After 400 years in a foreign land and a miraculous exodus, the Jewish people came to find themselves camped at the foot of Mount Sinai, ready for a season of preparation. Preparation for the Promised Land required logistical findings such as a census, roles to be given to specific persons, guiding for the journey, but also lessons learned along the way. Numbers takes place between 1450-1410 BC, so generationally the people of the age would not enter into the Promised Land, but their children would. It was important to the Lord that this root generation learned of His heart, patience, and trustworthiness so that the legacy of generations to come would know they could indeed trust the Lord. The lesson was clear, God’s people must trust Him, moving ahead by faith if they are to claim His promised land. (Life Application Study Bible).