There were different reasons. For one thing, everyone who was 20 years old and upward was going to die, so all you would have left would have been people 19 and under. To destroy them all at once wouldn't have left that many to inherit the land, and you would have basically had children going to war. As it was, there was not enough people to fill the entire land of Canaan, and that was why God was gradually having them inherit the land, so it wouldn't be overridden by wild animals.
I believe that it was the will of God that many more children would be born during that 40 year time span, which would keep the numbers from dwindling way down. It would leave parents to raise those children. One other thing I would add is that since God is all knowing, I don't think any of what happened really took him by surprise. There is a principal known as a cup of iniquity, and when a nation's cup is full, then comes the final judgment on that nation. I suspect that the cup of iniquity of the inhabitants of Canaan would not be full for an additional 40 years, but that is just an opinion. It is possible that it was already up, but they were given an extra 40 years of mercy.
Those are just things that come to my mind. Who really can fully know the mind of God besides the Lord himself?
And Rejoice, I love answering questions, so don't feel like you are being a bother. Any questions that you have, feel free to ask. If I know the answer, I will give it to you, and if I am not sure, I will seek it out.
John: You are far better to us than we deserve. We place all of our trust in you and in you alone. You alone are God. You are the way, the truth, and the life. You are the only way of salvation and we worship and praise you.
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John: Thank you Father. Thank you Jesus Christ. Thank you Holy Spirit. We praise you blessed Trinity. Hallelujah to the Lamb of God and our conquering King. Praise you Lord Jesus.
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Les: Hello John and everyone. All the Glory and Praise to our wonderful Lord - Another great day that our God has created for us.
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ohhello: You have all been prayed for. The Lord be praised.
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frienduff: Hello everyone . Let the wonderous Lord be praised my friends .
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frienduff: Letters has a birthday sneaking up .
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frienduff: Let all affections be above on our Lord . You all are loved my friends . Let us be diligent in our walk and looking out for one another . Having all hope in the Lord .
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ohhello: The glorious biblical Lord Jesus be praised. Wonderful praises and prayers in the shout box here. We continually keep thanking the Lord, for this is His will for us. Feasting on the KJV bibles.
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ohhello: You have all been prayed for.
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frienduff: Yes indeed dear sister . Yes indeed . Let the LORD be praised .
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