Numbers 11T:1-end—1-3 recorded the fire of the LORD that consumed the children of Israel because they complained, and when Moses prayed for them, the fire was quenched. Moses called the place Taberah because the fire of the LORD burnt among them.
4-15-recorded another episode of their murmuring because they were fed up with Manna and they wanted flesh (meat). Moses heard them weeping in their tents while they spoke about their life in Egypt where they enjoyed different kinds of food. The anger of the LORD was kindled greatly and Moses also was displeased with them. It was too much burden for him and Moses told the LORD that he couldn’t carry the burden alone.anymore.
16-30-The LORD told Moses to gather 70 men of the elders of Israel that have reputable character, to appear before HIm so that He can put the spirit which is upon him upon them too. The LORD did this and the men started to prophesy as an evidence that the spirit of the LORD is upon them. Even two of the men who numbered among them but were not there physically with them but were in the camp also prophesied too.
From the beginning of this chapter to the end, we could see the anger of the Lord burning upon His people because of their ingratitude. They forgot that they cried to the LORD for deliverance, and with so many plagues the LORD exhibited among the Egyptians before they could be released. How on earth could the lack of water, food, or meat in the wilderness be compared to the gravity of the suffering they were subjected to in Egypt? How could they forget so easily? This was the reason why God was so angry with them that He sent fire among them to consume them. When they lusted for meat, He promised that He would send meat (quail) to them for a whole month until it started to come out of their nostrils which happened and many perished. Even Moses was wearied too that he asked the LORD to relieve him of the burden and the LORD distributed the burden by pouring the spirit from him upon 70 leaders. This is amazing. See the wonders of God!!
There was a physical manifestation of God among them and yet they murmured and complained. No wonder when Jesus came to this world, they did not believe Him either, with all the miracles He performed among them. “Like father like son”. The lesson I learned from these readings is that I should appreciate everything the LORD is doing in my life. I must learn to trust Him in whatever situation I find myself. He knows all things and He is Sovereign over all circumstances. All He wants from us is to be dependent on Him and come to His presence every day with “Thanksgiving”, appreciating His goodness and mercies on a daily basis. It is a blessing to see a new day. The dead cannot praise God. Instead of complaining of those things we lack, let us look back on His past blessings and thank Him for what He had done and in the same vein, believe that He would do more for us. Psalm 50:14 says “Offer unto God thanksgiving..” and verse 23 says “Whoso offereth praise glorifieth Me, and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.”. I should use my mouth to praise God and not to complain.
Paul says “Not that I speak in respect of want, for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound; everywhere and in all things, I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:11-13. This should be our mindset at all times. Let us learn it too like Paul and it shall be well with us in Jesus’ Name, Amen. Shalom!!!