When Moses told the Israelites this, they were very sad. Early the next morning the people started to go up to the high hill country. They said, “We have sinned. We are sorry that we did not trust the Lord. We will go to the place that the Lord said.
But Moses said, “Why are you not obeying the Lord’s command? You will not be successful! Don’t go into that land. The Lord is not with you, so your enemies will easily defeat you. The Amalekites and Canaanites will fight against you there. You have turned away from the Lord, so he will not be with you when you fight them. And you will all be killed in battle. But the people did not believe Moses. They went toward the high hill country. But Moses and the Ark of the Lord did not go. Then Amalekites and the Canaanites living in the hill country came down and attacked the Israelites and easily defeated them and chased them all the way to the place called Hormah. Num 15.39-45.
This reminds me of people being told because of covid, not to gather and travel and they still gather and travel. Afterwards, suffering begins. If people are being told the truth about covid, it is wrong for them not to obey the warnings. On the other hand, if warnings about covid are lies, this story doesn’t apply and those who congregate and travel, have nothing to worry about. You have a brain, go figure.