Introduction: This week we conclude our lesson series on the life of Moses. In this lesson series we saw how God was with Moses every step of the way. God was with Moses when he was a baby in the Nile River, when he spoke with God through a burning bush, during times of plagues and dangers, and even up in the mountain where God gave him the Ten Commandments. After Moses led the people from the harm of Pharaoh, you would think they would be happy and content. But that just wasn't the case. The people still grumbled and complained, saying they would be better off if they were still slaves in Egypt. Moses constantly prayed to the Lord not to be angry with them. He knew God wanted him to lead the Israelites to the promised land. But because of their constant grumbling, no one over 20 years old, except two faithful men named Joshua and Caleb, would see the promised land. Neither would Moses see it. Of the people alive during the time they crossed the Red Sea, only children would make it to the promised land. Everyone else would be wandering around lost in the desert for 40 years.
Be Content, Don't Grumble So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, "What are we to drink?" 百 姓 就 向 摩 西 发 怨 言 ， 说 ： 我 们 喝 甚 麽 呢 ？ Exodus 15:24 2And all the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The whole congregation said to them, "Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness! 以 色 列 众 人 向 摩 西 、 亚 伦 发 怨 言 ； 全 会 众 对 他 们 说 ： 巴 不 得 我 们 早 死 在 埃 及 地 ， 或 是 死 在 这 旷 野 。 Numbers 14:2,
Be Content, Don't Grumble 26And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 27How long will this evil congregation murmur against Me? I have heard the complaints the Israelites murmur against Me. 28Tell them, As I live, says the Lord, what you have said in My hearing I will do to you: 29Your dead bodies shall fall in this wilderness--of all who were numbered of you, from twenty years old and upward, who have murmured against Me, 30Surely none shall come into the land in which I swore to make you dwell, except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun. 31But your little ones whom you said would be a prey, them will I bring in and they shall know the land which you have despised and rejected. 32But as for you, your dead bodies shall fall in this wilderness. 33And your children shall be wanderers and shepherds in the wilderness for forty years and shall suffer for your whoredoms (your infidelity to your espoused God), until your corpses are consumed in the wilderness. 34After the number of the days in which you spied out the land [of Canaan], even forty days, for each day a year shall you bear and suffer for your iniquities, even for forty years, and you shall know My displeasure [the revoking of My promise and My estrangement]. 35I the Lord have spoken; surely this will I do to all this evil congregation who is gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they shall be consumed [by war, disease, plagues], and here they shall die. Numbers 14:26-35
Be Content, Don't Grumble Discussion Questions: 1. What where the people doing that angered God? 2. God said that no one over this age would enter the promised land, except for two men, what was that age? 3. What were the names of the two men that were over 20 that God would allow to enter the promised land? 4. What was it about Joshua and Caleb that God allowed them to enter the promised land? 5. How long did God make the people wander in the dessert?.
Be Content, Don't Grumble Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 你 们 要 互 相 款 待 ， 不 发 怨 言 。 1 Peter 4:9 Jesus answered them, "Do not grumble among yourselves. 耶 稣 回 答 说 ： 你 们 不 要 大 家 议 论 John 6:43
Be Content, Don't Grumble Nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer. 你 们 也 不 要 发 怨 言 ， 像 他 们 有 发 怨 言 的 ， 就 被 灭 命 的 所 灭 。 1 Corinthians 10:10, Do all things without grumbling or questioning 凡 所 行 的 ， 都 不 要 发 怨 言 ， 起 争 论 Philippians 2:14,
Be Content, Don't Grumble Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. 弟 兄 们 ， 你 们 不 要 彼 此 埋 怨 ， 免 得 受 审 判 。 看 哪 ， 审 判 的 主 站 在 门 前 了 。 James 5:9
Conclusion Jesus likes us to be __________, not _________________
Conclusion Jesus likes us to be _ HAPPY , not _GRUMBLING, OR COMPLAIN __ From this passage you can see that God does not like it when people grumble or complain. He wants us to be happy, and content. But the only way we can be truly happy and content is to put Him first. Not our selfish desires or material treasures. These things cannot give us happiness. God truly loves us, and does not want to see us sad. But we must also trust in Him, even during the really tough times. The Bible says, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." (James 1:2-4). This week, let's remember to thank God for all He does for us. Now we are going to have a little game, to review the past five weeks.
Memory Work "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path." Psalm 119:105