Verse 3 The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”
Yesterday in our reading, the Israelites were seeing God’s power and we talked about how they would no longer be able to deny who He is and what He is capable of. But they, like us, had short memories.
We pick up the story of the exodus about a month after those first steps out of Egypt. Since the time of our passage from last week they have seen yet another example of God’s power in the way of provision. God changed bitter water into something refreshing by having Moses throw in a piece of wood (Exodus 15:22-27). They had gone without water for 3 days before God provided water. God also told them at that time that if they would obey His commands and live as He said was right, they would never suffer the diseases that He had sent to the Egyptians (Exodus 15:26).
All these mighty acts of power had to be bringing these people to a place of awe of the God of their ancestors and yet less than a month later here they are complaining once again. They were proving that He was the God of their ancestors but, as of yet, He was nothing more than a sometimes god to them. God was wanting a real relationship with them.
Verse 2 in today’s passage says that the whole of the community was grumbling against Moses and Aaron. Remember this community numbers over a million people. That is A LOT of complaining going on! And can you imagine being Moses and Aaron and knowing that this massive crowd was turning on you? They were so distracted by their stomachs that they even claim they wished God had killed them in Egypt where they were at least well fed.
To wish for the food of luxury over freedom and relationship with God was another sign of what they thought of God even after He had rescued them multiple times already. They wanted what they wanted and the way they wanted it. God’s time and way of making provision was not going to be good enough for them. We can be found to do that too, can’t we? We don’t trust God to provide for us what we think we need because He doesn’t do what we want and He doesn’t do it in our timeframe. Yes, the key is the same, a lack of trust in God to provide.
Making It Personal
What is something you don’t trust God to provide for you? Why don’t you trust Him in this area? Has He ever failed you before in supplying your needs?
Making It Personal Kids
How does God provide for a persons needs? What is something that God has provided for you? What do you need now that God could provide?
Father, thank You for providing for all our needs. Please help us to remember that You are always trustworthy in regards to our needs. In Jesus’ name, amen.