“ . . . but the people became impatient on the way.” (Numbers 21:4b)
If you know the story of the Hebrews as they were lead to the promised land by Moses, you will also know it was a journey that was long and fraught with problems and discontent. After so many generations in Egypt, they had gotten uses to a certain way of living. It was not their fault, actually. They had never lived as children of the Lord God. It was all new to them. You see, if you assumed they had forgotten what it was like to follow the Lord God, you would be mistaken. While they carried on the tradition of worshiping the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – the generation that came out of Egypt had always lived in a settled area where there was an infrastructure that supported their daily life. They never had to depend on God for their sustenance and livelihood. This period of time when my life has been totally changed has tested me, so I can only image (and really I do not want to) what their nomadic life was like.