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December 26, 2018

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Numbers 11 (ESV)

And the people complained in the hearing of the Lord about their misfortunes, and when the Lord heard it, his anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some outlying parts of the camp. Then the people cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to the Lord, and the fire died down. So the name of that place was called Taberah, because the fire of the Lord burned among them.

Now the rabble that was among them had a strong craving. And the people of Israel also wept again and said, “Oh that we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. But now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.”

Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like that of bdellium.The people went about and gathered it and ground it in handmills or beat it in mortars and boiled it in pots and made cakes of it. And the taste of it was like the taste of cakes baked with oil. When the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell with it.

10 Moses heard the people weeping throughout their clans, everyone at the door of his tent. And the anger of the Lord blazed hotly, and Moses was displeased.11 Moses said to the Lord, “Why have you dealt ill with your servant? And why have I not found favor in your sight, that you lay the burden of all this people on me? 12 Did I conceive all this people? Did I give them birth, that you should say to me, ‘Carry them in your bosom, as a nurse carries a nursing child,’ to the land that you swore to give their fathers? 13 Where am I to get meat to give to all this people? For they weep before me and say, ‘Give us meat, that we may eat.’ 14 I am not able to carry all this people alone; the burden is too heavy for me. 15 If you will treat me like this, kill me at once, if I find favor in your sight, that I may not see my wretchedness.”

16 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Gather for me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them, and bring them to the tent of meeting, and let them take their stand there with you. 17 And I will come down and talk with you there. And I will take some of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them, and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, so that you may not bear it yourself alone. 18 And say to the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat, for you have wept in the hearing of the Lord, saying, “Who will give us meat to eat? For it was better for us in Egypt.” Therefore the Lord will give you meat, and you shall eat. 19 You shall not eat just one day, or two days, or five days, or ten days, or twenty days, 20 but a whole month, until it comes out at your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you, because you have rejected the Lord who is among you and have wept before him, saying, “Why did we come out of Egypt?”’” 21 But Moses said, “The people among whom I am number six hundred thousand on foot, and you have said, ‘I will give them meat, that they may eat a whole month!’ 22 Shall flocks and herds be slaughtered for them, and be enough for them? Or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, and be enough for them?” 23 And the Lord said to Moses, “Is the Lord‘s hand shortened? Now you shall see whether my word will come true for you or not.”

24 So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord. And he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tent. 25 Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. And as soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied. But they did not continue doing it.

26 Now two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the Spirit rested on them. They were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. 27 And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” 28 And Joshua the son of Nun, the assistant of Moses from his youth, said, “My lord Moses, stop them.” 29 But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord‘s people were prophets, that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!” 30 And Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.

31 Then a wind from the Lord sprang up, and it brought quail from the sea and let them fall beside the camp, about a day’s journey on this side and a day’s journey on the other side, around the camp, and about two cubits above the ground.32 And the people rose all that day and all night and all the next day, and gathered the quail. Those who gathered least gathered ten homers. And they spread them out for themselves all around the camp. 33 While the meat was yet between their teeth, before it was consumed, the anger of the Lord was kindled against the people, and the Lord struck down the people with a very great plague. 34 Therefore the name of that place was called Kibroth-hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had the craving. 35 From Kibroth-hattaavah the people journeyed to Hazeroth, and they remained at Hazeroth.

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  1. And the People Complained

    As I write this, I want to grumble. There are at least three things that come to mind this early "day after Christmas" morning that I want to grumble about. One is particularly "grumble-worthy."

    When we think of all the things we do which can grieve the Sprit of God, grumbling may not come to mind as quickly as other things do. Maybe it doesn't come to mind at all! But grumbling is as natural as any other sin. For those who may not grumble or complain audibly, we know all too well how we can grumble under our breath and grumble to ourselves (at least we think it's to ourselves).

    In writing about Israel's complaining, Iain Duguid writes, "the root of grumbling is unbelief. The vision of the grumblers was fatally flawed. Their perspective on both the past and the present was distorted. The past suddenly became a golden age in which everything had been wonderful: “Egypt! The old country! That glorious place of fish suppers and great salads! How green was the grass in the Nile valley!” Now one might well ask, “If it was really such a wonderful place, why were they so eager to leave it? What about the harsh taskmasters of Egypt, the endless making of bricks without straw?” (Exodus 5:6–21). Their memory of the past had become strangely forgetful, developing strategic holes.

    "Not only was their memory of the past selective and flawed, so was their perspective on the present. We might paraphrase their grumbling like this: “If I see one more piece of manna, I think I’m going to be sick. Manna, manna, manna—that’s all we ever eat anymore. Manna is boring, unattractive, and tasteless. We want some other kind of food.” That was their skewed perspective on God’s provision, and lest we be deceived into having some sympathy for them, the narrator takes the time to challenge each of their assertions in turn" [Numbers 11:7-9]."

    Duguid, I. M., & Hughes, R. K. (2006). Numbers: God’s presence in the wilderness (pp. 149–150). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

    Grumbling and complaining distorts our vision, skews our memories and causes us to not appreciate all that God has provided for us. It robs us of joy, contentment and peace.

    When we grumble and complain, even to ourselves, we're not the only ones who know. God knows. He even hears our unspoken grumblings in our minds because He knows our thoughts. What a thought!

    Faith helps us overcome grumbling and complaining. When we have faith and appropriate the faith we have, we are able to see clearly, we see the past through God's perspective and we appreciate all the blessings God has for us. We have joy, contentment and peace. 

    And when we experience this joy, contentment and peace, God knows that too!

    How hard is it to not grumble and complain?

    Is grumbling and complaining something you struggle with?

    Has the grumbling of others influenced you to grumble? 

    Has your grumbling caused others to grumble?

    Right now I'm convicted about sighing out loud. I just did that. I don't want to do that. I also don't want to grumble and complain (even to myself).

    Lord, help me to not grumble. Help me to not sigh in frustration or show my disappointment or disapproval visually or audibly in any way. Help me not to grumble and complain in my mind so I can hold every thought captive unto the obedience of Christ. Help me to have stronger faith and a deeper resolve in your sovereignty – especially in those things which I may consider grumble-worthy. 

  2. I thought about your questions and realized that someone else's grumbling had caused me to grumble as well! 

    I get so frustrated and even sometimes disgusted at what sometimes can seem to be a never-ending string of complaints from people. 

    I'm going to pray that God helps me to have a different perspective about this and shows me a way to use it for His glory. 

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