“Only do not…fear the people of the land…; their protection has departed from them” (Num. 14:9 NKJ).
In this passage, Joshua and Caleb are exhorting the children of Israel to have confidence enough to go into the Promised Land and possess their inheritance.
Because the ten other spies had come back telling about the giants in the land, a great fear possessed the people. In this verse, the two men of God are urging them to overcome their fears and insecurities because the protection of their enemy is gone.
In the original Hebrew the word translated here as protection is tsel (tsale). It is defined as “a shade, a shadow, a cloud cover, or a defense like a roof affording protection.” The Amplified Bible translates this verse: …the shadow [of protection] is removed from over them, but the Lord is with us; fear them not.
Shadow is the Bible word for protection. The Prophet Isaiah says of the Lord, For thou hast been a…refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat… (Isa. 25:4).
This shadow is important. It encourages us when we are faced with all kinds of opposition and seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
In the New Testament, Peter’s shadow fell on people and they were healed (Acts 5:15). In the Old Testament, Solomon said of His God: “I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste” (Song of Sol. 2:3).
While under the shadow of the Almighty, we are safely covered while our enemy will end up getting “Son-stroke!”
Source: The Spirit-Filled Believer’s Daily Devotional by Dick Mills
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers