The children of Israel:
- believed His words
- sang His praises
- quickly forgot His works
- did not wait for His counsel.
But craved intensely in the wilderness,
And tempted God in the desert.
So He gave them their request,
But sent a wasting disease among them.
What did they crave?
They were dissatisfied with the Lord’s provision of manna.
They complained about what God gave.
They tempted Him through grumbling, complaint.
So, He gave them what they wanted.
He gave them meat…
Now the people became like those who complain of adversity in the hearing of the LORD; and when the LORD heard it, His anger was kindled, and the fire of the LORD burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp.
The people therefore cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to the LORD and the fire died out.
The rabble who were among them had greedy desires; and also the sons of Israel wept again and said, “Who will give us meat to eat?
“We remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic,
but now our appetite is gone. There is nothing at all to look at except this manna.”
“Say to the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat; for you have wept in the ears of the LORD, saying, “Oh that someone would give us meat to eat! For we were well-off in Egypt.” Therefore the LORD will give you meat and you shall eat.
‘You shall eat, not one day, nor two days, nor five days, nor ten days, nor twenty days,
but a whole month, until it comes out of your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you; because you have rejected the LORD who is among you and have wept before Him, saying, “Why did we ever leave Egypt?”’”
Now there went forth a wind from the LORD and it brought quail from the sea, and let them fall beside the camp, about a day’s journey on this side and a day’s journey on the other side, all around the camp and about two cubits deep on the surface of the ground.
The people spent all day and all night and all the next day, and gathered the quail (he who gathered least gathered ten homers) and they spread them out for themselves all around the camp.
While the meat was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, the anger of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD struck the people with a very severe plague.
So the name of that place was called Kibroth-hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had been greedy.
Be not greedy.
Give thanks to the Lord for His provision.
Do not be led for the complaint of the rabble…note there was rabble among them, as among us.
Do not tempt the Lord with ingratitude.
Kindle not the anger of the Lord.
Do not re-write history to justify complaint.
Do not reject the Lord.