Bible study 128 – Numbers 11

After the idyl of the first ten chapters, problems finally appear. People complain about their general situation in the desert and the lack of meat to consume, and God feels sorry for them and mercifully grants them their wishes. No, I’m just kidding, this isn’t the New Testament; in good Old Testament style he instead burns up part of the camp, and promises to stuff the Israelites with meat “until it comes out of your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you.” However, right after providing them with a bunch of meat, he apparently changes his mind and just sends a plague over the people instead.

Moses, who complains all the time about how hard it is to be a dictator over the Israelites, is unharmed, and God helps him by making a few more prophets.

Numbers 11:1
Now when the people complained in the hearing of the Lord about their misfortunes, the Lord heard it and his anger was kindled. Then the fire of the Lord burned against them, and consumed some outlying parts of the camp.

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One Comment on “Bible study 128 – Numbers 11”

  1. […] out that God is angry over the affair. Is he angry at the people for complaining, something that usually leads to disease or death? No. Is he angry at Moses for performing the magic trick, and pretending […]


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