Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the Lord, and when he heard them his anger was aroused. —Numbers 11:1

Now the rabble that was among them had a strong craving. And the people of Israel also wept again and said, “Oh that we had meat to eat!” —Numbers 11:4

Moses heard the people of every family wailing at the entrance to their tents. The Lord became exceedingly angry, and Moses was troubled. —Numbers 11:10

Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite.—Numbers 13:1

But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.  ”Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.”  So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land that they had spied out, saying, “The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height.  And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.” —Numbers 13:30-33

            Our Lord is not happy about complaining because of different differences, a small group of rabble influencing the larger group, people wailing because of their situation, people attacking the leader/servants of the Lord and those bringing bad reports, speaking contrary to our Lord’s desires revealed.  Attitudes like this lead to destructive outcomes.

            The people were complaining about their hardships.  The rabble craved after meat and influenced the larger group to want it also.  The whole of the nation was wailing because of their lack of desires being fulfilled.  Even Mirian and Aaron began to speak against Moses!  Then 10 of the 12 spies brought back a bad report and encouraged action contrary to our Lord’s revealed directive.  This brought destruction on the people— including the judgment of death to many!

            Are you complaining?  Are you rabble, seen in stirring up others against God’s desires?  Are you wailing because of unfulfilled desires?  Are you speaking against God’s leaders?  Are you giving a bad report, contrary to God’s revealed directives?  Beware because God is aware of this and even though He is long-suffering, He will take action toward those doing such things as some point.  So, beware if you are!

Dear Father, please help me to look to Your revealed will and work along with those who seek to do Your revealed will.  May this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus.  So may it be!

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