Today’s passage: Numbers 11
- The Lord rescued Israel from their slavery (At their request, Exodus 2:23-25). He miraculously brought them out and brought them to safety. He established them as a people and nation. He gave them order and purpose and confirmed his covenant with them. He forgave them when they almost immediately violated that covenant. He prepared them to set out for the Promised Land…
- “And the people complained in the hearing of the Lord about their misfortunes.”
- The request for meat doesn’t appear to have been the problem. Israel’s desire for Egypt was. They wanted to go back, which was a rejection of God and all He had done.
- When God made the meat available, the greed in the people’s hearts was again revealed. The name of the place where they buried those who died in the Lord’s plague was, “The grave of craving.” The people knew why those had died.
Questions to consider:
- How do you think the attitude of complaining spread all over the camp (The whole nation) of Israel? How can grumbling and complaining become “contagious” and affect (Or infect) other people? How can right thinking about who God is and what He has done for us help expel complaining attitudes in our hearts?
- Compare this passage with Philippians 2:14-18? What similarities do you see between Paul’s desire for the church and Moses’ desire for Israel?
- Why did the young man think Moses would be unhappy with the reality of other men participating in his prophetic ministry? When people possess power in leadership, do they tend to want to share it or accumulate it for themselves? How is shared leadership profitable for everyone involved (Including the leaders)?