20 Then the Lord said, “I have pardoned, according to your word. 21 But truly, as I live, and as all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord, 22 none of the men who have seen my glory and my signs that I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and yet have put me to the test these ten times and have not obeyed my voice, 23 shall see the land that I swore to give to their fathers. And none of those who despised me shall see it. 24 But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed me fully, I will bring into the land into which he went, and his descendants shall possess it. 25 Now, since the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwell in the valleys, turn tomorrow and set out for the wilderness by the way to the Red Sea.”
Right at the border of Canaan, Israel rebelled against the Lord. Listening to the report of the ten spies, their hearts were overwhelmed with fear. They ignored the report of the two other spies, Caleb and Joshua. Their fear got the best of them. As they couldn’t manage their fear, they burst into self-pity. The result was putting blame to God and His servants.
1Then all the congregation raised a loud cry, and the people wept that night. 2 And all the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The whole congregation said to them, “Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness! 3 Why is the Lord bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become a prey. Would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?” 4 And they said to one another, “Let us choose a leader and go back to Egypt.” Numbers 14:1-4
The rebellion did not go unnoticed. The Lord heard everything. But the people did not stop at grumbling. Their self-pity led them to self-righteous feeling, which in turn gave birth to unholy anger and uncontrolled rage. Moses, Aaron, Caleb, and Joshua tried to plead with them that they would listen to the Lord and obey. The people got raving mad listening to them.