You will find that, as a rule, those who complain about the way the ball bounces are usually the ones who drop it. (Source Unknown)
The human heart is so sinful that it soon forgets God’s blessings, ignores God’s promises, and finds fault with God’s provisions. Just three days after the great praise service by the Red Sea, the people complained against Moses and God because they didn’t have water to drink (Ex. 15:22-27). Now, three days after leaving Sinai they complain again about hardships (v. 1), and about the lack of meat (v. 4). It says that “the mixed multitude” complained. This “mixed multitude” refers to a mixed crowd of Egyptians and others who followed Israel out of Egypt.
The Jews had experienced a miracle six mornings a week when “the bread of heaven” (Psa. 78:24) fell in their camp and provided all the food they needed for the day. However, perhaps influenced by the “mixed multitude,” many of the Jews got tired of their diet and tried to improve on God’s recipe (v. 8). Instead of being satisfied with what God had provided, they wanted the food they had enjoyed in Egypt. They had forgotten the bondage of Egypt and remembered only the things that pleased the flesh. They didn’t ask God to fill their need; instead they demanded meat and they stopped trusting God to care for them.
How tragic it is when professed believers in churches crave substitutes that the world has to offer instead of desiring the heavenly manna of the Word of God (John 6:60-69). In trying to attract and please the “mixed multitude,” churches have turned their sanctuaries into places of entertainment and their ministries into mere performances. Moses had been singing triumphantly about the Lord (10:35-36), but after hearing the people complain, it was not long before he was lamenting about what the Lord had called him to do. The people complained to one another and nothing was accomplished. Moses took his complaint to God who could solve any problem. Many of us are good at complaining to each other instead of taking our problem to the One who can do something about it.
It is so easy to take my eyes off the Lord and focus on myself. Lord help me to keep focused on You.
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Numbers 8:1-18Dedication of the Levites
Numbers 8:19-26Seasons of life
Numbers 9:1-23A reminder of Israel’s deliverance from Egypt
Numbers 10:1-36Israel’s departure from Sinai
Numbers 11:1-15The people complain.
Numbers 11:16-35The Seventy Elders
Numbers 12:1-16Miriam and Aaron oppose Moses
Numbers 13:1-33The spies sent into Canaan
Numbers 14:1-10Israel refuses to enter Canaan
Numbers 14:11-25Moses intercedes for the people
Numbers 14:26-38Death sentence on the rebels
Numbers 14:39-45A futile invasion attempt