The Israelite’s were prevented from entering the Promised Land because of their unbelief. Throughout history, God’s people continued to struggle with lack of faith. When the people complained against God and criticized Moses they were severely punished. Numbers ends as it begins, with preparation. This new generation of Israelites was numbered and sanctified. After defeating numerous armies, they settled on the east side of the Jordan River. There they faced their greatest test, to cross the river and posses the beautiful land God had promised to them. The lesson is clear. God’s people must trust him, moving ahead by faith if they are to claim his promised land.