“They awoke early in the morning and went up to the peak of the mountain, saying, ‘We are ready to go up to the place of which Hashem spoke, for we have sinned.’ They defiantly went up the mountain peak…The Amalekite and the Canaanite descended…and they smote and crushed them until Chormah.” 14:40-45
This tragic episode reveals how sensitive the issue of conquering Eretz Yisroel really is. Regardless of how passionate we may feel toward the land, it simply cannot be had on our terms. Our ability to acquire the land is predicated upon Hashem’s permission to do so. Regardless of our strength or dedication to this ideal, we will not be successful in capturing it until He allows us to do so. Conversely, when Hashem decides that the time is ripe for the Jewish people to control the land, our military prowess or lack thereof will not be a factor either. Under the leadership of Yehoshua, the people occupied the land with minimal effort. Rashi [Devarim 1:8] writes that had the sin of the spies not occurred, even that minimal effort would not have been necessary.