“Really!”, I am sure that was what God was saying to Himself. God delivered these people from 400 years of captivity. They were slaves, and they being worked to death and killed for no good reason. God raised and sent them Moses. He struck Egypt with 10 plagues including the killing of Egypt’s firstborn at Passover. God then led the Israelites out of Egypt; with wealth and treasure lavished on them by their former captors. Once out of Egypt, God parted the Red Sea and led them through on dry land–then destroyed the Egyptians that pursued them.
After their release, God led the Israelites to Sinai where He gave them the law. He formed a government for them, and He prepared them to take the land He promised them. He led them, fed them protected them and loved them. Still, they complained about their hardships and their menu. It wasn’t all the yummy food they got in Egypt, after all. So God lost His temper–sent fire down and burned the outskirts of the camp…I am sure it aroused some concern. In fact, it scared the people spit-less. Moses prayed and God relented. That should have been enough to remind them–but it was not. Soon the people started complaining about the menu Manna was simply not enough–they thought. So, God sent so much quail to eat, that the people ate quail till they were sick of it!
We see God do so many amazing things, and because He does, we begin to think we are entitled to be blessed. We get angry when God does not move fast enough or well enough to suit our schedule. We begin to complain and quit being grateful for all God has done. We forget that we have eternal life. We also have purpose and meaning for our journey here. When we begin to act entitled, rather than grateful–we take away God’s ability to bless us and use us. Like Israel–I am sure God wants to burn “our outskirts”. We must always walk seeking him. We need to remain grateful for what we have and not be ungrateful for what we do not have. As we live with grateful hearts, God will meet our needs and prepare us for whatever lies ahead.
God Bless You
Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the Lord, and when he heard them his anger was aroused. Then fire from the Lord burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp. 2
When the people cried out to Moses, he prayed to the Lord and the fire died down. 3
So that place was called Taberah,[a]
because fire from the Lord had burned among them.
The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, “If only we had meat to eat! 5
We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. 6
But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!”
7 The manna was like coriander seed and looked like resin. 8 The people went around gathering it, and then ground it in a hand mill or crushed it in a mortar. They cooked it in a pot or made it into loaves. And it tasted like something made with olive oil. 9 When the dew settled on the camp at night, the manna also came down.
10 Moses heard the people of every family wailing at the entrance to their tents. The Lord became exceedingly angry, and Moses was troubled. 11 He asked the Lord, “Why have you brought this trouble on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me?