Not Grasshoppers

[Written Especially for Children]

A Group of boys and girls in the fourth grade in school were studying the story of the Hebrews in their class in Ancient History. Each morning their teacher spent a part of the period reading to them from the Bible. The lesson one morning dwelt on the Hebrews' escape from their bondage in Egypt. Under the tender protection of God's loving guidance, the Israelites had crossed the Red Sea in safety. However, on the other side, fear overtook them, and they forgot temporarily God's care and were afraid to press on and claim the promised land; for they had heard reports that the inhabitants of that land were enormous in stature.

After the men returned, whom Moses "by the commandment of the Lord" had sent "to spy out the land of Canaan," Caleb took an advance party to go to "possess" the land, but these men returned discouraged and afraid, saying, "We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we." Anxious to give up the venture, they continued, "And there we saw the giants, ... and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight."

The teacher then asked the class if anyone could explain the meaning of "grasshoppers" as the word was used in the Biblical story. One little boy of ten raised his hand and with a thoughtful expression said, "Yes, I think I can."

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February 7, 1942

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