WILDERNESS WANDERERS

By: Ely Lagajino

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.  But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:2-4 (NKJV)

​Israel wasn’t supposed to spend forty years wandering in the wilderness on their way to the Promised Land. 

​They spent four months hiking from Egypt to Sinai, where they stayed for less than a year. They journeyed for eleven days until they reached Kadesh-Barnea near the border of Canaan. They spent a total of one year from Egypt to Kadesh.  Then twelve spies were sent to Canaan, but their sad report discouraged many people who later revolted against God as they accused Moses and Aaron of leading them only to die in the desert.

​God’s judgment prohibited those twenty years old and above to enter the Promised Land. He commanded Moses to journey back into the desert. Moses said that from Kadesh-Barnea, they started their journey, and upon reaching the brook of Zered, they were already travelling for 38 years (Deuteronomy 2:14). The Bible is almost silent about those 37 years of aimless wandering. The generation of those who had lived in Egypt had almost died off, and the new generation would soon be ready to enter the Promised Land. What happened during those 37 years? 

​The wandering serves as a time to instruct the young generation who will lead Israel’s nation. Parents trained their children the right way of living. Probably the boys went into military training, and the girls were prepared for cooking pancakes with chicken, eggs, and cow’s milk. 

Moses might have required them to read and study the book of Genesis and Job. The Holy Spirit inspired him to finish writing the books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and part of Deuteronomy. 

The Levites’ hymns gives us a clue that God continuedHis loving care for the Israelites. The pillar of cloud and of fire guided and lit their way. God instructed them and supplied them with manna, and provided them water, and they lacked nothing (Nehemiah 9:19-21).

Israel’s history was recorded for the instruction and warning for the coming generations, including the COVID 19 pandemic generation….   

PPp 443-447; Deuteronomy 2:14,15; Nehemiah 9:19-21

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