Today I read Numbers 11 where several things happen. In this chapter the Lord commands Moses to appoint 70 men to help him with the children of Israel. These men are to help Moses with the administration of the host of Israel was my understanding and to assist him in all matters. In this chapter the Lord also kills several rebels, although we are not told what they are rebelling about or what exactly they were doing, only that the Lord consumed them with fire from heaven.Heavenly Father made very public examples of people who were problems in those days it would seem.
The main part of this chapter however is the Israelites complaining about not having any meat. Now, I can understand them wanting to have meat with their meals, but apparently they took it way too far and complained that they never should have left Egypt. This is quite the slap in the face to Heavenly Father and I can't imagine who in their right mind would accept slavery for meat. That is so totally ridiculous that it does not surprise me in the least that God's anger was kindled against them. I'm not sure I could hold my tongue against such a ridiculous statement.
But God told the Israelites that He would give them their meat, so much meat that it would fill them to the point it would come out their nostrils. I thought that was a very interesting description. The Lord caused quail to fall around the camp, to a days journey all along the perimeter of the camp and two cubits high! That is a lot of meat! And the people let their greed get the best of them and the Lord hit them with a plague which killed off some of the Israelites, probably the most vocal of those saying they should never have left Egypt. Still, the way this chapter is written it makes it sound like even the most humble of people took way too much this go around. The Israelites had to learn to trust in God again and that He would take care of them and that He knew what was best for them. It can be a hard lesson to learn indeed! Until tomorrow.