Back in the Old Testament! Read Bethany’s overview here, it also has the link to the Bible Project video.
“Normally it takes only eleven days to travel from Mount Sinai to Kadesh-barnea, going by way of Mount Seir. But forty years after the Israelites left Egypt, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses addressed the people of Israel, telling them everything the Lord had commanded him to say.” 1:2-3
The Israelites spent 40 years on an eleven day journey. According to faulty internet research, this would be about a 9 hour drive, but who knows. The point is: God was taking them the long way (and he is very clear about his intentions with this in Numbers 14).
My husband, in his wisdom, once said that we’re not ready for the promise land right out of slavery either. The relatable parallels between the Israelites and our Christian hearts are unending; we have so much to draw from their (literal) walk with God.
We are all individually on a journey in the wilderness with Jesus. Sometimes we’re following him diligently, as he fends off our enemies and drops provisions down like manna from the sky. Other times we’re camped out in one spot in life, restlessly turning our attention to other idols as we grow impatient.
“But I said to you, ‘Don’t be shocked or afraid of them! The Lord your God is going ahead of you. He will fight for you, just as you saw him do in Egypt. And you saw how the Lord your God cared for you all along the way as you traveled through the wilderness, just as a father cares for his child. Now he has brought you to this place.’ “ 1:29-31
God might be taking you the long way through the wilderness, but he is with you.
We are so excited to read through this story again!