Devo Talking against God and His anointed
Numbers 21:4-9 (KJV)
4 And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.
5 And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.
6 And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.
7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.
8 And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.
The people began talking against God and His anointed man. They had become discouraged in their journey. We become discouraged as we travel through life. Sometimes some of us think it would have been better to have never been born, but then we would not have known Him. Life can be hard and unpleasant at times, but as we trust Him we can see Him. Without faith it is impossible to see God. They complained about God’s provision for them. God hates complaining so be careful and be content with what you have. When we complain against the man of God we complain against God’s Spirit. He is just the messenger. They asked God to take the snakes away, but He didn’t. He provided a way out. God does not always take away the circumstances, but He will provide a way out through faith in Him. Lift up your eyes to Him. Asking God to take away the snakes was the wrong request, instead they should have stopped sinning. Jesus came to take away the sin of the world not the circumstance until we go to be with Him. If the sin is gone so will be the consequence. Remember Paul was bitten by the snake with no effect. God does not take us out of the world but helps us to overcome it. I think if God would have removed the snakes the complaining would have continued.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Pastor Jeff Lane