This chapter of the journey through God’s story finds the nation God has chosen at the doorstep of the land He promised to give them. In spite of God’s promise and the multitude of ways in which He has acted on their behalf the nation refuses to enter into the land for fear of being trampled by the giants and instead ends up spending 40 years wandering through the desert. Though God wants for His people to receive and experience His blessings, both then and now, He will not enable sinful behavior to go unnoticed or undealt with in our lives.
The story of God continues to unfold as the nation He is establishing ends up enslaved to another nation. They cry out to God, He hears their cries and delivers them through His name, His power, and His plan. The way in which God delivers this young nation offers a glimpse into how He will deliver humankind from enslavement to sin.