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It seems the Israelites moved around a lot in the desert for forty years. That seemed like a hassle.

Here are the stages in the journey of the Israelites when they came out of Egypt by divisions under the leadership of Moses and Aaron. At the LORD’s command Moses recorded the stages in their journey. This is their journey by stages. . .Numbers 33:1-2

Numbers 33 gives us a detailed itinerary for the Israelites time in the desert. It very specifically details each movement over the 40 years in the desert. There are 42 legs of the trip mentioned. That’s approximately one trip a year. Not too bad. It gives you some time to settle, then move.

Around the eleventh trip, they received the instructions for the tabernacle and built it, so they moved the tabernacle only 31 times in 38 years.

They probably were glad to move around a little, see some new sights. The harder part was facing off on enemies who felt threatened and attacked.