In the book of Numbers, we learn that the Israelites wandered aimlessly in the wilderness for a generation. Why?

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      Terry
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      They wandered in the wilderness for 40 years because when they sent 12 spies into the promised 10 of them came back with bad report. They reported of giants in the land of Canaan. The people were afraid of the giants and prayed to God not to make them enter. God granted their request by having them wander until the current generation had all passed away

    • #95302808
      Stephen
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      That generation doubted God’s ability to take them to the promised land and rather wished to be back in Egypt.

    • #95301065
      Ken
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      Israel was faithless when it came time to enter in to the Promised Land. They thought they knew better what to do rather than accepting God’s plan.

    • #95300024
      Terry
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      They feared the giants in Canaan more than they trusted God and so they rebelled against God and refused to lay claim and fight for the land that God had promised them. To cleanse Israel of those that refused to trust in him and rebelled against Him Israel was forced to wander in the desert for 40 years until that whole generation, except for Caleb and Joshua, died.

    • #95299558
      Donna
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      Israel feared the “giants” of the PromisedLand more than they Trusted God. Therefore a whole generation of fearful non-trusting Israelites had to die before the nation could move forward.

    • #95298484
      Cory
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      The Israelites wandered aimlessly in the wilderness for a generation because they did not trust God. They feared the people of Canaan more than they trusted God. They listened to the 10 spies that said they could not conquer the land instead of listening to Joshua and Caleb who were trying to reassure them they God would lead them to victory. Because of this doubt and disobedience, they wandered aimlessly until a new generation was built up and ready to conquer the land promised to them.

    • #95296198
      Dana
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      The Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years because they lacked faith in God. Despite God leading them out of an oppressed nation (Egypt) and opening up the Red Sea for them to escape the Egyptian army, they still doubted God and His promises. The Israelites did not believe that they could conquer the current inhabitants of the promise land, which made God angry because they once again did not trust His plan. As a result of their unbelief and disobedience , God had the Israelites wander in the wilderness for a generation.

    • #95293552
      Pam
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      They wandered in the desert for 40 years because they believed what the spies said instead of having faith in God.

    • #95292607
      Steven
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      They wandered because of a lack of faith in God’s promises. They believed in what they saw rather than the power of God.

    • #95292123
      Kathleen
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      The Israelites refused to move to the land God had promised due to reports from 10 spies sent into the desert. They roamed for almost 40 years until the generation that disobeyed God died.

    • #95288516
      Auttumn
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      The Israelites wondered in the wilderness for 40 years because they all kept sinning and wanting to put things before the God that had just gotten them out of captivity. The lesson here is not really a why did they keep sinning so much as a why has God continued to love us all even though we have always from the beginning continued to fail Him. They had to wonder in the wilderness for the blatant disbelief that they had for God even though He proved that He loved them all. Makes you step back for a moment and realize that you may have done the same thing and could quite possibly been forced to wonder in the wilderness as well. Because back then we did not have the redeeming qualities and grace of Christ. So we too would have been forced to wonder because we would have all sinned just as they did.

    • #95287742
      Stan
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      Because of the grumbling, lack of faith, unappreciative nature of the Israelites, God punished them and they wandered for 40 years in the wilderness – unable to go to the Promised Land.

    • #95287560
      Nicholas
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      The Israelites wandered aimlessly in the wilderness for a generation due to their disobedience and unbelief; and so that this unbelieving generation would die in the wilderness.
      God delivered the Israelites from Egyptian bondage through might signs and wonders; leading them to take possession of the land promised to their forefathers. Prior to entering the promised land the Israelites convinced themselves that they could not defeat the inhabitants of the in the land that God had promised to give them.

      Their lack of belief in the Word of God brought forth the judgement of God. They were cursed for forty years of wilderness wonderings until the unbelieving generation died off. Like many of us they walked by sight and not by faith.

    • #95286358
      Lydia
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      They wandered because of their disobedience and for God to teach them a lesson. Even today we often have to wander for a while, while God works on us!

    • #95285729
      Taylor Burkit
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      The Israelites wandered in the wilderness because of their disobedience. It was a consequence because of their sin.

    • #95284593
      Antoinette
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      The Israelites wandered for a year for disobedience and grumbling against God. They didn’t believe God for his promise or for his character.

    • #95282343
      William
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      Because of their fear of the giants was greater then their belief and trust in God. They chose fear over faith.

    • #95280324
      Gaylene
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      In the book of Numbers, we learn that the Israelites wandered aimlessly in the wilderness for a generation. Why?

      After leaving Sinai the Israelites traveled to the southern entrance of Canaan. They sent 12 spies into the Land of Promise to survey the land and determine if it was safe to enter. When the spies returned, 10 of the spies determined the people should not enter the land due to their perceived inability to conquer the Canaanites. Out of fear the Israelites refused to move forward into the land God had promised. feared the giants in Canaan more than they trusted God.

      Moses, Aaron, Caleb and Joshua (two of the spies) reminded Israel of who they were; God’s Chosen People. If God brought them to the land He promised them, God would make a way for them to claim it. In the patterned behavior of the Hebrew nation rebellion fueled by fear they asked God to not make them go into the land where there were giant enemies. The Israelites not only disobeyed God, but they refused His good blessing of the Promised land.

      God did not remove the blessing, but God delayed the receiving of the blessing. In an act of loving discipline, the nation of Israel was forced to wander the wilderness for the next 40 years. In this 40-year wandering all of the generation that walked out of Egypt died. In the death of this generation God, through the teachings of Aaron and Moses, taught the Hebrew folks how to worship one God and drove from their lives slave mentality. As the number 40 appears throughout all of scripture it is a number representing a time of preparation. God prepared His Chosen People through obedience and to receive His blessing of promise.

    • #95279599
      Elisa
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      Their wandering was a consequence of their sin of not believing who God was and that God could do what He said He would do.

    • #95279135
      Josepha
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      Because they have to learn to trust God. They always rebellious towards God start with complaining even though God’s presence is there with them day and night. So they were wanderings until they learn to trust God.

    • #95278019
      Gemma
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      The Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years because when they arrived in Canaan, they did not believe they could conquer the giants that lived there.

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      Ma. Remedios
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      They wandered aimlessly because it is the consequence that can happen and develop from being faithless and negative.

    • #125647
      Joyce
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      For refusing to enter into the land of Canaan of of fear.

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      Our Daily Bread
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