Seeing Bread in Giants


Numbers 14

21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were of those who searched the land, rent their clothes;

and they spoke unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, “The land which we passed through to search it is an exceeding good land.

If the Lord delight in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land which floweth with milk and honey.

Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their defense has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Fear them not.”

10 But all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel.

24 But My servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him and hath followed Me fully, him will I bring into the land where into he went, and his seed shall possess it.”


Dear friends,

The above passage was the passage for my spiritual food yesterday. It was one of Pastor Joseph Prince’s passages and he loves to share how Caleb saw the giants in the land as food for him. Well in his meditation series, the above verse was the verse for us to chew on. As I was pondering on this, I could not help but to feel the impression of the Spirit to read the above passage in Hebrew.

Here’s what I discovered. The 10 spies when they looked at the people in the land called them “Nephili, Nephili” or how your Bible terms it “Nephilims” loosely translated “giants”.

Joshua and Caleb however used a different term when he saw these giants, they used this word:



From H6004; a people (as a congregated unit); specifically a tribe (as those of Israel); hence (collectively) troops or attendants; figuratively a flock: – folk, men, nation, people.

Joshua and Caleb saw them as a little flock.

When the people saw the people they were told to conquer, they saw giants and it led to a rebellion and there was division in God’s people.

I want us to see how Joshua and Caleb looked at the situation.

Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their defense has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Fear them not.”

Bread! Food to chew on. Check the following translation:

Numbers 14:9

The Message (MSG)

6-9 Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, members of the scouting party, ripped their clothes and addressed the assembled People of Israel: “The land we walked through and scouted out is a very good land—very good indeed. If God is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land that flows, as they say, with milk and honey. And he’ll give it to us. Just don’t rebel against God! And don’t be afraid of those people. Why, we’ll have them for lunch! They have no protection and God is on our side. Don’t be afraid of them!”

Numbers 14:9

Expanded Bible (EXB)

Don’t ·turn [rebel] against the Lord! Don’t be afraid of the people in that land! We will chew them up. They have no protection, but the Lord is with us. So don’t be afraid of them.”

Why bread?

The Hebrew word for bread is:


Now the children of Israel was at war. The Hebrew word for war is:


And they were divided.

What can you say about a culture that uses the same root —  (lamed, het, mem) — for both bread  (lehem, accent on the first syllable) and war, (milhama)? Do (lehem) and  (milhama) really come from the same root? It’s a good question, and to answer it one must invoke a third use of the root. It seems that  (laham) means not only “he did battle” and “he ate bread” but also “he joined together.”


Dear friends,

When Caleb looked into the situation of division and war, Caleb saw bread. If you look carefully into the word “milhama” (war) you see right in the centre the alphabets:  which simply means “bread”.  It also means “he joined together”.


He saw his trials as his lunch, his provision and source of his strength. So in his vision, Caleb saw in the midst of war and opportunity for growth and to pull people together.

Dear friends,

Can I take this a bit further?

I believe when Caleb looked into the situation, he was looking for his provision rather than at his lack. While he said the giants as his food, it does not tell us what gave him the “nourishment “ to see things his way.

The Lord however gives us a clue, He called Caleb a man who of a different spirit. While many emphasized that “he followed the Lord fully”, I wish to highlight it was this “different spirit” that allowed him to follow the Lord fully. Yup, it is the Holy Spirit.  This is because the words “follow fully” in Hebrew simply meant “being filled”.  It also means “to be nourished”.

Hence, Caleb when looking for bread in times of trouble, in times of war, in times of division.

What about us? Where is our strength, where is our nourishment, where is the one thing that joins us together?


The word for bread in Hebrew is made out of 3 letters. “L” Lamed, “Kh” Khet, and finally “M” Mem.

Lamed means “learning”.

Khet means “doorway or bridge”

Mem is a picture of the Holy Spirit working.

Thus bread simply means the doorway to learn from the Holy Spirit.

Here’s the cruncher.

John 6:35

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

So when we are faced with problems, do we scrambled the Word of God for instructions of “do” or “donts”? Now dear friends, we look for Jesus in the situation, we look for our bread, we look for him as our nourishment, him as our drink. That way, we find the doorway to learning from the Spirit. That way our giants become food for us.

I pray that you are blessed.


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