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Numbers 11

Good Morning “Keepers of Good Company”.  Today we are in Numbers 11.

Just yesterday we saw that Israel had to take all that they had learned, and put it into practice, as The Lord commanded them to leave the desert of Sinai.  He had them begin by “remembering” how far He had brought them.  They did this by observing The Passover. (Numbers 9)

It’s not long before they begin grumbling about how hard life is - hardships.  Gods not big on grumbling for sure!  Check out how He deals with them.  It doesn’t end there however…

“The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, “If only we had meat to eat!”
‭‭Numbers‬ ‭11‬:‭4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Who are the “rabble with them”?  A quick search of the Hebrew, and survey of other translations, tells us that “the rabble” was the “mixed multitude” with them.  Remember when they left Egypt - some that were among them were Egyptian believers, gentile servants etc.  The nation of Israel was not solely Hebrew.  Unfortunately as we have seen before, the formerly pagan Egyptians, when pressed, had a tendency to fall back into their old ways.

It’s been just over a year, from the time God freed them from Egypt’s bondage, and there’s more grumbling.  Think back, we’ve seen grumbling before; when they got to The Red Sea, and two times when they had no water.  Each time, God proved faithful.  Why this time, does God seem to begin with the “mixed multitude” grumbling?  As they all rubbed shoulders together is it possible the attitudes of the “mixed multitude” spread? Perhaps an application for us lies within that reference.

Fast forward nearly 1500 years.  Paul is dealing with false beliefs that have spread through the church in Corinth regarding the Gospel.  It appears he too has identified the root… “Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15‬:‭33‬-‭34‬ ‭

They were listening to those who have no knowledge of God!  Wow!  Do we do that too?  Who are those closest to you?  Are they Biblically grounded, heading the direction you know you should be heading Biblically?  The nature of deception is that we don’t realize it’s happening, so… we must be wise to choose who we surround ourselves with, and what we immerse ourselves in!  Our lives depend on it!  

Love you all!  Dig in!