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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Numbers 11-13: Four Lessons Learned
Amplified Bible (AMP)
“And the mixed multitude among them [the rabble who followed Israel from Egypt] began to lust greatly [for familiar and dainty food], and the Israelites wept again and said, Who will give us meat to eat?”
“The mixed multitude – The word in the original resembles our “riff-raff,” and denotes a mob of people scraped together. It refers here to the multitude of strangers (see Exodus 12:38) who had followed the Israelites from Egypt.” (from Biblos.com)
Lesson 1: We must guard our hearts from those who would grumble and complain. If we allow ourselves to be drawn into this negative heart attitude, we will be disciplined by the Lord.
Numbers 11:23 Amplified Bible (AMP)
“The Lord said to Moses, Has the Lord’s hand (His ability and power) become short (thwarted and inadequate)? You shall see now whether My word shall come to pass for you or not.”
Lesson 2: We may find ourselves in horrifically difficult circumstances, but the Lord’s hand is NEVER shortened. His power is more than enough to meet our needs and solve our circumstances.
Numbers 11:29 Amplified Bible (AMP)
“But Moses said to him, Are you [a]envious or jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them!”
Lesson 3: Moses is a humble leader. He is not intimidated when God chose to speak through others.
Numbers 11:34 Amplified Bible (AMP)
“That place was called Kibroth-hattaavah [the graves of sensuous desire], because there they buried the people who lusted, whose physical appetite caused them to sin.”
Lesson 4: Walking in the flesh may result in death. Lord, thank You for Your mercy; please empower us to always walk in Your Spirit.