The Return of the Spies

So the two men returned, and descended from the mountain, and passed over, and came to Joshua the son of Nun, and told him all things that befell them: And they said unto Joshua, Truly the Lord hath delivered into our hands all the land; for even all the inhabitants of the country do faint because of us. Joshua 2:23‭-‬24 KJV

The names of the spies are not given. These guys were strategic leaders who could only be used for special assignments. They didn’t just love life, they were determined young men focused to win. When the verse reads that they returned, you can feel the writer, when he paused to punctuate how the return was made. First, the descended, next they crossed the Jordan. Now pause and think about it. These were not contemporary electronic spies. All things had to be done manually. These guys were the toughest, and the most rugged top of the crop. For security reasons, they are not named. Later, when the twelve were sent, you could feel the difference. All these happened because of the strategic importance of Jericho. When they met Rahab, they only met their kind. The things that happened to them would have been other peoples central story, but for these two, the glazed over it, and registered their impression for conquest. These men were strategic leaders, good for special assignments. You need these kind of men in your team. The disciples were these kind of men. When you read of how they all died, without giving up on Christ, you know, that they were just as strategic as these two spies. The book of Revelation could only come to us, because one strategic leader didn’t give up on the Island of Patmos. May God give us men…men who ate not only strategic, but willing to jeopardize their lives for the vision. That is when vision succeeds.

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