Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them.”” (Numbers 14:9, ESV)

Moses, Aaron, Joshua, and Caleb know that the generation of the Exodus are prone to do two things here that deny God’s power:

  • Rebel against the Lord.  The word “rebel” is often used in the OT to refer to resisting divine authority as here.  God had told the people to take the land, they decided that it was too dangerous.  They rebelled against his command.
  • Fear the people of the land.  Here the sin was that the generation of the Exodus was looking at the problem rather than looking at their God.  The problem was too much for them, they shrunk back in fear.  Let him who is without sin in this, throw the first stone.

If we are honest with ourselves, we are all too likely to do just as the generation of the Exodus.  We are prone to not do what God calls us to do, because it is too difficult, or there appears no apparent way to do it; or we are fearful of men and react to them rather than obey God.