I get to switch it up a bit with a chapter from Psalms... nice.
The people get upset again and talk about going back to Egypt. 2 of the men who scoped out Canaan try to talk some sense into them--the land is amazing, and if God is on our side, overthrowing these men should be a piece of cake! Why do you doubt Him?? God gets angry again and threatens to wipe them out--Moses intercedes again.
God strikes the men who explored the land dead except for the 2 that trusted Him. He then promises that none of the men who grumbled against Him will ever see Canaan. They are doomed to wander the desert until they die. The people decided they would still go up to Canaan and attempt to overthrow the people living there. Since the Lord was not on their side--they perished and were driven out. Not gonna lie, I'm a little glad to see them get what the deserve. They denied God so many times, and God just kept giving them second, third, fourth, etc. chances and I was just about sick of their whining.
A few things are said again about sacrificing for atonement, then I came across a very disturbing little anecdote. A man was caught gathering wood on the Sabbath and was stoned for not observing the sacred day...Thank goodness its not that strict now! Can you imagine? Kind of a random thing just stick in the middle of the passage; not sure about that...
The passage from Psalm is a great little prayer from Moses during all of this. He is glorifying God for being all-knowing and asking for strength to get through what is going on. Its really neat to see this story from another perspective. Most things I have read so far have been a simple narrative. Its fun to see something from one of the participant's perspective... very refreshing.
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