“A land which devours those who dwell in it.”
~ Numbers 13:32

Before entering Israel, Moses sent a reconnaissance mission to spy it out. One of their findings was how tough life was there.

Is God sadistic – why make life in the Promised Land difficult?

The purpose of Israel is spiritual growth. In both Hebrew and English, the word ‘dwell’ also means to remain in one place. Those who don’t grow deteriorate, and are ‘devoured’.

Life in Israel is like running up an escalator: if you standing still spiritually, you’re going down.