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The events recorded in Numbers chapter 20 occurred near the end of the wilderness wanderings, nearly 40 years after the Israelites started out (Num 33:38). So what have they learned in the course of those 40 years? The sad answer, at least for the older generation, was virtually nothing. But what about the new generation? There's an old saying, "those who don't remember the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them." This is true of our text in Numbers chapter 20. The new generation failed to learn from the past mistakes of the fathers and this is highlighted by the story recorded in today's chapter. Way back in Exodus chapter 17, we have a similar event that happened during the 1st year when the Israelites (the older generation) left Egypt (Exodus 17). On that first occasion in the wilderness of Sin the people of God quarreled with Moses and put the Lord to the test. They accused Moses with bringing the people out of Egypt simply to make them die of thirst in the wilderness. Now we find the new generation making the same accusation against
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