So, my schedule was not as solid as I anticipated yesterday... I didn't get the portion done as planned, but ended early at the report of the spies. "And we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight."
I was relating this to my spouse as we were getting ready for work.
I said: "They may have carried grapes out, but before that they carried self doubt in. The grapes showed the land was good to the camp. The camp showed the land it was weak via the spies."
She's so much smarter than I am. She replied: "Maybe being grasshoppers isn't to bad. How would you stop grasshoppers when they come in? They eat everything, they over run everything!"
I thought, yes, as a prince these men are taught to see the world a different way than us the common schmucks of the world. They are special, placed above others, heroes, destined for greatness. Which makes the shortcomings of the spies more than cowardliness. They failed to recognize their own peoples potential. They are leaders that do not know their strength as they can not see past themselves.
Grasshoppers are the multitude, and when they swarm there is no stopping it. Luckily we are not grasshoppers, and we have guidance and the ability to control our instincts and impulses for the greater good.
How many times have you said "I can't do that", when maybe "we" could have?
The spies saw themselves as grasshoppers in their own sight and very small against the rich lands and giants of men.
The Nephalim saw 'them' as grasshoppers, an unstoppable force, perched at the boarder ready to fall upon them and decimate the countryside.
Both parties were seeing the same thing only 180 degrees apart. We are all part of communities and while there are always things you will have to manage on your own, so long as we believe in each other and try, most of the time we'll make it.