C-O-O-L Murmuring Studies:
The Fourth Book of Moses Called Numbers
Murmurings Bible Study
Meaning of Murmuring in the Bible Warning
Hi everyone and honored to have you here! Daily Bread is ready to
take you on another adventure with us into the book of Numbers.
Let's look back for a moment and see where we left off. The spies who
searched out the Promised Land returned to the children of Israel and
Caleb gave an encouraging report about the land flowing with milk and
honey, just as God described it to their forefathers. But most of the
other spies only had fearful things to say about the land of Canaan.
The whole congregation cried that night and the children of Israel
murmured against Moses and Aaron once again. They complained to them
saying, If only we had died in the land of Egypt or in this
Why has the Lord brought us here to this land, to be killed in
battle, and so that our wives and our children would be taken as
prey? Isn't it better for us to go back to Egypt? (Be careful what
you wish for, you might just get it!)
What is the Meaning of Murmuring in the Bible
The people got together and planned with one another to appoint a
new captain among them and he would lead them and they would all
return into Egypt. Moses and Aaron fell on their faces in front of
the entire congregation, they were so upset. Joshua and Caleb were
the only two who disagreed with the peoples' plan and they tore their
clothes in sorrow.
They tried to convince the people that the land was good and they
said, If the Lord is happy with us, then He'll bring us into this
land, and give it to us, flowing with milk and honey. Just don't
rebel against Him or fear the people that live in the land. They'll
give the land to us because God has taken away their strength and
He'll be with us. Don't be afraid!
The congregation wouldn't listen. They wanted to stone Joshua and
Caleb. Then the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of the
congregation so all the children of Israel could see. The Lord said
to Moses, How long will these people provoke me? How long will it be
before they believe all the signs that I've showed them?
Meaning of Murmuring in the Bible on Provoking God
I'll strike them with pestilence, and disinherit them and I'll make
of you a greater nation and mightier than they. What God was saying
was that He was ready to revoke His promise to Abraham, Isaac and
Jacob and make a new and even better promise with Moses, because the
children of Israel had such little faith.
But, the humble Moses answered God, and said ... Then the Egyptians
will hear about it, because you freed these people from them
mightily, and they'll tell the people of Canaan. They've heard, Lord,
that you live among these people, that you are seen face to face and
that your cloud stands over them. They know you go in front of them
in the daytime in a pillar of a cloud and in a pillar of fire at
Moses continued, If you kill all your people, all the nations that
hear about it will say, The Lord couldn't bring His people into the
land that He promised them, so He killed them all in the wilderness.
Meaning of Murmuring in the Bible Concerns
I beg you, Let your power be recognized like you described to me when
you said, The Lord is longsuffering and of great mercy, forgiving
iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty,
visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third
and fourth generation. (Moses was talking about when the Lord
proclaimed His name to him when he took the tablets up into mount
Sinai the second time, when Moses asked God, Show me your glory.)
Moses went on, I beg you, forgive the sins of these people, according
to the greatness of your mercy as you've forgiven them since they
left Egypt until now. And the Lord said, I have forgiven, like you
asked, but as sure as I live, all the earth will be filled with the
glory of the Lord.
Because all those men that have seen my glory and my miracles that I
did in Egypt and in the wilderness and have tempted me now these 10
times, and haven't listened to my voice, they surely won't see the
land that I promised their fathers. (The wish of the people, not to
proceed further is coming true.)
Meaning of Murmuring in the Bible Conclusion
Do we read about this and wonder why God put up with it? Do we wonder
why God's people continually disappointed Him? When we think about
sin in our own lives, we understand it a little more and we're
thankful that He puts up with it. When we think about why we
continually sin when we know better, we understand things a whole lot
more. It's easy to be quick to judge other people and other
situations, until we take a look at our own lives.
Here's a reminder that you've heard once before, but it never hurts
to be reminded again. Jesus said it best when He said, He that is
without sin among you, let him cast the first stone. It doesn't
matter if these people lived thousands of years ago, or are alive
7:1 says, Judge not, that ye be not judged.
Now that we've left the decisions up to the Lord, be sure and join us
again next time and find out what God decides to do with the children
of Israel next at Daily Bread.
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