I bet those Israelites were pretty upset after God told them they would be wandering in the desert for forty years. No treats or anything. No milk and honey. Just manna every day – three times a day – for forty years.
I would eat manna. But treats are good sometimes too.
I am ready to listen, person. I was just waiting for you to begin the story.
So those Israelites made God pretty mad when they wouldn’t trust Him to help them take the Promised Land. They were scared of those giants, and all the fortified cities.
But after God told them they would have to wander in the desert for such a long time they must have thought that that was worse than taking a chance on dying in a battle for the Promised Land.
So they said they had sinned and decided they would go to the place the Lord had promised.
But Moses said they were a day late and a dollar short and God was no longer with them.
I didn’t know they had dollars in the desert?
Yes, I’m listening.
Moses told the people not to go. Because they had turned from the Lord, the Amalekites and Canaanites would face them there and defeat them.
But those Israelites figured they could do it on their own so they went up to the high hill country anyway.
Neither Moses nor the Ark of the Covenant went with them.
Maybe Moses didn’t want to go hill climbing.
I am listening.
So when the Israelites got up in those hills the Canaanites and the Amalekites who lived there came down and attacked them.
And they chased them all the way down the hill.
That was a lot of hill climbing for nothing.