Oct. 31. Israelites Refuse Promised Land

Num. 14:1-45

A foolish and forgetful people were greatly distressed by the report of the ten spies. That was after they had seen the delivering hand of God for a little more than a year. He had delivered them from slavery, fed them and fought their battles for them. They refused to accept the report of faith from Joshua and Caleb and even attempted to stone them. Their rebellion was so intense, that they suggested naming a new leader to return them back to Egypt.

God is a patient God, but the rebellion of the Israelites was too much for Him. He stated that He would destroy and disinherit them and make a great nation of Moses instead.

Moses, one of the greatest heroes of the Bible again pled for the people. As he interceded for the Israelites, God relented and pardoned them, BUT He stated that they would not see the land that He had given them. Everyone except Joshua and Caleb who had been counted above twenty years of age would die in the wilderness. The ten unfaithful spies soon died of the plague.

There will be a time when it is too late to repent. That time had come for the Israelites. The same rebels who had refused to enter Canaan with God’s help attempted to enter without His help and were defeated and driven back. It is important to remember that one man—in this case, two men and God made a majority. However, the people had refused to follow God and suffered the consequences.