from Lynda Lindsey
And the people complained in the hearing of the Lord about their misfortunes, and when the Lord heard it, His anger was kindled… Numbers 11:1(a)
“How long shall this wicked congregation grumble against Me?… …Not one shall come into the land where I swore that I would make you dwell, except Caleb…and Joshua…” Numbers 14:27-30
The Israelites blame Moses and Aaron after Korah’s rebellion and punishment: …“You have killed the people of the Lord.” Numbers 16:41(b)
God’s Shekinah glory cloud, God’s very Presence, led the Israelites from Sinai on their journey toward the Promised Land. What pageantry! The Lord set out with His ten thousand thousands of Israelites, trumpets sounding, flags snapping, the ark of the covenant in the lead. However, any rejoicing or excitement was short lived as the people began a litany of complaint, rebellion, and opposition to God’s leadership and the leaders whom God had appointed. The rabble’s complaints, ostensibly about food and Moses’ leadership, was really an out and out rejection of God.
Belligerently, contemptuously, the people accused God of abuse. Their lack of faith and trust in God’s goodness was a direct insult to God’s character. To oppose God, to act as independent agents without any need to depend on God is to spurn God, to call God nauseating and repulsive. Because mob-like defiance can quickly spread like a contagious disease, it is extremely dangerous; God immediately took action to quell each instance of insubordination. God, with our best interest at heart, designs our every circumstance to strengthen our faith and build our trust in Him and in His Word.
God is good, faithful, true, and certain, as are all God’s promises. God’s promises are all yea and amen. Through Jesus our Lord and Redeemer all God’s promises are fulfilled, confirmed, established. Everything God determines will come to pass, nothing He ordains will fail. Opposition to God is sin; to oppose God is to call Him a liar, to essentially spit in His face. Sin is serious business and carries grave consequences. Judgement is certain; only Jesus’ blood can save us. Submit to God and be with Him for eternity or rebel and face eternity away from God’s presence? The choice is ours.