10. a. In Numbers 14:20 God said, “I will pardon them as you have requested.”
b. The word “but” (“nevertheless” in NIV) in verse 21 indicates there will be consequences for their rebellion.
c. List of consequences—
- They will never even see the land I swore to give their ancestors.
- You will all drop dead in this wilderness!
- Everyone twenty years or older and included in the registration will die.
- The only exceptions will be Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun.
- You will not enter and occupy the land I swore to give you.
- Your children will be like shepherds, wandering in the wilderness for forty years.
- I will certainly do these things to every member of the community who has conspired against me. They will be destroyed here in this wilderness, and here they will die! Numbers 14:35 NLT
11. a. Most people today think it’s fair for others to suffer severe consequences for their sins.
But for their own sins, many make excuses, hire the best lawyer they can afford, etc.
b. Living with the consequences of sin—
The only consequence of sin results from rejecting the free gift of complete forgiveness provided through the death, blood, and sacrifice of Jesus Christ, God’s only Son.
In the Old Testament, the blood of bulls and goats could only “cover” sins and not take them away. (Hebrews 10:4) But the blood of Jesus is not like the blood of animals! For by one sacrifice, the eternal blood of the Son of God has forever removed your sins (Psalm 103:12) and cleansed you of all unrighteousness! (1 John 1:9) In fact, God is so satisfied with His Son’s perfect work that He says to you today, “Your sins and lawless deeds I will by no means remember!” (Hebrews 10:17) And if God does not remember them, why would He punish you for them?
Beloved, you have “redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”. Because Jesus’ work is complete, all your sins have been completely forgiven. And complete forgiveness means that the penalties for your sins can no longer fall on you because they had already fallen on Jesus at the cross. (Isaiah 53:5)
So don’t think for one moment that God is punishing you for some sin just because something bad happened to you. Look to the cross and know that all your sins have already been punished fully in the body of Christ. Believe that God is for you and expect victory! Joseph Prince
The discussion in my BSF group usually leans toward a “we are still under certain parts of the law” bias. Yet, James 2:10 says “For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws.”
That said, there are legal and other consequences to sin not directly caused by God.
Many governments, including the USA, have incorporated some of the moral and civil laws contained within the law God gave to Moses for Israel.
If a person commits a sin defined as a criminal offense, they will likely be charged and subjected to a penalty.
I think this type of consequence is valid. It is intended to keep order and protect the other citizens.
If the law of the land is broken, usually there is a victim or family of the victim. In those cases, I think the person should make restitution or other appropriate penalty.
There are also physical consequences to sin. Drug abuse, gluttony, and other behaviors cause damage to the body.
Families and other relationships suffer when unbridled anger and selfishness lead to physical, emotional, and verbal abuse.
So, sin can lead us down a path to self-destruction, and it interferes with a believer’s relationship with God.
However, we are not under the law given to Moses. We are under grace!
The old way, with laws etched in stone, (the ten commandments) led to death, though it began with such glory that the people of Israel could not bear to look at Moses’ face. For his face shone with the glory of God, even though the brightness was already fading away. Shouldn’t we expect far greater glory under the new way, now that the Holy Spirit is giving life? If the old way, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new way, which makes us right with God! 2 Corinthians 3:9 NLT
12. a. Consequence of their rebellion—The Lord struck the ten scouts with a plague so that they died.
b. We know the Israelites still didn’t get it because—
They complained again.
They disobeyed the Lord again when they said, “Okay, we’re ready to go take the land now.” Even after Moses warned them God would not go with them, they were defiant. They were soundly defeated.
I’m sad for Moses, Caleb and Joshua. They had to mentor a whole new generation while waiting for the rest to die.
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These are my answers to the study questions, not THE answers.