Numbers may as well have been entitled “Rebellion and Grumblings.”
Over and over again, the contrast between Father’s faithfulness and Israel’s faithlessness erupt.
Think of all the stories where the people’s rebellion brought difficulty and discipline to the newly emancipated slaves:
*Mariam and Aaron’s defiance of Moses leadership. Mariam’s ensuing leprosy.
*Fussing about Moses and Aaron being in charge and the staff that budded.
*Mannah provided every morning. Because of complaining.
*Quail coming out their noses. See above reason.
*Unbelieving spies not trusting God and 40 years of needless wandering.
*Not having water to drink and Moses struggle with people, caused Moses to sin against God.
*Phinehas running a spear through a man and foreign woman for having sex in the camp. Incidently, a plague did stop after that.
*Balaks hiring of Balaam to curse the Israelites and not able to.
Our friends test God at every level, even while God is providing for their needs.
How often is my ‘grumble-ometer’ totally pegged on overload and Father continues to show himself faithful? Numbers 14:18-19 says, “The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love, and forgiving sin.”
The words we use either bless folks or curse them. We have learned that it is better to bless, to encourage, to pray for, to forgive, to love, to bring life, and to see success in our selves, relationships, families, and town. The above picture shows some of our churches favorite scripture. It is a small silver scroll found in 1979 in the desert of Israel. Marked as the most significant archaeological find ever, it dates back to the 7th century BCE. The paleo-Hebrew scrawl says, “May the Lord bless you and keep you, May the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you, May the Lord turn his face towards you and give you peace” Numbers 6:22-24 affectionately called the Priestly Blessing or Aaronic Blessing.
It happened again. Just going through material read so many times before and boom- something new.
Last year when we did B90X, I had an ambivalent reaction to Moses’ death at the end of Deuteronomy. The man worked really hard for God. I know he was called specifically for his work, but think about what he had before he left Egypt for his second 40 years of life to be a shepherd in the wilderness he would eventually wander in. He put up with a ton of carp from a whole pile of rebellious people. He even talked the Lord out of killing the whole lot of them one time (Num 14).
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I am late today in getting my reading done. Wow. What a story!
“Complaining and Grumbling”- The Steady Diet of Humanity
I am not sure that I have notice the words complaining and grumbling so many times in this section of scripture before. It seems that in each and every case, those who do so think they have justification for their words, when in reality, do not. Father takes this action very seriously. Whether it was against him or the leadership in place, it is not well received. To us, complaining and grumbling seem innocuous. In reality, complaining and grumbling are the same as slander and murder. Boy do I want to be careful regarding how I speak against those in leadership over me.
To think that in this section we see lots of interesting things. Moses arguing with Father. This is the first time this shows up. I wonder if the habit the Israelites had wore on him? We also see the signs of the first church split. The first stoning. Joshua worried about gifts manifesting outside the Tent of Meeting. Just ten men able to pollute the remaining folks in the crowd that going the route of the sea is a bad thing. It doesn’t take much for a cancer to spread does it? Speaking life-giving encouragement does take effort. I wonder if the percentage of 10 of 12 holds true in our culture today? That means that only 17% of people use gracious words? I don’t know, but I want to be part of the 17%!
Good morning Kingdom Seekers!
I heard so many positive comments regarding our guest. Heaps of you got a whole lot out of it and enjoyed hearing The Word from a different voice and paradigm. Rick really challenged some folks in The Word and in life. He brought out some really good points and the way he wove the three blessings into the lives of Abraham, Jesus, and then to us was masterful. I was blessed to have a day to enjoy and to be really fed in some areas. It helps to be hungry, amen? And we can only be hungry be eating more. Remember it is not like natural hunger.
Thank you to everyone who talked to him afterwards. That is so very important. To acknowledge him with a thanks, a question, or an introduction from as many of you as possible is part of being a Kingdom Subject. Recognizing his scholasticism and dedication to The Word and teaching it to others was so very important. I know that many of you did that. You blessed me in that.