Term 2 – Week 4

Big Idea – The people did not trust God to keep his promises and give them the promised land.

Numbers 13:1- 14:35

Lesson Background

This unit of work is an overview of the Old Testament from creation in Genesis 1 up to God’s promise to King David in 2 Samuel 7.  The theme for the unit is: God always keeps His Promises.

The story so far…. God rescued the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and were now on the way to the Promised Land. For three weeks now, the Israelites have been in the desert near Mt Sinai and Moses was up the mountain talking to God. While at Sinai, God gave the law to help the Israelites live as God’s people in the Promised Land, He commanded Moses to build his very Special tent (The tabernacle) so He could live with His people and sadly we saw the Israelites turn away from God to worship a fake god (idol) when they built the golden calf. But Moses prayed to God on their behalf and ask God to forgive them for their sin and mercifully he did.

In chapter 13, Moses, following God’s commands, sends scouts ahead into the promised land of Canaan for 40 days. They returned with fruit to prove the abundance of the land and gave their report. The scouts reported on the strength of the inhabitants with fortified cities. Except for Caleb and Joshua, the scouts recommended the Israelites not to enter the land out of fear of the people living there, and then spread ‘a bad report about the land’ (13:32).

In chapter 14, the Israelites complained, as before, and foolishly wished to have perished in Egypt. They failed to trust God despite his miraculous protection and provision up to this point (14:11). Moses once again acts as a Mediator on behalf of the Israelites and asks God not to destroy them, but to forgive them. God says he has forgiven them (14:20) but the people must live with the consequence of their sin. So, God sent the Israelites back into the wilderness for 40 years for their failure. God promised that none of them would enter the Promised Land, except for Caleb and Joshua. Instead, their children would go in, led by Joshua and Caleb.

Note: At the end of the chapter 14, the people regret their decision (after they hear God’s punishment) and disobey God again by trying to enter the land and fight the inhabitants in their own strength. Despite all that God had done for them, despite showing them over and over again his power to save and faithfulness to His promises, the people do not trust God. Psalm 95 and Hebrews 3-4 both make explicit reference to this event.


The children will know that all the Israelites, except Caleb, Joshua and Moses, did not trust God to give them the land, so God did not let them go in

The children will understand we should trust God to keep his promises and keep following Jesus even when others around us don’t. The children will recognise that we fail to trust God because just like the Israelites, even though we have Jesus. Give thanks to Jesus who died to fix the problem of sin so we can enter into the Promised Land of heaven.


My God is so Big (Colin Buchanan – Remember the Lord)

Memory Verse

He said, “I am the Lord, the Lord. I am the God who is tender and kind. I am gracious.

I am slow to get angry. I am faithful and full of love….

But I do not let guilty people go unpunished.


Exodus 34:6-7

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