SUNDAY March 25, 2018
Murmuring and Complaining
…all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.
1 Corinthians 10:3-5
In the wilderness, the people began murmuring and complaining. Why did God’s people start murmuring and complaining? It was the mixed multitude that had come out of Egypt with Israel; they had influenced God’s people (Exodus 12:37-38; Numbers 11:4-6). The mixed multitude messed up the camp; they walked in carnality––in the flesh––always murmuring and complaining. Yet, Christ was the Rock, the One they could depend on.
Many of the Hebrews had not learned their lessons in bondage as slaves in Egypt. They would not enter the Promised Land in freedom; instead they walked in the flesh––in carnality––for forty years in the wilderness; that was most of their lives. They were the ones who died in the wilderness. Imagine, those who were parents were supposed to teach their children about the Lord––they failed.
Paul knew that the cause of the problems in the Corinthian church was the same as the mixed multitude, in the Old Testament. The wilderness symbolically is a type of walking in the flesh. The Corinthians lacked godliness–––they were walking in carnality––in the desires of their flesh. They were abusing the grace of God.
Be careful! The mixed multitudes in the Church, in your home, or wherever you may be, will always bring unbelief to your hearts. Why? They are always murmuring and complaining; they are never satisfied. They will always cause problems in your life because they want you to walk in the flesh and not the spirit––bottom line.
The reason I love the Old Testament is because it has taught me so much over the last forty years––the stories are amazing!
Know the lessons in the Bible, and live by those lessons.
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