Send on your behalf – Sh’lach l’Cha & the “One New Man”
By Eric Carlson in April 2022, newsletter-post on March 31, 2022
I would like to share with you the “One New Man” in Ephesians 2:14-15. In this passage Sha’ul tells us “For he himself is our shalom – he has made us both one and has broken down the m’chitzah which divided us 15 by destroying in his own body the enmity occasioned by the Torah, with its commands set forth in the form of ordinances. He did this in order to create in union with himself from the two groups a single new humanity and thus make shalom,” We know Biblically that it is the Father’s heart that we (Jew and Gentile) come together as one in Messiah Yeshua. I would like to show you a prophetic revelation of the “One New Man” found in Numbers Chapter 13 (in order to save space I will ask you to read Numbers 13 at home from your Bible). This passage is about the Children of Israel’s refusal to enter in and conquer the promise land as God had ordered. The Israelites chose instead to send spies and reconnoiter the land, even though God had already given it to them. God spoke unto Moses and said “Sh’lach l’cha” (send for yourselves as it translates to English) spies. God didn’t need spies, or the land reconnoitered! He had already made known His covenant promise, the Promised Land was ours! This spirit of hardened hearts and rebellion that Israel displayed is still prevalent today among those serving the Lord! Through Yeshua we have God’s promise of Healing, Wholeness, Restored Relationships, Restored Marriages, Restored Minds, Broken Curses, Cured Addictions, and ALL Our Provisions met! The promises are ours, given to us by Yeshua! Many today fail to claim these promises. This is why we are so often not victorious; our hearts are hardened. We hesitate, reconnoiter, and attempt to send spies to scout our problems, to find a way around them, instead of claiming victory over, and conquering them! We can do this because Yeshua has already won the battle and given us the authority to do so!
Twelve spies, one from each tribe, were selected and sent to reconnoiter the promise land for 40 days. Upon their return they brought reports of abundant crops and a cluster of grapes so large that it took two men to carrying it on their shoulders slung on a pole. Despite seeing evidence of all of the “milk and honey” as God had promised, ten of the twelve spies reported to Moses and the people that the land was filled with large giants who made the Israelites look like tiny grasshoppers. They reported that the land “could not be taken”. Considering the miracles God had granted them in the Exodus from Egypt, it is nearly impossible to comprehend that the Israelites cried out again, saying it would have been better to stay Egypt, even though they knew God was with them by evidence of all His miracles! You could take them out of Egypt but you couldn’t take Egypt out of them!
Two very famous spies of the twelve, Joshua (also known as Ephraim Hosea, son of Nun) and Caleb made a very different report. Caleb said in Numbers 13:30 “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” God’s anger flared at those who balked at taking possession of the land and the entire generation would perish in the wilderness and never enter the land. Caleb and Joshua however found favor with the Lord for their faith, belief, and their representation of the Lord. These two men of God were allowed to enter the Promised Land and receive their inheritance!
Now, here’s the “One New Man” scriptural revelation! Caleb was not Jewish! He was a Kenizzite (Numbers 32:12), a group of people from the area North and East of the land of Israel in what is now present-day Syria. Caleb was a proselytite, a convert the Jewish People. Caleb was integrated into the tribe of Judah and was selected as one of the twelve spies. Caleb and Joshua were one of the first of the “One New Man” in the bible, a Jew and Gentile who came together as one to inherit the promises given to Abraham. Not only were Joshua and Caleb a prototype “One New Man”, but they were also the only two of the twelve spies who said the land could be taken. The promises, fullness, and completeness of the Kingdom of God are for the Jew and Gentile, together as the “One New Man”. It is the “One New Man” who will enter God’s rest in Hebrews 4:6-11. Yeshua’s plan for us is to stand together as one!
Joshua and Caleb set a mighty the example for us! Our report should be “The Harvest is ripe and it is ours! We should immediately reap for we are able and harvest fields are ripe! We can take it! There are many giants, there will be troubles, but we can do it for the Lord is with us! Yeshua has already won the victory!” Don’t send spies when you are in tribulation! Don’t hesitate when you need a healing! Don’t give up on unsaved family members or friends! Claim your victory! Enter your spiritual Promised Land! For we are well able to overcome any tribulation, sickness, or curse for we have overcome by the blood of Yeshua, He has given us the promise! It’s up to us to take the victory!
May you have the Victory and Joy of Yeshua in your life daily!