8. a. Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before the entire community.
- They didn’t try to defend themselves nor their actions.
- They knew only God could deal with the size of this rebellion.
- They were humble before God and before the people who were now their enemies.
Moses and Aaron’s defense wasn’t human. Therefore, they didn’t use human ability to fight for their lives. They fell on their faces before the Lord. God was their source. Likewise, we need to turn to God for our help instead of depending on flesh (Psalms 60:11 and 108:12).
This was not only humility before God but also humility before Aaron and Moses’ enemies. Moses and Aaron could have responded in anger, but they fell on their faces instead. AWMI
b. Joshua and Caleb tore their clothes.
Tearing of clothes—Primarily associated with mourning, such action was an expression of deep sorrow and heartfelt grief. It was also a natural reaction at times of great distress and in cases of sincere repentance. Bible Gateway Resources Dictionary
While the other scouts incited a rebellion, and the community wailed, complained, and planned their return to Egypt, Joshua and Caleb did not. Instead they spoke up —
They said to all the people of Israel, “The land we traveled through and explored is a wonderful land! And if the Lord is pleased with us, he will bring us safely into that land and give it to us. It is a rich land flowing with milk and honey. Do not rebel against the Lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the Lord is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!”
c. If God had not shown up, the others probably would have stoned Caleb and Joshua to death.
d. God’s intervening protection—
My mother became very sick when I was eleven. By the time the doctors discovered cancer was the source of her internal bleeding, they didn’t expect her to live for more than a month.
Somehow, my parents heard about and met a man who was healed of terminal cancer. He lived in a neighboring town. (See a video of their testimony below.)
He and his family soon became good friends of ours. Through their prayer and encouragement, my mother began to believe God for her healing.
One day as she read the story of the woman with the issue of blood, she reached out to Jesus in faith. She immediately felt the large tumor in her abdomen dissolve.
I wish I could say she is still alive today, but she did live another seven years until shortly after I turned eighteen. I’m thankful for every miraculous day of those seven years.
9. a. The Lord’s offer—
- I will disown them and destroy them with a plague.
- I will make you into a nation greater and mightier than they.
b. Moses’ objection—
- What will the Egyptians think?
- The inhabitants of Canaan will find out about it.
- They will think God is unable to fulfill His promise to Israel.
c. Moses’ intercession—
- Please, Lord, prove Your power is as great as You have claimed.
- You said You are filled with unfailing love, forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion.
- In keeping with your magnificent, unfailing love, please pardon the sins of this people, just as you have forgiven them ever since they left Egypt.