Study 6 Presentation 

The Story also talks about five movements that take part in God’s Story: 

Movement 1: The Story of the Garden (Genesis 1-11) 

Movement 2: The Story of Israel (Genesis 12 ‚Äď Malachi)¬†

Movement 3: The Story of Jesus (Matthew ‚Äď John)¬†

Movement 4: The Story of the Church (Acts ‚Äď Jude)¬†

Movement 5: The Story of a New Garden (Revelation) 


After one year at Mt. Sinai, time to head to the Promised Land 

Set out from Mt. Sinai 

Organized by their 12 tribes 

Magnificent procession 

God leads by cloud and fire 

God always keeps His promises 

Demonstrated His power 

Demonstrated care for His people 

Demonstrated that sin would be punished 

Demonstrated His willingness to forgive 

People continue to complain, rebel, and even reject God 

Timeless Truth: God’s promises demand our trust 

1. Disobedient People 

a. Complain about hardships 

i. Three days 

ii. Fire from the Lord 

iii. Taberah 

b. Complain about manna 

i. Moses complains to God 

1. 70 elders gathered to aid Moses 

ii. Quail provided 

iii. Plague 

iv. Kibroth Hataavah 

c. Miriam and Aaron complain about Moses and his wife 

i. Desire to be in charge 

1. Side note: Moses’ humility 

ii. God speaks on behalf of Moses

iii. Miriam’s punishment 

1. Leprosy 

2. Moses intercedes 

3. Unclean for seven days ‚Äď don‚Äôt hear about Miriam again until her death¬†

iv. Hazeroth to Desert of Paran 

2. Promised Land 

a. Kadesh Barnea ‚Äď Kadesh became synonymous with defeat and missed opportunity¬†

b. Twelve to explore the land 

i. One from each tribe 

ii. Negev to the hill country 

c. Forty days 

d. Report

i. Land flows with milk and honey 

1. Milk ‚Äď abundant pastures¬†

2. Honey ‚Äď fertile farmland¬†

ii. Fruit of the land 

1. Single cluster of grapes carried by two people 

iii. Powerful enemies, fortified cities, giants 

1. Anakites, descendants of Nephilim (Genesis 6) 

e. Recommendations 

i. Caleb says to attack 

ii. Ten leaders say no 

1. People of the land are too strong 

3. God’s Decision 

a. Israelites grumble 

i. Consider returning to Egypt 

ii. Consider stoning Moses, Aaron, Joshua, and Caleb 

1. Moses and the faithful leaders grieve over the lack of faith 

b. God intervenes 

i. Glory present before the people 

ii. God considers destroying the people 

iii. Moses intercedes 

c. Punishment 

i. 40 years of wandering 

1. One year for each day in the Promised Land 

ii. Only Caleb and Joshua will enter the Promised Land 

1. 10 leaders who gave the bad report killed by a plague 

iii. Those 20 years and older will die in the wilderness 

d. Israelite foolishness 

i. Decide to attack 

1. Moses warns them not to attack a. God will not fight for them 

2. Badly defeated 

4. Wandering 

a. Cycle continues 

i. Rebellion 

ii. Punishment 

iii. Repentance 

b. Korah’s rebellion 

i. Levite ‚Äď Kohathite charged with caring for the tabernacle furniture, must have been a person of status and leadership to enlist so many followers¬†

1. Desire to be equal to Aaron 

ii. Punishment 

1. Korah, Dathan, Abiram, and their families swallowed by the earth 

2. 250 Levites offering incense consumed by God’s fire 

c. People complain about what happened ‚Äď death of so many false leaders should have brought repentance but instead brings more complaints¬†

i. Plague kills 14,700 

5. Forty Years Later 

a. Return to Kadesh 

i. Place where the spies had entered the Promised Land 

b. Death of Miriam ‚Äď Miriam, Aaron, and Moses all die in the fortieth year of wandering¬†

i. Surprising that there is no period of mourning 

c. People complain 

i. Meribah ‚Äď means quarrelling¬†

ii. No water 

iii. God tells Moses to speak to the rock

iv. Moses strikes the rock 

1. Frustration 

2. Does not give God the glory 

3. Punishment: Moses and Aaron will not enter the Promised Land 

d. Edomites 

i. Refuse to allow the Israelites to pass through their land 

e. Death of Aaron

 i. Mount Hor 

ii. 30 days of mourning 

f. Canaanites 

i. Attack Israel 

ii. Israelites vow to completely destroy their cities

iii. Hormah 

g. People complain 

i. Impatient 

1. Travel around Edom 

2. Complain about everything: wilderness, food, water 

ii. Punishment 

1. Venomous serpents 

iii. Bronze serpent on a pole 

1. Look at the serpent and believe to be saved 

2. Symbol of punishment becomes the symbol of hope ‚Äď like the cross¬†

3. Image of Jesus lifted on the cross 

h. Amorites 

i. Defeated by the Israelites 

ii. Occupy their cities 

i. Bashan 

i. Defeated by the Israelites

ii. Occupy their cities 

6. Moabites 

a. Descendants of Lot 

b. Allied with Midianites 

c. Fear of Israel has spread ‚Äď God‚Äôs angel going ahead of the people¬†

d. Recruit Balaam to curse Israel 

i. Donkey ‚Äď saves Balaam from God‚Äôs anger three times¬†

ii. Blesses Israel three times 

e. Alternate plan 

i. Alliance with Israel 

ii. Immorality and idolatry 

1. Baal worship 

2. Balaam’s idea 

f. Punishment 

i. Death sentence for immorality 

ii. Phineas, grandson of Aaron 

1. Man brings Moabite princess to the assembly 

2. Kills them both with a spear 

iii. Plague 

1. 24,000 die 

g. Warfare with Midianites (after the census) ‚Äď Holy War¬†

i. Balaam is killed 

ii. All the Midianite men were killed in battle 

iii. No Jewish casualties 

iv. Midianite surviving males and all women, except virgins, are put to death 

7. Census 

a. Numbering the people 

b. Previous generation have all passed away 

8. Death of Moses 

a. Joshua named successor 

b. Last words 

i. Book of Deuteronomy 

ii. One who could not speak (Exodus 3) now gives moving speech 

c. Summary 

i. Love and obey the true God 

ii. There are blessings for obedience

iii. There are curse for disobedience 

iv. Choose to follow God and live 

d. The covenant renewed 

e. Mount Nebo 

f. Allowed to see all of the Promised Land 

g. Buried by God 

9. Applications 

a. Trust God 

b. There are consequences for unbelief 

c. Sin leads to death 

d. Choose life by obeying God

e. The deliverance of Israel points to Jesus 

Deuteronomy 6:4-5 (ESV) 

4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 

5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.