Earlier in this Chapter we read, “The Lord said to Moses, ‘How long will these people treat Me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in Me, in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed among them?’ ” From the very start, the Israelites had grumbled, complained, whined, and tested God at every turn of their journey out of Egypt, and His anger and frustration had finally reached a boiling point. So God’s judgment came down and the wilderness wandering for 40 years began. Wanton unbelief costing a entire generation the blessing of crossing over into the Promised Land. And as it slowly sunk in, they sadly recognized the true nature and power of His opposition, became painfully aware of His justice and truth, and personally tasted doom in their lives.