While reading the Bible over the course of several years, I have made many small comments to myself. Numbers 11 has several of those I would like to share with you this morning. Some of the quotes come from translations other than the ESV.
Numbers 11:1 - "Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the Lord, and when he heard them his anger was aroused." The LORD hears when I complain? Do my complaints arouse His anger? Does God consider my complaining as a sin against Him? Since God is the Sovereign LORD of all creation, ultimately when I complain, am I in some way complaining about Him? But I only complain about people or situations. Who has allowed or brought those people and situations into my life?
Numbers 11:4-6 - Every time I read about the people fondly looking back at Egypt, I realize how easy it is for me to relive memories when I was a slave to sin. Their recall was twisted, thinking the food they had was free. They were slaves! How are my memories of life before Christ Jesus twisted? At what cost did I live a life of rebellion against God? What is the cost of my current rebellion against God and His ways?
Numbers 11:10-15 - I love the stories of the lives of the people in the Bible. God does not "whitewash" their lives. He shows His power through them. It is always the perfection of Christ, not Roy. Thank You, Jesus.
Numbers 11:17 - What a blessing! Moses, this amazing man of God, has the Spirit "on him," while those who follow Christ after the day of Pentecost have the Spirit "in them."
Numbers 11:18-20 - I like quail, but to eat it for a month?
H.L. Mencken is quoted as saying "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard." I am not sure if that is true or not, but that seems to be God's attitude toward the Israelites. They wanted meat, so He gave them meat and lots of it. Have I ever wanted something desperately until God gave it to me good and hard?
Numbers 11:23 - "Is the LORD's arm too short? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you." WOW! What a statement by the Creator of the universe. Is He incapable of anything He desires to do? LORD if there is an area of my life where I act as if Your arm is too short, please show it to me. I want to believe and never doubt or question You.
Numbers 11:25-29 - "Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders...I wish that all the LORD's people were prophets and that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!" A fulfilled desire, Moses' wish became Joel's prophecy in Joel 2:28-29 and was fulfilled in Acts 2:4, 17-18. As usual, God did more than Moses thought or asked.
As you read today, compare the statements David and Isaiah make about Jerusalem.
In Psalm 48, David describes Jerusalem as "the city of God," "holy mountain," "beautiful in elevation," and the "joy of all the earth." Isaiah says, "How the faithful city has become a whore, she who was full of justice! Righteousness lodged in her, but now murders."
There are several comparisons in these two passages worthy of your consideration. What caused such a drastic change? How could a city change so dramatically in a few generations?