Moses sent spies to the Promised Land to check things out. They brought back a mixed report.
They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.”
Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”
But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them” (Numbers 13:27-33).
There was a consensus from the spies that the land was indeed wonderful and flowed with milk and honey. The spies even brought back samples to show Moses and the people some proof. But from there the reports differed. Eight of the spies began to talk about the giants that inhabited the land and the walls that fortified the cities; they gave the report that they could not take this land. Caleb and Joshua, on the other hand, thought God could and would give the land to them. The reports differed based on something I call kingdom imagination.