Bible study 131 – Numbers 14

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.

Numbers 14:9
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; (…)

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5 Comments on “Bible study 131 – Numbers 14”

  1. […] angry over the affair. Is he angry at the people for complaining, something that usually leads to disease or death? No. Is he angry at Moses for performing the magic trick, and pretending it was his own and not […]

  2. […] on the old census list (except for the loyal Caleb and Joshua) are dead; I guess 40 years has passed now. I had expected more wilderness adventure. Also, I guess […]

  3. […] along, and that he must die for this just like Aaron (I thought he had to die because of the whole affair with the lying spies, but I guess that didn’t really make sense in the first place). But first he must transfer his […]

  4. […] his dictatorial powers to a team of elders; and then the much later story about how the Israelites rebelled and were condemned by God to walk in the wilderness for 40 years. Moses’ retelling has some […]

  5. […] the lottery can start, however, Caleb of Judah notes that Moses kind of promised him the lands he spied out in Numbers 13 (as a reward for not lying like the other spies), if you […]


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