Psalms 78:25-32 recounts what happens in Numbers 11; it says, “Men ate angels' food; He sent them food to the full. 26) He caused an east wind to blow in the heavens; And by His power He brought in the south wind. 27) He also rained meat on them like the dust, Feathered fowl like the sand of the seas; 28) And He let them fall in the midst of their camp, All around their dwellings. 29) So they ate and were well filled, For He gave them their own desire. 30) They were not deprived of their craving; But while their food was still in their mouths, 31) The wrath of God came against them, And slew the stoutest of them, And struck down the choice men of Israel. 32) In spite of this they still sinned, And did not believe in His wondrous works.”
The judgment sounds severe for asking for meat to eat, but Psalm 78:32 describes the real problem. They continued in sin and refused to believe God’s wondrous works.
It was dangerous for Aaron and Miriam to look at the faults or supposed faults of leadership (Moses) and allow that to cause them to lose honor for him. We should honor everyone for who they are; we are to honor everyone with God’s love, and honor leadership as leadership. David didn’t honor King Saul based on how nice he was or his lack of faults, but he honored him according to who God made him, “the anointed of the LORD.”
All 12 spies saw the same thing on the outside, but Joshua and Caleb saw something completely different on the inside. Circumstances are not our problem; seeing things without faith is the problem.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan