Numbers Chapter 14

Numbers 14

1And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.

2And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!

3And wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt?

4And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.

5Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.

6And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes:

7And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land.

8If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.

9Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.

10But all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel.

11And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them?

12I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they.

13And Moses said unto the LORD, Then the Egyptians shall hear it, (for thou broughtest up this people in thy might from among them;)

14And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land: for they have heard that thou LORD art among this people, that thou LORD art seen face to face, and that thy cloud standeth over them, and that thou goest before them, by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night.

15Now if thou shalt kill all this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of thee will speak, saying,

16Because the LORD was not able to bring this people into the land which he sware unto them, therefore he hath slain them in the wilderness.

17And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my lord be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying,

18The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.

19Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.

20And the LORD said, I have pardoned according to thy word:

21But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.

22Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice;

23Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it:

24But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.

25(Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwelt in the valley.) Tomorrow turn you, and get you into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea.

26And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,

27How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.

28Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you:

29Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward which have murmured against me.

30Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.

31But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised.

32But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness.

33And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness.

34After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.

35I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.

36And the men, which Moses sent to search the land, who returned, and made all the congregation to murmur against him, by bringing up a slander upon the land,

37Even those men that did bring up the evil report upon the land, died by the plague before the LORD.

38But Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of the men that went to search the land, lived still.

39And Moses told these sayings unto all the children of Israel: and the people mourned greatly.

40And they rose up early in the morning, and gat them up into the top of the mountain, saying, Lo, we be here, and will go up unto the place which the LORD hath promised: for we have sinned.

41And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the LORD? but it shall not prosper.

42Go not up, for the LORD is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies.

43For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye are turned away from the LORD, therefore the LORD will not be with you.

44But they presumed to go up unto the hill top: nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and Moses, departed not out of the camp.

45Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites which dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, even unto Hormah.

23 thoughts on “Numbers Chapter 14

  1. v44 Nevertheless, in their presumption, they went up toward the high hill country, though neither Moses nor the ark of the Lord’s covenant moved from the camp.
    In their presumption: (the taking of something for granted)
    They took for granted that God would honor thier “too little-too late” “after the fact” change of heart .
    How much easier it would for us to be obedient in our daily walk instead of being obedient when we are panicked !

  2. Moses didn’t beg,but simply quoted Gods already spoken Word(see verse 17)

    20And the LORD said, I have pardoned according to thy word:

  3. It’s amazing that God -who could choose to forgive according to his own mind- chose instead to listen to Moses’ plea of forgiveness for the people. Our prayers for others CAN make a difference.

    However, the sins of the people were still their own from their own rebellious choices, and God does judge those sins: They never repented, and instead, again chose to do things their own way and go against the inhabitants of the land without God and against his word.

  4. 42Go not up, for the LORD is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies.
    43For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye are turned away from the LORD, therefore the LORD will not be with you.
    44But they presumed to go up unto the hill top: nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and Moses, departed not out of the camp.
    45Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites which dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, even unto Hormah.

    So many times we ask the man of God to talk to God and seek direction for us, and we don’t like his answer. The Israelites didn’t like the fact that they were going to have to fight, so they said that they didn’t want to go into the promise land. Then they didn’t like the fact that they made God mad were going to have to wonder the desert for 40 years, so against the word of their man of God they storm the emeny without God and lost many people.

    We should keep the desire to stay not only near God, but also on His good side.

    Another thing that I found interesting, was the word says they mourned, not they sacrificed and sought forgiveness. “39And Moses told these sayings unto all the children of Israel: and the people mourned greatly.”… Would things have gone differently had they repented? Would God have spared those who only murmured, and removed those who brought the evil report, so the rest could enter into the promise land? …. We must not forget the importance of repentance and sacrifice. We must remember to keep the Lord with us and stay submitted to what the man of God is telling us…..

  5. v9 Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.

    When things look gloomy and depressing .
    Turn your eyes to JESUS and see HIS POWER and HIS WORD in spite of the obstacles.
    Believe GOD for something you can’t see.
    Keep seeking and never stop believing.
    My prayer toaday is that a ” Spirit Of Receiving” would come upon us.
    GOD give us receptive hearts open our hearts to obey and trust your word.
    Just Receive that which already belongs to us. In JESUS NAME.

    Great teaching last night.(BRO.M.Morgan)
    2 COR.1:20 For all the promises of GOD in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of GOD by us.

  6. THE SPIRIT OF DEFEAT

    2 And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!

    Notice the profound digression of the spirit of defeat or MURMURING. This is where many people backslide and turn back to their old ways. Fostering a SPIRIT of VICTORY and not DEFEAT enables the believer to see the good not the bad, be positive not negative, have power and authority. The truth is backsliders simply choose to loose faith.

  7. WHAT DOES THE CONGREGATION SAY?

    9 Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.

    10 But all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel.

    Speaking TRUTH angers hypocrites. Now they desire to murder positive Leadership.

    Take NOTE!

    GOD defends his FAITHFUL!

    Even with all the negative speech in the congregation, unlike passive Moses; Joshua and Caleb saw the promise, took GOD at his word and declared TRUTH.

    I choose rather the judgement of people than the judgement of GOD.

  8. WATCH YOUR MOUTH

    27 How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.
    28 Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you:
    29 Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward which have murmured against me.

    GOD takes “murmuring” personal.

    Those negative comments about the life he gave you, the church he gave you or the preacher he gave you. GOD takes personal.

    The congregation said they would rather die and GOD granted their request. 35 I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.

    Speak LIFE not death. POSITIVE not negative.

    You will have what you say.

  9. Out of curiosity i looked up the meaning of the name Caleb and it turns out to mean wholehearted in Hebrew (check out vs 24). Isn’t it neat that our missions in life can be right in front of our eyes. Moses means born of a god, its Egyptian but our God turned that meaning to his glory.

    Its tempting to ask the God to save us from our own sins. But although he will forgive us if we repent, he loves us too much to live consequence free lives. Just as a parent disciplines their children so they can reach their full potential,so God allows lifestyle lessons to help us become all that we were meant to begin him. Just like a father naming there children after something they hope for them to livev up to

    • Caleb

      The name Caleb comes from the Hebrew origin. In Hebrew The meaning of the name Caleb is: From the Hebrew Ka, meaning “like, as” and Lev, meaning “heart,” making the meaning “like the heart.” Because the name in Hebrew is spelled with the same consonants as the word for “dog,” the name is commonly thought to mean dog. Famous bearer: Caleb was one of twelve Islaelite leaders sent by Moses to explore the Promised Land.

  10. How often do we, God’s children complain about our situation and God is in the process of doing a work. We must believe and be patient because if it’s the Lord’s will, it shall be done.

  11. Just like Moses, we need to protect God’s reputation. We must live lives indicative of Christ, so that those who know we proclaim Christianity will see us and liken us to our God. Giving them the wrong impression does more than make us look bad, it influences them to think that is how God is.

  12. 24But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.

    Following God fully will lead you to the promise land. Following with regret leads you in circles.

  13. 15Now if thou shalt kill all this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of thee will speak, saying,

    16Because the LORD was not able to bring this people into the land which he sware unto them, therefore he hath slain them in the wilderness.

    Looks like Moses learned to out pray Abraham. Abraham asked God to spare them if they were found worthy, Moses asked him to spare them because he was God.

  14. 42Go not up, for the LORD is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies.

    This chapter revealed to me that there is a window of blessing and opportunity that God gives to me, and if I doubt, or am disobedient to the word and will of God I will not only miss it out on it but reap the consequences of trying to do things in my own confidence and time. God help me hear and obey so I will not go up to face the enemy of my soul without the presence of God.

  15. 34 After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.

    Again the Israelites were party to murmuring and complaining, and this time God gave them what they said they wanted during their temper tantrum. There are times during the process of receiving our promise that things are not always going to go the way we want, or think. However, we must be careful with our response because we might provoke God just like the children of Israel did in this chapter to wrath, and God may give just what we speak, even in anger, we may eat the fruit of our lips, good or bad. It mays to think before we speak.

  16. 28Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you:

    I’m reminded of the Sunday School song… oh be careful little mouth what you speak for the father God above is looking down with love, so be careful little mouth what you speak.

    Its a shame that their destiny ended in tragedy when it could have ended in triumph. Makes me want to evaluate my life and situations to make sure I am speaking positive in all things. The process of getting to the promise land can be heard but as long as I make it to the promise everything will be ok.

  17. God is eternal, and the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Focusing just on the circumstances of today will blur our faith in the God of our yesterday (the One giving miraculous deliverance from Egypt) and tie the hands of the God of our tomorrow (the One delivering the Promise as reality) by refusing to let Him be the God of our today. Our faith should be defined by our God, not our circumstances.

  18. DO WE PRAY OR MURMUR? And when you pray do not keep on babbling like the pagans do for they think they will be heard by their many words. Do not be like them for Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. Matt.6:7-8. If we spend to much time praying for what we want this may border on murmuring. As intercessors we pray for the needs of others. Through this act of kindness God can bless us.!!!

  19. This chapter illustrates communication. The murmuring of the children of Israel caused them to lose their blessing. This is why it is so important to speak positive things, for the Lord also hears what we say. We must always be careful what we say, for we may also hurt our family and friends. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  20. Looks like complaining ang murmuring against God will lead to death. If we will just stay in te fight and not loose focus we can reach the promises of God. I pray we have the same fate as Caleb in that our children will see the promises of God because we were obedient. If not who can live with them selves for not being patient enough leading to their childeren’s death in the wilderness.

  21. This chapter talks about how quickly the people forgot what God had done for them. As soon as they didn’t have something they thought they should have, they murmured. If they and we could only have a Caleb spirit as verse 24 says:

    “But my servant Caleb—this is a different story. He has a different spirit; he follows me passionately. I’ll bring him into the land that he scouted and his children will inherit it.”

    We must be careful and not let negative take over the positive!

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