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The Wilderness as a Preparatory Experience

From the October 1968 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Moses found he could not transform the children of Israel, whom he led out of slavery in Egypt, into a free and united people in a few months. Their disobedience to God's commands caused them to wander forty years in the wilderness until only Joshua and Caleb were left of the original adults and the tribes were prepared for the battles with the enemies that stood between them and their possession of the Promised Land.