Numbers 14 Outline
– The Israelite community grumbled against Moses after listening to the bad report from the 10 spies (Numbers 14:1-4)
– Moses and Aaron tried to calm down the Israelites (Numbers 14:5-9)
– God became furious with the Israelites (Numbers 14:10-12)
– Moses pleaded to God to forgive the Israelites (Numbers 14:13-19)
– God swore that those 20 years old and above cannot enter into Canaan (Numbers 14:20-35)
– God struck a plague on the 10 spies who brought bad report (Numbers 14:36-38)
– The Israelites entered into Canaan to fight the enemies but they were defeated (Numbers 14:39-45)
Numbers 14 Summary
At night, the whole Israelite community cried and grumbled that Moses had led them out from Egypt so that their wives and children can be taken as plunder. Moses and Aaron tried to calmed the Israelites by telling them that God will surely lead them into the land of Canaan if he is pleased with them. He told the Israelites to not rebel against God. Moses encouraged the Israelites to be bold because God is with them. The entire Israelite community talked about stoning them. Then, the glory of God appeared at the tent of the congregation.
God was angry with the Israelites and he wanted to strike them down with a plague. But Moses pleaded to God to forgive the sins of the Israelites, just as he had forgave them from the time they left Egypt until now. God replied that he had forgiven the Israelites but that he will never let those 20 years old or more enter into the land of Canaan except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun. They will die in the desert but their children will be able to enter into the land of Canaan. This is because Caleb and Joshua did not rebel against God along with the Israelites.
The 10 spies who grumbled and discouraged the Israelites after returning from exploring Canaan were struck down with a plague. After this incident, the Israelites regretted and mourned bitterly. They insisted on going into Canaan and fight the enemies but Moses advised them not to do that because God will not be with them. The Israelites were stubborn and they entered into Canaan to fight the enemies nevertheless. Consequently, the Amalekites and Canaanites came to attack the Israelites all the way to Hormah.
Numbers 14 Bible Study
1. God is a merciful God
The Israelites rebelled and Moses pleaded to God to forgive their sins. God is a merciful God. He will forgive you if you confess your sins and repent from them. No matter how big the crime you have committed, God will always forgive and accept you if you turn back to him. In 1 John 1:9, if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. In Titus 2:11-14, for the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. In Proverbs 28:13, he that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. In Psalm 51:2, wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
2. Don’t grumble or murmur
The Israelites did not trust in God. Instead of believing that God will be on their side, they believe the bad report of the 10 spies. We should always trust God and not look at our circumstances. If you look at your circumstances, your problem will be big in your eyes. If you focus on God, God will guide you through your problem. In 1 Corinthians 10:10, neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. In James 5:9, grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. In John 6:43, Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. In 1 Peter 4:9, use hospitality one to another without grudging. In Ephesians 4:29, let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. In Ephesians 5:4, neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. In Colossians 3:8, but now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. In Colossians 4:6, let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. In 1 Thessalonians 5:11, wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.