June 28, 2017
Read: Numbers 21:4-9
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Scripture- Numbers 21:4b-5- But the people grew impatient with the long journey, and they began to speak against God and Moses. “Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die here in the wilderness?” they complained. “There is nothing to eat here and nothing to drink. And we hate this horrible manna!”
Observations- Ah, once again we find the Israelites doing what they seem to be best at- complaining about God's lack of provision, not listening carefully for His voice, and refusing to follow through with what they knew God wanted for them. This scene with the bronze snake is given even more meaning when Jesus speaks of it in John 3:14-15: "And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life."
Application- We are just as gifted as the Israelites at not listening carefully to God and not following through with what He has directed us to do. It's important for us, however, to remember that complaining is never mentioned as a spiritual gift in the Bible. We are to encourage one another to honor God and bless others. We are to encourage all people to look to Jesus, lifted up on the cross and resurrected by the Father, for their salvation.
Prayer- Lord, thank You for the gift of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Help me to be quick to look to Jesus, not only to meet my eternal need for a living relationship with God, but for His life transforming power here and now. Take my temptation to complain (which is so great!) and offer it to You in prayer. Amen.
So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing."
(1 Thessalonians 5:11),