Daily Bible Study

Bible Reading: Numbers 11-13

Numbers 11:1  And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.

What happened? In the previous chapter the Tabernacle had been setup, worship begun and it seemed the people were excited. But when the party’s over and the daily task of living is resumed the people loose sight of God’s goodness and discontent settles in. An ungrateful people deserve only judgment. What terrible ingrates these people were! Yet the discontent while affecting everyone seemed to stem from a small area “in the uttermost parts of the camp.” Perhaps it was in these outskirts that the mixed multitude dwelt. The desire for all things Egyptian would affect them the most. But what about the Christian that lusts for the pulse of popularity in a wicked world? Isn’t that the same kind of Godless ingratitude? When God’s people are not satisfied with being Godly and long to identify with the godless are they not as bad as these people? The writer of the book of Hebrews says…

Hebrews 13:5

That God can get angry and that He does is clearly seen in this event. Fire was sent and killed a bunch until Moses cries out to God to stay His judgment. This then becomes the over-stressor for Moses. I can understand that. He feels responsible for these people on their journey to the place promised. He succumbs to the same spirit of complaining as the people he leads. DISCONTENT IS AN EXTREEMLY CONTAGIOUS “DISEASE” THAT IF LEFT UNCHECKED WILL KILL THE SPIRIT OF ITS HOST!!

God now decides to grant both their desire in a big way. He takes of Moses spirit and spreads it unto seventy hand-picked leaders of the people to assist Moses. Now, here’s a question: if it was the Spirit of God that enabled Moses to bring the people this far (and it was) and it’s the Spirit of God that must continue to lead them, isn’t Moses the looser here? There is no more Spirit to do the job, it’s just that it is now spread between the 71 of them. Moses is not the same man afterwards that he was before. That’s sad, the man of God has been diminished!

To the people God grants the meat they so desired. Unsatisfied with His mana, God gives them quail piled 3 feet high around the camp and “while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague.” (Numbers 11:33)

MARK IT DOWN PEOPLE, GOD IS NOT PLEASED WITH A UNGRATEFUL, COMPLAINING PEOPLE WHO THOUGHT THEY DESERVE HELL HAVE BEEN LAVISHED BY HIS LOVE!!!

Numbers 12:1 And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.

It wasn’t a lack of leadership that bothered Aaron and Miriam, it wasn’t a lack of Spirituality. It was because they didn’t like the wife he chose. There is no indication that Aaron and Miriam are bothered by the mixed multitude that seem to be negatively influencing the people but they have a problem with the Ethiopian wife of Moses. We see and get the fury of God right here. The WONDERFUL thing about God is, He has our back when we serve Him. Miriam is struck with full-blown leprosy that leaves Aaron and Moses pleading for her restoration. WHAT GRACE MOSES HAS THAT EVEN AFTER BEING ATTACKED BY HER, MOSES PLEADS FOR HER HEALING! Would to God that we had that kind of grace toward each other! God answers Moses prayer for Miriam.

Numbers 13:2 Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them.

Here they are! They have travelled far to get here and they held tenaciously to the promise that they would get a land of their own! The 12 spies that were sent in were not for the purpose of determining their ability to take the land but to report to the camp that indeed it is a land of abundance. But just as Peter saw the waves and the wind when he stepped out of the boat, the spies only saw the obstacles. The only way to see past the obstacles and into the promise is with the eyes of FAITH, nothing else will do. The vast majority of the spies (10) had no faith in God’s ability to carry through. They missed the blessing through unbelief!

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