- The burden of this chapter is the people’s sin in refusing to go forward to the Promised Land.
How is the sin described (see verses 26, 27, 32) and what made the guilt of it greater (see Note below on verses 9-18; also verses 31-33)?
- What solemn lesson is taught in verses 40-45?
Cf. Is. 59:1, 2; Jer. 11:14; Heb. 12:17
- What does this chapter teach us about the importance of knowing history, especially Bible history?
Cf. Ps. 78:1-8; 44:1-8; 1 Cor. 10:6-13; Rom. 15:4.
Note. Verses 9-18. These verses seem to be introduced to show that the people were both numerous and well organized when they reached Kadesh, and therefore fully ready to enter the land if their eyes had been on the Lord.