Bible Time Period: Desert Wanderings
You taught Israel to walk in faith through 40 years’ wandering in the desert: Help me to trust in you today, O God.
Israel’s complaining, lack of faith, and refusal to trust the Lord to give them the land that he promised, leads to judgment. As a result, the generation that saw God’s deliverance from Egypt will lose their share in the land as they spend the next 40 years wandering in the desert.
In chapter 16, Korah is a Levite who wants to be a priest. The other challengers are from the tribe of Reuben. When you read about their rebellion, recall that after the golden calf, God set the Levites apart in place of the first-born of the nation to serve him. Among the Levites, Aaron and his sons alone were given the priesthood. When Korah and the others challenge Moses, they are really challenging God.
Chapters 13-14 are key chapters in the book of Numbers. Is Israel ready to conquer Canaan? Why or why not?
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