WHY DID THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL
HAVE TO WANDER IN THE WILDERNESS FOR 40 YEARS?

It was said in a Bible documentary that the children of Israel were not allowed to cross the Jordan River into Canaan (the promised land) because they made the golden calf (Exo. 32:4).

This is not the reason that they were not allowed to take the promised land. When Israel was about to cross into Canaan the people wanted to send spies into the land to see what the land was like. When the spies returned 10 of the 12 spies said that there were giants in the land and they would not be able to take the land even though God told them to go and take it. This was the last of a number of times that these people failed to have faith in the word of God and this disbelieving generation was not allowed to take the land.

I used only enough verses here to prove the point, please read Numbers 13:32 through chapter 14 for the full context.

Numbers 13:32-33
32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.

33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

Numbers 14:1-24
1 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.

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!

3 And 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?

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

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

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

7 And 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.


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

22 Because 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;

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

24 But 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.
KJV