This post is Day 16 in a series of studies about “The Weather”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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The Weather – Day 16
The whole Exodus story seems to me to alternate between God giving the people a miracle, and then the people complaining, so God gives them another miracle! After the manna miracles, they were happy for a while. But then the trouble makers began to complain about their very limited diet.
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.
Many years after yesterday’s verse, we read of another miracle of wind. This time a good one! At least at first reading. The people of Israel had not gone straight to their promised land as they expected to, and they became frustrated, angry and sometimes rebellious. Sometimes against Moses, sometimes against God.
The whole Exodus story seems to me to alternate between God giving the people a miracle, and then the people complaining, so God gives them another miracle!
After the manna miracles, they were happy for a while. But then we read in Numbers 11:4 that a certain group “the rabble”, meaning the difficult ones, or the trouble makers, began to complain about their very limited diet and to crave “real meat”!
The result of that was Moses saying to God that it was all too much for him, and complaining that they weren’t all his family, and he was weary with the job God had given him (Numbers 11:10-15). That resulted in 70 men being anointed as elders (v16-17).
Just as Moses was getting weary with the work God had called him to, so God was getting weary with His “never satisfied nation” and at the end of the chapter we read that those who had complained and been dissatisfied did not live long!
Ask yourself today if you appreciate everything God sends to you. Pray for a thankful heart.
Praise Him who is “The Lord who provides”, and “The Lord who answers the cries of our hearts”.
Read Numbers 11 and feel the different emotions of the people, Moses, and God. Where would you fit into that picture?
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