Turning Point #5 – Come Back In 40 Years

After a year at Mount Sinai the time came to move towards Canaan and to finally inherit the wonderful land God had promised. This was an exciting moment as they picked up and started their journey to the promised land.

But instead of entering in, the children of Israel will have to wander in the wilderness for 40 years till everyone over the age of 20 dies.

Instead of entering the land of Canaan God said “tomorrow turn and move out into the wilderness by the Way of the Red Sea”…. ‘But as for you, your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness. 33 ‘And your sons shall be shepherds in the wilderness forty years, and bear the brunt of your infidelity, until your carcasses are consumed in the wilderness….In this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.'” (Numbers 14:25, 32, 35)

This was a sad day and a horrible turning point. Numbers 14:39 says “MMoses told these words to all the children of Israel, and the people mourned greatly”.

Why did this happen? Read the Story in Numbers 13 and 14.

What one word would you use to describe the attitude of the 10 spies? (Numbers 13:28-14:10)

In Numbers 14:24 God said, “But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it. What kind of spirit did Caleb have?

This event is cited in the New Testament and given as a warning to Christians (1 Corinthians 10:11). Why do you think God feels so strongly about complaining?

5 thoughts on “Turning Point #5 – Come Back In 40 Years

  1. The 10 spies were skeptical. They didn’t possess the faith in the ability of God (like Caleb and Joshua did) to know that He would help them.

    Caleb was faithful and knew that God would help them if they believed in Him.

    I think God is against complaining because when we complain we are losing faith in whatever it is that we are complaining about. Instead of complaining about something, we should give it to God and have faith that He will make it better.

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  2. What a shame. God gave the Israelites a wonderful opportunity to prove to all foreigners how very powerful theIr one true God is, and how He cares for His children. That was their job. How much sooner would others had recognized the majesty of God had they behaved graciously. Idol worshippers probably showed greater faith in their worthless idols than these spies who benefit from being eye witnesses to the miraculous events that occurred in Egypt. How we behave doesn’t change God, but it certainly is a reflection on what we say to others about who God is.

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  3. Above, at the end, you mentioned about hating about people complaining, and made reference to 1 Corinthians 11:10. I looked up that verse and found something all together different. ‘For this reason the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. ‘I Corinthians 11:10. how do I find the right info in the new testment. But, what I read was something I wanted to find again and read about anyway, and it worked out well.

    In Numbers 13 & 14, the people had already been complaining a lot. Then spies, sent out, came back with a wrong, bad report, not believing in God’s power, all but 2 men. God had gotten so tired of all the Isralites complaining so much, so often, over and over. The, God, decided that none of them, 20 years and older, would all die in the wilderness, and never get to see and live in the land of Cannan. When Moses told them this, they cried and wept. God has gone to great lengths to rescue the nation of Israel from the Eqyptians, shown them many things there, to help let the Egyptians let them go, and have shown them so many things, while they have so far, been out in the wilderness. Yet, they just continue to in a way forget all that God does for them, quit following some of his clear rules, and seem to forget easily how powerful he truely is. And, they just keep up all the complaining, all the time, about God, don’t learn to keep trusting and believing in him, and continue to go astray. God has gotten kind of sick of it all.


      1. Thanks Jimmy. I went back to I Corinthians 10:11, read that verse, & it makes sense, and goes along with the rest . I appreciate your great Bible knowledge, and even being able to find that so quickly. You know a whole lots about so much!!!😍😁


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