From Egypt to the land God promised them (Leviticus, Number, Deuteronomy, Joshua)
The Israelites crossed the Red Sea and went through the desert. Moses led the people to a mountain called Mt. Sinai. God gave Moses the 10 commandments here. God gave them the 10 commandments so that they could learn what kind of nation God wanted them to be. The law also showed them how sinful they were. God gave them moral, ceremonial, and civil laws. The Israelites began to follow God’s laws. The Israelites were not to live like the other nations. The Israelites were God’s chosen people, set apart for His special purpose. The people knew exactly what was wrong and what was right. Moses continued to lead the people and they came to a place name Kadesh Barnea. They were close to the land God had promised them. Moses sent 12 spies to spy into the land. Ten spies came back and told Moses there were giants in the land and that there was no way they could go in and take over the land. Two spies (Joshua and Caleb) came back and expressed confidence in God’s ability to help them defeat the Canaanites (the people who lived in the land God had promised them) who were living in the land. The people refused to enter the land because they did not believe in the power of God to help then overtake the people who lived in the land. God punished the people by making them live in the wilderness for 40 years because they did not trust in Him. Moses died and the people entered the land with their new leader Joshua. Joshua led them across the Jordan River. They conquered and divided they land. The Israelites did not completely get rid of the people in Canaan. This brought about trouble later for the Israelites, because the Canaanites did not live by God’s laws. The land was divided according to the 12 sons of Jacob (the 12 tribes of Israel).