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LOGOS July 2009
Vol. 1, Issue 3
The People Rebel NUMBERS 11:1-6
LEARN about the Israelites' rebellion against Moses and God in the wilderness; IDENTIFY ways that complaining can lead to rebellion; and CONFRONT our own anger and find ways to deal responsibly with it.
WORDS TO KNOW
A. Murmured (Numbers 14:2) luwn (Heb.) — To complain or to grumble. B. Prey (v. 3) baz (Heb.)—Spoil or booty. C. Congregation (v. 5) ʾedahʾ (Heb.)—A company, assembly, multitude of people. D. Good (v. 7) towb (Heb.)—Best, precious, fine, wealth, prosperity, or excellence of its kind. E. Rebel (v. 9) marad (Heb.)—To revolt or disobey authority. Map of Kadesh-Barnea
God directed Moses to send 12 men into the land of Canaan. They were in Kadesh Barnea, Moses' base camp, which was the southern gateway to Canaan. Moses planned to take a straight path from Mount Sinai to Canaan. The report of the spies created fear and the people rebelled and wanted to return to Egypt
PEOPLE, PLACES AND TIMES
Joshua, son of Nun, tribe of Ephraim. Caleb, son of Jephunneh, tribe of Judan Kadesh -Barnea, 150 miles north of Sinai and about 50 miles south of Beersheba. It was between the Wildeness of Zin and the Wilderness of Paran.
Joshua and Caleb
This is the fourth lesson in a series of lessons that examines the people of God after leaving Egypt
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12 Spies Return with their Report
King James Version New Living Translation 2 And all the children of Israel Numbers 14:2 Their voices rose in a great murmured against Moses and against chorus of protest against Moses and Aaron. Aaron: and the whole congregation said "If only we had died in Egypt, or even here unto them, Would God that we had died in in the wilderness!" they complained. the land of Egypt! or would God we had 3 "Why is the Lord taking us to this country died in this wilderness! only to have us die in battle? Our wives and 3 And wherefore hath the Lord our little ones will be carried off as plunder! brought us unto this land, to fall by the Wouldn't it be better for us to return to sword, that our wives and our children Egypt?" should be a prey? were it not better for us to 5 Then Moses and Aaron fell face down on return into Egypt? the ground before the whole community of 5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their Israel. faces before all the assembly of the 7 They said to all the people of Israel, "The congregation of the children of Israel. land we traveled through and explored is a 7 And they spake unto all the company wonderful land! of the children of Israel, saying, The land, 9 Do not rebel against the Lord, and don't which we passed through to search it, is an be afraid of the people of the land. They exceeding good land. are only helpless prey to us! They have no 9 Only rebel not ye against the Lord, protection, but the Lord is with us! Don't be neither fear ye the people of the land; for afraid of them!" they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not. More Light on the Text 4 And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt. (KJV) 4 Then they plotted among themselves, “Let’s choose a new leader and go back to Egypt!” (NLT) Rebellion is marked by the selection of false leadership and movement in a reverse or backward direction.
Joshua and Caleb after 40 Years
1. The People Speak Out in Rebellion The people listened to the 10 spies, who justified their desire to return to Egypt. Their response was a rebellion against God's instructions. 2. Joshua and Caleb Speak These two men remind the people that they have the advantage because they have God. 3. God Speaks to Moses Despite being angry, God honors his covenant with Moses and preserves the people Discussion Questions 1. Why did the Israelites cry (Numbers 14:1)? 2. What did the Israelites believe would happen to them in the unfamiliar land (v. 3)? 3. In their sense of despair a n d re b e l l i o n , w h at t h e Israelites conspire to do (v. 4)?
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