40 Years in the Wilderness

The story of the Israelites spending 40 years in the wilderness is about a long journey filled with challenges and lessons. This journey is described in various parts of the Bible, mainly in the books of Exodus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

Leaving Egypt

Bible Verse: Exodus 12:37

“The Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Sukkoth. There were about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children.”

After God freed the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, they began their journey. They were led by Moses and were heading to the land God promised them.

The Reason for the Long Journey

Bible Verse: Numbers 14:33-34

“Your children will be shepherds here for forty years, suffering for your unfaithfulness, until the last of your bodies lies in the wilderness. 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.'”

The journey, which could have taken just a few weeks, lasted 40 years. This was because the Israelites didn’t trust God to help them enter the Promised Land. God said that they would wander in the wilderness for 40 years until a new generation grew up, one that would trust in Him.

Daily Miracles: Manna and Quail

Bible Verse: Exodus 16:35

“The Israelites ate manna forty years, until they came to a land that was settled; they ate manna until they reached the border of Canaan.”

Even in the wilderness, God took care of the Israelites. Every day, He gave them manna, a special bread from heaven, and sometimes quail for meat.

Water from the Rock

Bible Verse: Exodus 17:6

“I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.”

When the Israelites needed water, God provided it miraculously. Moses struck a rock, and water came out, enough for everyone to drink.

The Golden Calf

Bible Verse: Exodus 32:8

“They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf.”

While Moses was on Mount Sinai, the people made a golden calf to worship. This was a big mistake because they didn’t trust and wait for Moses and God.

Lessons in the Wilderness

The wilderness journey taught the Israelites to rely on God. They learned about God’s laws and how to live as His people.

Moses and the Golden Calf

Joshua and the Walls of Jericho