Feb 17 23 Israelites Complain


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Feb 17 23 Israelites Complain

  1. 1. The Israelites Complain <ul><li>Have you ever traveled with a bunch of people and it seems some of them are always complaining? </li></ul>
  2. 2. The Israelites Complain <ul><li>Traveling through the desert with 600,000 former slaves, some are bound to complain. </li></ul><ul><li>Something terrible happens when these, God’s people, start complaining. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Israelites Complain <ul><li>Numbers 11:1 NET When the people complained, it displeased the LORD. When the LORD heard it, his anger burned, </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Israelites Complain <ul><li>and so the fire of the LORD burned among them and consumed some of the outer parts of the camp. </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Israelites Complain <ul><li>2 When the people cried to Moses, he prayed to the LORD, and the fire died out. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Israelites Complain <ul><li>3 So he called the name of that place Taberah because there the fire of the LORD burned among them. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Israelites Complain <ul><li>The first ten chapters of Numbers repeatedly emphasize the complete obedience of Moses and the people to the dictates of the Lord. But only three days into their march, the people reverted to disloyal complaints. </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Israelites Complain <ul><li>They had expressed the same complaints a year earlier only three days after their deliverance at the waters of the &quot;Red Sea&quot; and subsequently had complained about manna and a lack of water. fire from the LORD; By God's mercy, this purging fire was limited to the outskirts of the camp. </li></ul><ul><li>(NIV StudyBibleNotes) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Complaints About Food <ul><li>4 Now the mixed multitude who were among them craved more desirable foods, and so the Israelites wept again and said, &quot;If only we had meat to eat! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Complaints About Food <ul><li>The mixed multitude (“rabble,” so NASB, NIV, NRSV; NLT “foreign rabble”) is the translation of an unusual word, הֲָאסַפְסֻף (ha’safsuf) . It occurs in the Hebrew Bible only here. It may mean “a gathering of people” from the verb אָסַף (’asaf) , yielding the idea of a mixed multitude. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Complaints About Food <ul><li>But the root is different, and so no clear connection can be established. Many commentators therefore think the word is stronger, showing contempt through a word that would be equivalent to “riff-raff.” (NET notes) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Complaints About Food <ul><li>Certainly meat was not their common fare when they were slaves in Egypt. Now that they were in a new type of distress, the people romanticized the past and minimized its discomforts. (NIV StudyBible) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Complaints About Food <ul><li>5 We remember the fish we used to eat freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Complaints About Food <ul><li>6 But now we are dried up, and there is nothing at all before us except this manna!&quot; </li></ul>
  15. 15. Complaints About Food <ul><li>The adverb “freely” is from the word חָנַן (khanan, “to be gracious”) , from which is derived the noun “grace.” The word underscores the idea of “free, without cost, for no reason, gratis.” Here the simple sense is “freely,” without any cost. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Complaints About Food <ul><li>But there may be more significance in the choice of the words in this passage, showing the ingratitude of the Israelites to God for His deliverance from bondage. To them now the bondage is preferable to the salvation – this is what angered the Lord. (NETnotes) </li></ul>
  17. 17. Complaints About Food <ul><li>When other people start complaining around you have you found that you start complaining yourself? </li></ul><ul><li>It can be contagious. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Moses' Complaint to the Lord <ul><li>10 Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, everyone at the door of his tent; and when the anger of the LORD was kindled greatly, Moses was also displeased. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Moses' Complaint to the Lord <ul><li>11 And Moses said to the LORD, &quot;Why have you afflicted your servant? Why have I not found favor in your sight, that you lay the burden of this entire people on me? </li></ul>
  20. 20. Moses' Complaint to the Lord <ul><li>12 Did I conceive this entire people? Did I give birth to them, that you should say to me, 'Carry them in your arms, </li></ul>
  21. 21. Moses' Complaint to the Lord <ul><li>as a foster father bears a nursing child,' to the land which you swore to their fathers? </li></ul>
  22. 22. Moses' Complaint to the Lord <ul><li>13 From where shall I get meat to give to this entire people, for they cry to me, 'Give us meat, that we may eat!' </li></ul>
  23. 23. Moses' Complaint to the Lord <ul><li>14 I am not able to bear this entire people alone, because it is too heavy for me! </li></ul>
  24. 24. Moses' Complaint to the Lord <ul><li>15 But if you are going to deal with me like this, then kill me immediately. If I have found favor in your sight then do not let me see my trouble.&quot; </li></ul>
  25. 25. Moses' Complaint to the Lord <ul><li>Moses begins to feel the burden of caring for this people, a stubborn and rebellious people. His complaint shows how contagious their complaining has been. It is one thing to cry out to God about the load of ministry, </li></ul>
  26. 26. Moses' Complaint to the Lord <ul><li>but it is quite another to do it in such a way as to reflect a lack of faith in God’s provision. God has to remind the leader Moses that he, the Lord, can do anything. This is a variation on the theme from Exodus – “who am I that I should lead….” (NETnotes) </li></ul>
  27. 27. The Response of God <ul><li>16 The LORD said to Moses, &quot;Gather to me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know are elders </li></ul>
  28. 28. The Response of God <ul><li>of the people and officials over them, and bring them to the tent of meeting; let them take their position there with you. </li></ul>
  29. 29. The Response of God <ul><li>17 Then I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take part of the spirit that is on you, and will put it on them, </li></ul>
  30. 30. The Response of God <ul><li>and they will bear some of the burden of the people with you, so that you do not bear it all by yourself. </li></ul>
  31. 31. The Response of God <ul><li>The Lord provides Spirit-empowered assistance for Moses. Here is another variation on the theme of Moses’ faith. Just as he refused to lead alone and was given Aaron to share the work, so here he protests the burden and will share it with seventy elders. </li></ul>
  32. 32. The Response of God <ul><li>If God’s servant will not trust wholeheartedly, that individual will not be used by God as he or she might have been. Others will share in the power and the work. Probably one could say that it was God’s will for others to share this leadership – but not to receive it through these circumstances. (NETnotes) </li></ul>
  33. 33. The Response of God <ul><li>18 “And say to the people, 'Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow, and you will eat meat, for you have wept in the hearing of the LORD, saying, </li></ul>
  34. 34. The Response of God <ul><li>&quot;Who will give us meat to eat, for life was good for us in Egypt?&quot; Therefore the LORD will give you meat, and you will eat. </li></ul>
  35. 35. The Response of God <ul><li>that is, “prepare yourselves,” by repentance and submission, to receive to-morrow the flesh you clamor for. But it is evident that the tenor of the language implied a severe rebuke and that the blessing promised would prove a curse. (JFB) </li></ul>
  36. 36. The Response of God <ul><li>19 You will eat, not just one day, nor two days, nor five days, nor ten days, nor twenty days, 20 but a whole month, until it comes out your nostrils and makes you sick, </li></ul>
  37. 37. The Response of God <ul><li>because you have despised the LORD who is among you and have wept before him, saying, &quot;Why did we ever come out of Egypt?&quot; ' &quot; </li></ul>
  38. 38. The Response of God <ul><li>The Lord's response to the great distress of his prophet was twofold—mercy and curse: 1. There was mercy to Moses in that his responsibility was now to be shared by 70 leaders. 2. There was a curse on the people that was analogous to their complaint: They asked for meat and would now become sick with meat. </li></ul><ul><li>(NIVStudyBible) </li></ul>
  39. 39. The Response of God <ul><li>21 Moses said, &quot;The people around me are 600,000 on foot; but you say, 'I will give them meat, that they may eat for a whole month.' </li></ul>
  40. 40. The Response of God <ul><li>22 Would they have enough if the flocks and herds were slaughtered for them? If all the fish of the sea were caught for them, would they have enough?&quot; </li></ul>
  41. 41. The Response of God <ul><li>Six hundred thousand men on foot. The numbers are consistent: A marching force of this size suggests a total population of over 2,000,000. Moses' distress at providing meat for this immense number of people is nearly comical—the task is impossible. (NIVStudyBiblbe) </li></ul>
  42. 42. The Response of God <ul><li>23 And the LORD said to Moses, &quot;Is the LORD's hand shortened? Now you will see whether my word to you will come true or not!&quot; </li></ul>
  43. 43. The Response of God <ul><li>24 So Moses went out and told the people the words of the LORD. He then gathered seventy men of the elders of the people and had them stand around the tabernacle. </li></ul>
  44. 44. The Response of God <ul><li>25 And the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to them, and he took some of the Spirit that was on Moses and put it on the seventy elders. </li></ul>
  45. 45. The Response of God <ul><li>When the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied, but did not do so again. </li></ul><ul><li>the Spirit </li></ul><ul><li>God's empowering presence. </li></ul>
  46. 46. The Response of God <ul><li>they prophesied Probably means that they gave ecstatic expression to an intense religious experience. but they did not do so again. It seems that the temporary gift of prophecy to the elders was primarily to establish their credentials as Spirit-empowered leaders. (NIVStudyBible) </li></ul>
  47. 47. The Response of God <ul><li>When we get to the New Testament we’ll comment on how gifts from God were given to establish credentials and provide guidance until the written Word of God came. </li></ul>
  48. 48. Eldad and Medad <ul><li>26 But two men remained in the camp; one's name was Eldad, and the other's name was Medad. And the spirit rested on them. </li></ul>
  49. 49. Eldad and Medad <ul><li>(Now they were among those in the registration, but had not gone to the tabernacle.) So they prophesied in the camp. </li></ul>
  50. 50. Eldad and Medad <ul><li>27 And a young man ran and told Moses, &quot;Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp!&quot; </li></ul>
  51. 51. Eldad and Medad <ul><li>28 Joshua son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his choice young men, said, &quot;My lord Moses, stop them!&quot; </li></ul>
  52. 52. Eldad and Medad <ul><li>29 Moses said to him, &quot;Are you jealous for me? I wish that all the LORD's people were prophets, that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!&quot; </li></ul>
  53. 53. Eldad and Medad <ul><li>Are you jealous for my sake? Here the true spirit of Moses is demonstrated. Rather than being threatened by the public demonstration of the gifts of the Spirit by Eldad and Medad, Moses desired that all God's people might have the full gifts of the Spirit. (NIVStudyBible) </li></ul>
  54. 54. Provision of Quail <ul><li>31 Now a wind went out from the LORD and brought quail from the sea, and let them fall near the camp, </li></ul>
  55. 55. Provision of Quail <ul><li>about a day's journey on this side, and about a day's journey on the other side, all around the camp, and about three feet high on the surface of the ground. </li></ul>
  56. 56. Provision of Quail <ul><li>Can you imagine how many quail it would take to make a 3 foot pile. That just blows my mind! </li></ul>
  57. 57. Provision of Quail <ul><li>32 And the people stayed up all that day, all that night, and all the next day, and gathered the quail. </li></ul>
  58. 58. Provision of Quail <ul><li>The one who gathered the least gathered ten homers, (That is, probably about 60 bushels) and they spread them out for themselves all around the camp. </li></ul>
  59. 59. Provision of Quail <ul><li>33 But while the meat was still between their teeth, before they chewed it, the anger of the LORD burned against the people, </li></ul>
  60. 60. Provision of Quail <ul><li>and the LORD struck the people with a very great plague. </li></ul><ul><li>In what way, and with what effects, we cannot precisely determine. </li></ul>
  61. 61. Provision of Quail <ul><li>Some heavy judgment fell upon those murmurers and complainers, but of what kind the sacred writer says nothing. (Clarke) </li></ul>
  62. 62. Provision of Quail <ul><li>34 So the name of that place was called Kibroth Hattaavah, because there they buried the people that craved different food. </li></ul>
  63. 63. Guidance From Numbers 11 <ul><li>What can we take from the 11th chapter of Numbers? Be content with the place and circumstance God has you in. Don’t be a complainer! </li></ul>
  64. 64. Guidance From Numbers 11 <ul><li>God provided people to help Moses. If we are in need of help He will send it. </li></ul>
  65. 65. Guidance From Numbers 11 <ul><li>We are to prepare ourselves in repentance and submission. Moses prophetic desire for God’s people to have the Spirit of God has been fulfilled in: </li></ul>
  66. 66. Guidance From Numbers 11 <ul><li>Mark 1:7 NET He proclaimed, &quot;One more powerful than I am is coming after me; I am not worthy to bend down and untie the strap of his sandals. </li></ul>
  67. 67. Guidance From Numbers 11 <ul><li>8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>This takes place at our conversion as stated in: </li></ul>
  68. 68. Guidance From Numbers 11 <ul><li>Acts 2:38 NET Peter said to them, &quot;Repent, and each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. </li></ul>
  69. 69. Guidance From Numbers 11 <ul><li>Can we strive to be </li></ul><ul><li>day by day, </li></ul><ul><li>hour by hour, </li></ul><ul><li>minute by minute, </li></ul><ul><li>The servant of Christ God wants us to be? </li></ul>