15 Times the Israelites complained, murmured or grumbled from Egypt to the Promised Land.

They grumbled to Moses & Aaron and ultimately to the Lord.

#1 –1446BC– The people complained to Moses, that because of Him and His talk of a Promised Land, Pharaoh made things worse for them. Moses complained to the Lord – Exodus 5  The Lord delivered the Israelites and “Moses said to the people, “Remember this day in which you went out from Egypt, from the house of slavery; for by a powerful hand the LORD brought you out from this place.” Exodus 13:3

#2 – The people complained and said to Moses at the Red Sea v.12 “Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.Exodus 14:9-31 God opens the sea and the Israelites march across on dry ground and the Egyptians were destroyed. “When Israel saw the great power which the Lord had used against the Egyptians, and they believed in the Lord and in His servant Moses.Exodus 14:31

#3 – The people complain about the bitter water, God provides sweet water – Exodus 15:22-27

#4 – The people complained about being hungry; God provided manna & quail meat– Exodus 16:1-7, 11-12

#5 – The people complained about being thirsty, God provided water– Exodus 17:1-7

The punishment starts.

#6 –1446BC- The people complained about Moses absence & forsake the Lord by creating a golden calf and altar-v.1-6. The Lord orders the Levites to kill 3,000 people by the sword because they worshipped the golden calf –v.28. – Exodus 32:1-28 

#7 – 1445BC- The people complained about adversity & food – Numbers 11  – Moses was displeased and wants to die vv.10-15– The Lord sends a very great plague– v.33

#8 – Miriam and Aaron complain about Moses’ leadership – The Lord curses Miriam with leprosy for 7 days v.10-15– Numbers 12:1-15

#9 – The people complained about how difficult it looked to enter the Promised Land so they refused to enter. Numbers 14:1-9

#10 – 1445BC- The people complained again and wanted to kill Moses and try to select another leader. – Numbers 14:10-38  The Lord kills the 10 spies by the plague instantly – v.37 & pronounced all the men over 19 years old except Joshua and Caleb would die in the wilderness and not enter the Promised Land vv.28-30.  Click here for 1 Corinthians 10:10

#11 –1426BC-  19 years later, key leaders rebel against Moses – Numbers 16:1-40– God opens the earth and swallows the offenders–“all the men who belonged to Korah -v.32! Click here for 1 Corinthians 10:10

#12 – The people complained again and they accuse Moses of killing God’s people in #11– God kills 14,700 people-v.49  Numbers 16:41-50  

#13 –1426BC- The children of Israel murmured against Aaron and God showed favor to Aaron vv.5,10– Numbers 17

#14- 1407BC- 19 years later, The people contended with Moses again because of no water, God provides water –  Numbers 20:1-12  Moses struck the rock instead of speaking to the rock as instructed by the Lord. Vv.8-11. and v.12 “But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you have not believed Me, to treat Me as holy in the sight of the sons of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a standard; and it shall come about, that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, he will live.” And Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on the standard; and it came about, that if a serpent bit any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived. [Numbers 21:8-9] A picture of Jesus on the cross.

1406BC- Under Joshua’s leadership the Israelites cross a flood level Jordan river on dry land & conquer Jericho. Joshua 1-6

27AD- Jesus referred to Numbers 21:8-9 in #15: “14 As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; 16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” [John 3:14,16]

54AD– 1 Corinthians 10:11-13..11 Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. 12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.

Click here for the source of Old Testament dates and here for New Testament.

Henry Luke 9/26/2017 last revised 6/28/2018






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