By: Ely Lagajino
“But it shall come about, if you do not obey the Lord your God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes with which I charge you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you.” Deuteronomy 28:15 (NKJV)
The ten spies continue their revolt against Moses and Aaron. With their followers, they select a new captain to lead them back to Egypt. Caleb and Joshua attempt to stop the tumult. But the unfaithful spies and their followers try to stone Joshua and Caleb. Then God intervenes to check their evil desire. The stones from their hands suddenly drop without their control, and they tremble with fear. Instantly the ten unfaithful spies get hit with a plague and die before the presence of all Israelites. If not for Moses’ pleading, all the rebels would die from the disease.
Because of their unbelief, the Lord declares that all Israel, twenty years old and above would be disqualified from entering the Promised Land except Caleb, Joshua, and all nineteen years old below. They would stay roaming around the desert for forty years or until the last man perishes. Moses and Aaron are severely disappointed, but they accept the divine decision.
Instead of repenting and accepting the divine declaration, the rebels decide to go and fight the Canaanites. Moses warns them not to go to war. But the rebels ignore him and continue into battle even without a leader.
The Canaanites who hear about the mysterious power of the Israelites prepare for the coming offensive, so the rebels meet a potent force. Before climbing the mountains, thousands of them die from the enemies’ rolling rocks. Those who successfully climb the mountain are killed by the enemies’ strong forces waiting on top. The Canaanites regard that all the marvelous things they hear about Israel are false.
The army of Israel is defeated, and the survivors return with tears. The rebellious Israelites dishonored the name of the Lord.
PP p.426-428 Numbers 13-14