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- God forgivesGod does forgive them for their sin, but there are consequences. Only their children will see the Promised Land, the rest will die in the desert.Numbers 14:20–23The Lexham English BibleYahweh said, “I have forgiven them according to your word; but as I am alive, the glory of Yahweh will fill all the earth. But because all the men who have seen my glory and my signs that I did in Egypt and in the desert yet tested me these ten times and did not listen to my voice, they will not see the land that I swore by oath to their ancestors, and all those who despised me will not see it.
- True NatureGod's true nature is that of love and it is to that Moses appeals on behalf of the people to forgive their sin and rejection of His plan.
- Moses offered an alternativeMoses is given the opportunity to start fresh with just his descendants, but he begs for the Lord to not harm His people for their rebellion.Numbers 14:11–12The Lexham English BibleAnd Yahweh said to Moses, “How long until this people will despise me, and how long until they will not believe in me, and in all the signs that I have done in their midst? I will strike them with disease, and I will dispossess them; I will make you into a greater and stronger nation than them.”
- Powerful rejectionNot only do they reject Joshua and Caleb's report, they seek to stone them for suggesting they go into the Promised Land.
- Fear speaks loudlyEven though they had witnessed God's mighty saving acts in Egypt, their fear from the spies report lead them in rebellion against Moses and God.Numbers 14:1–4The Lexham English BibleThen all the community lifted up their voices, and the people wept during that night. And all the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and all the community said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt or in this desert! Why did Yahweh bring us into this land to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little children will become plunder; would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?” They said to each other, “Let us appoint a leader,
- Two speak with courageOnly Joshua and Caleb see the Lord's hand leading them and have no fear for their enemies.. but the other ten spies are driven by fear, as are the people.Numbers 13:30–33The Lexham English BibleAnd Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “Surely, let us go up and let us take possession of it because surely we will be able to prevail over it.” And the men who went up with him said, “We are not able to go up to the people because they are stronger than us.” And they presented the report of the land that they explored to the Israelites, saying, “The land that we went through to explore is a land that eats its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in its midst
- An early entrance... delayedGod intended them to take the Holy Land at this moment, but fear means that their entry into the Promised Land will be delayed.. by 40 years!Numbers 13:17–20The Lexham English BibleMoses sent them to explore the land of Canaan, and he said to them, “Go up like this to the Negev, and go up into the hill country, and you will see what the land is like and if the people who inhabit it are strong or weak, or whether they are few or many, and whether the land that they are inhabiting is good or bad, and whether the cities they are inhabiting are camps or fortifications, and whether the land is fertile or lean, and whether there are trees on it or not.
- Everyone complainsEven Moses brother and sister complain to the Lord, even against Moses and the Lord sends them a message not to speak against the Lord's chosen servant.Numbers 12:9–16The Lexham English BibleAnd Yahweh became very angry with them, and he went away. And the cloud departed from on the tent, and behold, Miriam was infected with a skin disease white like snow; when Aaron turned toward Miriam, behold, she was afflicted with a skin disease. So Aaron said to Moses, “Please, my lord, please do not put on us this sin in which we were foolish and in which we have sinned. Please do not let her be like the dead, whose flesh is half consumed when coming out from the womb of its
- GreedyThey wanted meat, and God granted it to them, but for those who spoke against God in their greed there was punishment.
- Don't limit the SpiritMoses rightly tells Joshua that there is no need to limit if someone is speaking under the power of the spirit. And of course, Moses request comes true in New Testament times when all of us in baptism are granted the gift of the Holy Spirit.