Exploring the Land

04 Nov
English: Moses and the Messengers from Canaan,...

English: Moses and the Messengers from Canaan, by Giovanni Lanfranco, oil on canvas, 85-3/4 x 97 inches, at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Those Israelites that Moses was leading sure had to hang out in the desert for a long time before God would let them go to the Promised Land.

Really? They finally were almost there? Are they going to march right in and take over?

Oh. They sent some explorers in first, huh? That’s what God told Moses to do? I guess that’s a pretty good idea. Could I go with them? I could wear my explorer hat.

What do you mean, I don’t have an explorer hat?

I wouldn’t run off. Really I wouldn’t.

I’m listening.

Moses sent a leader from each of the twelve tribes of Israel to explore the land. He told them to see what the people were like and what kind of land they lived in. He told them to see if the towns were fortified or not, if the land was good for farming, and if there were trees. And he asked them to bring back some of the fruit of the land.

Could they bring back some dog treats too?

Yes, I’ll listen.

Those men explored the land for forty days and when they came back they brought a branch with a cluster of grapes that was so big it took two of them to carry it on a pole between them.

That’s a lot of grapes. I hope they’ll share some with me.

What do you mean, dogs aren’t supposed to eat grapes? I think they should go back then and get something I can eat. A nice meaty bone maybe.

I’ve been listening all along.

The explorers told Moses that the land truly was a land flowing with milk and honey, but the people were powerful, the cities fortified, and they even saw giants.

Only Caleb and Joshua said that they should go take the land, because those two knew that God was with them and they could do it.

The other ten explorers turned the Israelites against Moses and Aaron and they all grumbled. They were afraid they would all die by the sword and their wives and children would be taken as plunder. They wanted to choose a leader to take them back to Egypt.

The Lord became angry with the people, and Moses had to talk Him out of destroying them and using Moses to start a new nation.

So what happened? Did they go back to Egypt?

They did? They had to hang out in the desert for forty years? Wow! That’s a long time.

No way! God said everyone over twenty except Joshua and Caleb would die in the desert during those forty years? And their children would be the ones to take the land?

Do you think when those children go in there they could get me some treats?


Posted by on November 4, 2012 in Bongo, Dogology, humor


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14 responses to “Exploring the Land

  1. marina kanavaki

    November 4, 2012 at 11:35 am

    …well, if they don’t get you treats, then what good are they?!!!!

    • Bongo

      November 4, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      I agree Marina. And I hope they know what kind to get me since my person says I’m not supposed to eat grapes.

  2. Long Life Cats and Dogs

    November 4, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Oh Bongo – just wanting the treats 😀 Great story telling. Thank you.

    • Bongo

      November 4, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      Thanks Susan. I’m still waiting for the treats though.

  3. runningwithellen

    November 5, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Since they’re going by foot, you’ll be waiting a long time, I’m afraid.

    • Bongo

      November 5, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      I could get really hungry. Maybe I should follow them and help them find the treats.

  4. eripanwkevin

    November 5, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Wow…forty years is quite long…isn’t it? I wonder if those people really have to die in the desert during forty years…..?

    • Bongo

      November 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Kevin, my person says the only ones over twenty that made it into the Promised Land were Joshua and Caleb. Of course all the children who were alive at the time were between 40 and 60 when they crossed over into the Promised Land and they had children and grandchildren of their own.

  5. snoopys@snoopysdogblog

    November 5, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Hey Bongo,

    Did they get you something other than Grapes buddy?

    Hope you’re having a fun day 🙂

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    • Bongo

      November 5, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      Snoopy, I’m still waiting for them to come back with some different treats – but at least my person gave me a few in the meantime.

  6. Mag (Chancy's Mumsy)

    November 6, 2012 at 10:34 am

    We don’t think we would like having to wander around in the desert for 40 years sweet Bongo. We bet there would not be treats if we had to stay that long in the desert. We enjoyed your story sweet Bongo. Hugs and nose kisses

    • Bongo

      November 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      Thanks Chancy and Mumsy. I guess 40 years would be a long time in the desert. And I bet there aren’t any pet food stores there that sell dog treats. Hugs and nose kisses back to you.

  7. colliesofthemeadow

    November 10, 2012 at 7:40 am

    It makes one wonder that after seeing all the miracles of God that they still lacked faith… interesting…. Ginger says if you and her had been there you two would’ve took it over and ruled it with a iron paw!

    • Bongo

      November 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      Collies, it seems like even when Jesus walked the earth and did miracles many people followed him for the miracles and not for who He is. Ginger I think they still need us to rule. Let’s get at it!


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