Numbers 11- The People Complain
1- God really doesn’t like complaining...the fire was His manifest presence
4-35- The people gripe and Moses grows frustrated with their lack of faith and obedience...both are straining on God’s patience.
4- Mixed multitude- those of non-Israelite bloodline or just carnal mindsets
6- Our whole being- The relationship between physical and nonphysical aspects of humans is very close in Hebrew thought...physical want generates emotional consequences
7-15- Complaining about the food situation again. They are so focused on TEMPORARY needs they can’t be EXCITED for the FUTURE promise God has for them.
16- Seventy elders...Jesus selected 70 disciples to go out.
17- Transfer of the Spirit from Moses into the other 70. That new authority on them will allow them to share the burden with Moses AND to demonstrate new levels of leadership. The passing of the Spirit from Moses to the 70 elders is an ORDINATION OF AN OFFICIAL FUNCTION. Much like we do for deacons, elders and pastors.
25- They PROPHESIED but never again. This SIGN repeats occasionally in scripture. Whatever is HAPPENING is obvious to all around.
26-28- Two had missed the meeting BUT were filled anyhow outside the camp. Joshua wanted to control this PROCESS but Moses said something powerful!
29- MOSES WANTED ALL THE PEOPLE TO BE PROPHETS AND TO HAVE GOD’S SPIRIT ...THIS PROPHECY WOULD BE FULFILLED IN ACTS CHAPTER 2.
31-35- THE LORD SENDS QUAIL- After the move of the Spirit, a bounty of meat comes into the camp but just as fast is followed by a plague. Perhaps it was a moment of greed in the people that set God off. Instead of being grateful or showing any thanksgiving OR making any mention of what God had just done through the 70, the immediate response was to go for the temporary food again!