1500 to 1100 B.C – Israel’s Journey to & Conquest of Canaan
Because of his people’s disobedience, God forces them to journey in the wilderness for 40 years. One time, God sends poisonous snakes among his people. At the same time, God tells Moses to make a brass snake and raise it on a pole. Anyone who trusts God and looks at the brass snake on the pole is saved. Again, this incident pre-figures Christ, who died on a cross and saves those who trust him. Joshua succeeds Moses as leader of Israel and leads the people divided into the twelve tribes, named after the sons of Jacob and Joseph. After the death of Joshua, God appoints “judges” to lead his people. The last of these judges is a prophet called Samuel.