When the Israelites decided to rebel, they had no idea the extent of pain their rebellion would cause. They lost their opportunity to enter the land God prepared for them and prepared them to take. Over 400 years in the making, and the people took that blessing away. When it finally dawned on the people what they had done, they were heartbroken. Besides that, the spies that led the insurrection were killed by a plague from God.
In addition to the direct cost of their sin, others also paid a price. The children would grow up as nomadic travelers because their parents failed to trust God. It would be an additional 40 years before anyone would step into Canaan. Moses and Aaron would continue to lead this mob, with all their stiff necks, across the desert–knowing the promised land was so close. Finally, God would have to carry the embarrassment of not allowing His people to enter the land He promised them. They begged and tried, but even in that attempt; they were soundly beaten.
Sin has a steep price. Even though we are forgiven, often the cost of our sin is enormous. The cost hits us, our family, our friends and those around us. Often, people pay a price for our actions, without any direct relationship to us. That is why God calls us to be holy. Our holiness does not save us, but it does keep us from making choices that unravel our lives and the lives of those around us. Life is simpler, more peaceful and more fulfilling–if we will simply seek God, and follow Him humbly and closely. Make no mistake, sin still carries a huge price–on us, our families and those that cross our paths. Help me Lord to seek you and avoid sin at every turn.
God Bless You
The Lord said to Moses and Aaron: 27 “How long will this wicked community grumble against me? I have heard the complaints of these grumbling Israelites. 28 So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do to you the very thing I heard you say: 29 In this wilderness your bodies will fall—every one of you twenty years old or more who was counted in the census and who has grumbled against me. 30 Not one of you will enter the land I swore with uplifted hand to make your home, except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun.31 As for your children that you said would be taken as plunder, I will bring them in to enjoy the land you have rejected. 32 But as for you, your bodies will fall in this wilderness. 33 Your children will be shepherds here for forty years, suffering for your unfaithfulness, until the last of your bodies lies in the wilderness. 34 For forty years—one year for each of the forty days you explored the land—you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have me against you.’ …
So the men Moses had sent to explore the land, who returned and made the whole community grumble against him by spreading a bad report about it— 37
these men who were responsible for spreading the bad report about the land were struck down and died of a plague before the Lord. 38
Of the men who went to explore the land, only Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh survived.39
When Moses reported this to all the Israelites, they mourned bitterly. 40
Early the next morning they set out for the highest point in the hill country, saying, “Now we are ready to go up to the land the Lord promised. Surely we have sinned!”
41 But Moses said, “Why are you disobeying the Lord’s command? This will not succeed! 42 Do not go up, because the Lord is not with you. You will be defeated by your enemies, 43 for the Amalekites and the Canaanites will face you there. Because you have turned away from the Lord, he will not be with you and you will fall by the sword.”
44 Nevertheless, in their presumption they went up toward the highest point in the hill country, though neither Moses nor the ark of the Lord’s covenant moved from the camp. 45 Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hill country came down and attacked them and beat them down all the way to Hormah.