In Ch.14, v.39-40 the bible says "all of the people of Israel mourned and then rose up the next morning to go into the land of milk and honey." If they all died in battle, who's left for Moses to address? Is Moses (at the beginning of Ch.15) just addressing just the women and children of the men of battle, and Joseph and Caleb along with their descendants? Israel is getting smaller and smaller (even another 14,700 plus were dead after the rebel of Korah, Dathan, & Abiram, Ch.16, v.49), but no matter how many Israelites die, there's always still enough of them left for God to have Moses address them and continue writing new sacrificial laws for them to follow. How is this possible when so many are dying? Who's left? Who is Moses addressing?
Numbers 15:1 - 21
ESV - 1 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying. 2 Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When you come into the land you are to inhabit, which I am giving you.
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It was only the generation of people who originally left Egypt who were allowed to die in the wilderness due to their continued unbelief and lack of faith. However, after 40 years in the wilderness, they spawned at least two new generations and it was their children and grandchildren, along with Joshua and Caleb, who entered Canaan.
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