Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Bible Notes: Num 14; 20

Because of the Israelites’ refusal to enter the Promised Land, the Lord told them that they wander in the desert for 40 years, and that no one over the age of 20 would enter the Promised Land when that 40 years came to an end--no one except Caleb and Joshua, that is.

But when the Lord makes this judgment in Numbers 14, aren’t there 3 other exceptions--Moses, Aaron, and Miriam? Or does the Lord mean they won't enter, either?

As it turns out, none of the 3 of them did enter the Promised Land. Miriam dies at the beginning of Num 20, and Aaron dies at the end of it. In Num 20, Moses also seals his own doom when he strikes the rock God told him to speak to. So the formal reason Moses and Aaron don’t enter the Promised Land is the matter of the rock.

Did the Lord have Moses and Aaron (and Miriam) in mind, too, when he said in Num 14 that no one would enter the Promised Land?

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