|The Grapes of Canaan|
- Todays reading is from Numbers 13, 14, 33, Deuteronomy 1,
- What a sad day turning back from Canaan must have been for the Israelite camp.
- 40 days were spent scouting the land the Lord was giving the Israelites.
- Two out of the twelve gave a good report and ten poured feared into the hearts and minds of the people.
- Israel grumbled in fear and despondency based on the negative report. They did not base their decision on the past experience with God who stood before them they turned their eyes to people.
- Then Israel declared their unbelief and wanted to return to bondage in Egypt. God became angry and wanted to destroy them.
- Moses reminded God His reputation is at stake. Moses declares: And now, I pray You, let the power of my Lord be great, as You have promised, saying, The Lord is long-suffering and slow to anger, and abundant in mercy and loving-kindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, upon the third and fourth generation. Pardon, I pray You, the iniquity of this people according to the greatness of Your mercy and loving-kindness, just as You have forgiven [them] from Egypt until now. Numbers 14:17-19
- The Lord pardoned the people but they still had to live with the consequence of their sin. All those who had seen His deliverance in Egypt and His glory were not to see the promised land.
- Only Joshua and Caleb were excepted in this declaration.