God, Moses and the meat dilemna
God and Moses give a new take on the matter of customer service.
It's God, Moses, the Israelites and a complaint for meat. Nothing else needs to be said.
The Bible is one of the greatest books to read simply because there are so interpretations to what is being said.
The danger comes when a person takes the passage for its face value.
After God helped Moses lead the Israelites out of Egypt, they started complaining about everything
So in response, God and Moses did their best to placate the people but they had doubts and continued complaining, which made God angry.
The breaking point came when the people began complaining about a lack of meat. Moses tried to reason with them but the people just dismissed him, which made God angrier.
The fact that the people who he saved were doubting Him struck a nerve with The Lord and to teach them a lesson, he promised to provide so much meat that they would hate it.
Numbers 11 (New International Version)
1. Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the Lord, and when he heard them his anger was aroused. Then fire from the Lord burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp.
2. When the people cried out to Moses, he prayed to the Lord and the fire died down.
3. So that place was called Taberah, because fire from the Lord had burned among them.
I mean, you would think seeing the Lord burn down some doubters would have made the others learn their lesson as to not mess with God but…
4. The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, "If only we had meat to eat!
5. We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost-also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic.
6. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!"
At this point, Moses couldn’t handle their complaining and, as a testament to his bravery, began complaining TO God knowing despite knowing that He burned some people for the same thing he was doing.
10. Moses heard the people of every family wailing, each at the entrance to his tent. The Lord became exceedingly angry, and Moses was troubled.
11. He asked the Lord, "Why have you brought this trouble on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me?
12. Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth? Why do you tell me to carry them in my arms, as a nurse carries an infant, to the land you promised on oath to their forefathers?
13. Where can I get meat for all these people? They keep wailing to me, 'Give us meat to eat!'
14. I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me.
15. If this is how you are going to treat me, put me to death right now-if I have found favor in your eyes-and do not let me face my own ruin."
At this point, the Lord got angered at the constant complaining and hatched his evil plan…
18. "Tell the people: 'Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow, when you will eat meat. The Lord heard you when you wailed, "If only we had meat to eat! We were better off in Egypt!" Now the Lord will give you meat, and you will eat it.
19. You will not eat it for just one day, or two days, or five, ten or twenty days,
20. But for a whole month-until it comes out of your nostrils and you loathe it-because you have rejected the Lord, who is among you, and have wailed before him, saying, "Why did we ever leave Egypt?" ' "
24. So Moses went out and told the people what the Lord had said. He brought together seventy of their elders and had them stand around the Tent.
25. Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke with him, and he took of the Spirit that was on him and put the Spirit on the seventy elders. When the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied, but they did not do so again.
30. Then Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.
31. Now a wind went out from the Lord and drove quail in from the sea. It brought them down all around the camp to about three feet above the ground, as far as a day's walk in any direction.
32. All that day and night and all the next day the people went out and gathered quail. No one gathered less than ten homers. Then they spread them out all around the camp.
While the people got the meat they wanted, the Lord decided to teach them an important lesson:
33. But while the meat was still between their teeth and before it could be consumed, the anger of the Lord burned against the people, and he struck them with a severe plague.
34. Therefore the place was named Kibroth Hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had craved other food.
The fate of Kibroth Hattaavah serves as a cautionary tale to people who complain all the time to the good Lord that they should They should be humble, expect God to do what he says, and be grateful when it happens.
All we need is patience as God works in his own time.