Too Much Meat!
Today, first talk with God about your disappointments. Then praise him for his goodness to you.
Read Numbers 11:16-35
 The LORD said to Moses: “Bring me seventy of Israel’s elders who are known to you as leaders and officials among the people. Have them come to the tent of meeting, that they may stand there with you.  I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take some of the power of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them. They will share the burden of the people with you so that you will not have to carry it alone.  “Tell the people: ‘Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow, when you will eat meat. The LORD heard you when you wailed, “If only we had meat to eat! We were better off in Egypt!” Now the LORD will give you meat, and you will eat it.  You will not eat it for just one day, or two days, or five, ten or twenty days,  but for a whole month-until it comes out of your nostrils and you loathe it-because you have rejected the LORD, who is among you, and have wailed before him, saying, “Why did we ever leave Egypt?”‘”  But Moses said, “Here I am among six hundred thousand men on foot, and you say, ‘I will give them meat to eat for a whole month!’  Would they have enough if flocks and herds were slaughtered for them? Would they have enough if all the fish in the sea were caught for them?”  The LORD answered Moses, “Is the LORD’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.”  So Moses went out and told the people what the LORD had said. He brought together seventy of their elders and had them stand around the tent.  Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke with him, and he took some of the power of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. When the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied-but did not do so again.  However, two men, whose names were Eldad and Medad, had remained in the camp. They were listed among the elders, but did not go out to the tent. Yet the Spirit also rested on them, and they prophesied in the camp.  A young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.”  Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ aide since youth, spoke up and said, “Moses, my lord, stop them!”  But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the LORD’s people were prophets and that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!”  Then Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.  Now a wind went out from the LORD and drove quail in from the sea. It scattered them up to two cubits deep all around the camp, as far as a day’s walk in any direction.  All that day and night and all the next day the people went out and gathered quail. No one gathered less than ten homers. Then they spread them out all around the camp.  But while the meat was still between their teeth and before it could be consumed, the anger of the LORD burned against the people, and he struck them with a severe plague.  Therefore the place was named Kibroth Hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had craved other food.  From Kibroth Hattaavah the people traveled to Hazeroth and stayed there. Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
ReflectHow did the Lord rebuke Moses' lack of faith?
Have you ever regretted a prayer? Getting what we ask for is not always a good thing. A recent movie showed what would happen if God always answered prayer the way we wanted. Everyone asked to win the lottery and so everyone did win. The trouble was that it diluted the pot of money so much that their prizes were almost worthless! In this reading, Moses and the people wanted different things and got different answers. As we saw yesterday, the issue for Moses was the weight of responsibility he carried (11:14). How could he lead so many people? God’s response was utterly practical: he had to share the burden (16,17). But like most lessons in life, this was not the only occasion when Moses had to learn it. Delegation was an ongoing issue for him (see Exod. 18). The issue for the people wasn’t so much a request as a complaint (18). They had already seen how God responded to complaining (1). Now they were to see what happened when they got just what they wanted (31,32)!
Does God seem to be holding something back from you? Ask him to help you to trust that he knows best.
Good Lord, You are a generous, loving God who wants the best for me. Help me to trust that even when it’s hard.
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