously.
So Eve then placed her faith in the unseen but a different unseen – the one from the serpent along with what she could see which was how beautiful the fruit was. So she had a doubly whammy! I’ll explain…
Usually when we are tempted, it’s YHVH’s command (unseen) vs what we see. The battle ensues. We have a desire to sin yet we know the act is wrong because we believe His command exactly how He wrote it. But Eve didn’t know it was wrong because the serpent replaced the command and consequences entirely!!! So in her mind it was probably a ‘win-win’ situation. She could eat this beautiful fruit AND be obedient to YHVH – at least in her mind. How wrong she was! Double whammy!
So let this be a lesson to all of us. If we see something we want, yet we know YHVH’s command (unseen) forbids it, let’s make the right choice and go with the unseen. Let’s not rationalize our sin, and change the command and consequences like the serpent did, and obey Father’s commands.