Numbers 11-13

So I did not post this morning.  I was ornery.  During lunch I walked past someone reading their Bible and she said “Are you ok?  No post today?”  The Lord had His way with me all afternoon after that!!  God used her to let the Lord show me my heart today.   It was ugly.

Chapter 11: My goodness, I am not sure what to write about.

  • Should we talk about how Moses prays and how that effects the Lord.  When I pray do I really comprehend how that actually effect the Lord?  Verse 2: Moses prayed and the fire died down!
  • Do we talk about complaining??  What in the world!!  Wait….that’s me.  All the Lord has provided and yet I still find things to complain about.
  • My favorite….Moses’ conversation with the Lord!

11 He asked the Lord, “Why have you brought this trouble on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me? 12 Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth? Why do you tell me to carry them in my arms, as a nurse carries an infant, to the land you promised on oath to their ancestors? 13 Where can I get meat for all these people? They keep wailing to me, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ 14 I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me. 15 If this is how you are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill me—if I have found favor in your eyes—and do not let me face my own ruin.”

I like him!!  This is how I talk to God about my students when I have forgotten to take my meds!  Just kidding…ummm.

Chapter 11: Seriously, the complaining has BEGUN.  The Lord has 2 plans.  First, he takes 70 elders to help share the burden of leading these people.  It’s like herding cats at this point.  The Lord gives 70 men the Holy Spirit so that they can help manage these whiner babies!  (How cool is it to see the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament, so many of us think of it as a New Testament gift)  The second plan is to give them what they ask for (we will see this MANY times as we continue to read….otherwise, we wouldn’t have the books of Kings!).  These people were given redemption, freedom, safety, food, shelter, AND the community with the Lord…and they wanted MORE!  Wanting it was one issue, But ACTING on it was another!

Chapter 12:  What in Sam Hill is going on here!  Miriam and Aaron call Miriam a “Cushite” as a racial slur.  We do not know if this is Moses wife Zipporah (the MIdianite) or if he has a different wife now.  If you are not sure who they are look at this.

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As much as I would love to say “that’s sibling rivalry”,  it’s not.  It is jealousy and pride.  Aaron is also very aware that Moses grew up in Egypt and married a non-Israelite.    The Lord inflicts Miriam with a skin disease that changes her “color”, the very characteristic  she was using to instigate the issue of Moses’ wife.  Aaron was not inflicted because that would disqualify him from priestly service.   What does Aaron do?  He confesses.

“Please, my lord, I ask you not to hold against us the sin we have so foolishly committed. 12 Do not let her be like a stillborn infant coming from its mother’s womb with its flesh half eaten away.”

Once again, Moses prays and God relents.

Chapter 13  HUGE HUGE CHAPTER!!   It is the Big BUT!

28 But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.”

31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.”

They might as well have said “BUT they are more powerful than the Lord!!”  

I want you to stop and think about the hardest prayer you have right now.  “Lord I need you to…”  think of the lost person in your life, the stronghold someone might have, the situation someone is gotten themselves into.  Pray for them.  When you were done did you say in your head after “they won’t change” “That might not happen”….etc.  If you did you might as well have said “But they are more powerful than the Lord!”