Exodus 16:1-3..1 Then they set out from Elim, and all the congregation of the sons of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departure from the land of Egypt.
All the Israelites left the oasis of Elim and came to the wilderness of Sin one month after they were delivered from Egypt. During that time the provisions they brought with them from Egypt were being used up. They were in a wilderness with no provision. They began grumbling against Moses and Aaron.
2 The whole congregation of the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness.
Although the people made Moses the target of their grumbling, ultimately it was against the Lord. Though the Israelites’ complaints seemed reasonable from a human perspective (water and food shortages), the people demonstrated a lack of faith and trust in God. By their grumbling, the people rebelled against the Lord and the leaders He had established over them.
3 The sons of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the Lord’s hand in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat, when we ate bread to the full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”
The Israelites turned to a serious form of grumbling that said they would have been better off if they had stayed in Egypt in slavery and bondage rather die from hunger in the wilderness. This is 4th of 14 examples of the Israelite grumbling A. We are told in the New Testament that this grumbling was an example to disciples today so we would not repeat their sin. B Paul inspired by the Holy Spirit also wrote “Do all things without grumbling or disputing;” C
The Israelites’ grumbling was understandable from a human standpoint, yet unnecessary from a spiritual standpoint? How can disciples guard against pessimism and doubt now?
Henry Luke 10/3/2017
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