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Topic: Write in the ADVENTURE genre (05/24/07)
TITLE: "A trip to the land of the giants"
By Regina Atkins
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And now, I have my own story to tell. After the Israelites left Egypt, God led us in the desert to prepare us to enter the land he had promised to give our fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Before entering the land, Moses selected 12 men, one from each of the twelve tribes of Israel to spy out the land we would enter. I was chosen from the tribe of Judah. My friend, Joshua, was chosen from the tribe of Ephraim. Joshua shared my enthusiasm and excitement that God had chosen this time to fulfill his promise and give us the Promised Land.
We traveled the land for 40 days, throughout a beautiful land, over mountains and hilltops, through valleys and fertile plains, and we saw a land of fruitfulness. We were thrilled to see the cities that would one day be ours. We also saw the people that we would need to overcome in order to possess the land. But we were not afraid of their stature or their possessions. Although the greatest known giants lived in Hebron, Kirjath Arba and his son Anak, we were confident they were not a match for our Almighty God. We returned with our good report of all that we had seen, laden with grapes, pomegranates and figs. The land of the giants would become our land and we had nothing to fear for the Lord was with us. Joshua and I gave this good report in the presence of all the people before Moses. We concluded with “Let us to up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”
But the other 10 spies who had traveled with us to the land of the giants gave a different report. The threat of the giants loomed large in their minds, and their report instilled fear in the people of Israel who actually cried out to return to Egypt! They wrongly compared themselves to the giants of the land, rather than focusing on the Mighty God who had shown Himself powerful and miraculous in our deliverance out of Egypt! God accepted their refusal to enter the promise land and declared that only after 40 years would He then accomplish his promise to give the Israelites the land. Their children now 20 years of age or younger would be allowed to enter the promise land. It was at that time, that Joshua and I again entered into the land of the giants, with this younger generation. Joshua became Moses’ successor and as the land was apportioned to the 12 tribes of Israel, God granted that I would inherit with the tribe of Judah the area of Hebron, the land of the giants. And so, with strength and courage at the age of 85, I drove out the sons of Anak, Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai and the land of the giants is now my land. I have wholly followed the Lord my God, and God has granted my inheritance in the land of promise.
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