When God brought the Israelites out of the slavery of Egypt, he took brought them to Mt. Sinai and explained to them who they were, who he was, how they were to relate to him, how they were to relate each other, and he promised them the Promised Land. Then he sent them into the Wilderness where they learned what all that meant, and why it was so important. We often lose sight of the fact that he brought them out as a people and sent them to the Promised Land as a people. They endured their failures - together, and they rejoiced as God repeatedly blessed them – together.