Our Obstinance and God's Grace
God told Moses that because of the people's obstinance He was not going to go with them to the promised land. Notice Moses response in the following verse. I wonder how many times in our obstinance and self sufficiency we leave God behind and just blend in with everyone else. We are supposed to be a peculiar people, distinctly different from the world.
For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?"