Wednesday, February 15, 2012
God then judges the Israelites, telling them they will wander for 40 years in the Sinai peninsula until the present generation, excepting Joshua and Caleb, died. The time is marked by rebellion, military conflict, and the continued faithfulness of God, who never abandons His people. Near the end of the forty years the Israelites march into Moab and are ultimatly decieved by falling into idolatry with Moabite women. For this deception, Israel makes war on Moab, completely destroying them. At the end, Israel sits on the border of Canaan, preparing to cross over into the promised land, as Moses gives some instructions on the distribution of land that will eventually occur once Israel is settled.