Bible study 131 – Numbers 14Posted: February 11, 2017
The Israelites are distraught at hearing that the Canaanites are giants, and complain that they’d rather go back to Egypt. Caleb, and now also Joshua, insist that they can win with God’s help, but nobody listens. As usual, God’s immediate respond is promising to kill everyone with a plague; but Moses reminds him of his claim to be “slow to anger”, and that killing all his followers might give him a bad reputation as a god. Moses’ plea is successful, and God instead dooms all adults to wander in the desert until they die (except for the lying spies, whom he kills outright with a plague). Only children younger than 20 years are to reach Canaan, led by the righteous Caleb and Joshua. Some of the Israelites decide to ignore God’s orders and invade Canaan right away, but they are duly defeated and killed by the Canaanites.
Since the spies were in Canaan for 40 days, the Israelites are ordered to wander around in the desert for 40 years. They start wandering back towards the desert.
Only, do not rebel against the Lord; and do not fear the people of the land, for they are no more than bread for us; (…)