“Your children will be shepherds here for forty years, suffering for your unfaithfulness, until the last of your bodies lies in the wilderness. For forty years–one year for each of the forty days you explored the land–you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have me against you. I, the LORD, have spoken, and I will surely do these things to this whole wicked community, which has banded together against me. They will meet their end in this wilderness; here they will die” Numbers 14: 34-35e
“The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation” Numbers 14:18
God is sovereign, loving and forgiving. He will forgive us of our sins if we repent from the heart, yet he loves us too much to allow us to live consequence free- lives. Rebellious behavior and sin will always cost us something—there will always be a lesson learned and a hefty price to pay.