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?