Our ancestors were unwilling to obey him, but pushed him away, and in their hearts turned back to Egypt.
Though they had been saved through the waters of the Red Sea in miraculous display, in their hearts they kind of wanted to be back in Egypt.
They pushed Moses away.
They wanted to do their own thing.
Life in the wilderness with God was less ideal to them than life in slavery back in Egypt.
Their accusation was simple: Pharaoh was a better master than Yahweh.
This was the heart disposition of those who died in the wilderness without reaching the promised land in their wanderings.
Don’t make scrapbooks of your sin and look lovingly back upon them as “the good ol’ days”
1 Peter 4:1-5
4 Therefore, since Christ suffered in the flesh, equip yourselves also with the same resolve—because the one who suffered in the flesh has finished with sin— 2 in order to live the remaining time in the flesh, no longer for human desires, but for God’s will. 3 For there has already been enough time spent in doing what the pagans choose to do: carrying on in unrestrained behavior, evil desires, drunkenness, orgies, carousing, and lawless idolatry. 4 So they are surprised that you don’t plunge with them into the same flood of wild living—and they slander you. 5 They will give an account to the One who stands ready to judge the living and the dead.