Topic: “ Feasting on Plagues“
TEXT: Numbers 11:31-35
31. And there went forth a wind from the LORD, and brought quails from the sea, and let them fall by the camp, as it were a day’s journey on this side, and as it were a day’s journey on the other side, round about the camp, and as it were two cubits high upon the face of the earth.
32. And the people stood up all that day, and all that night, and all the next day, and they gathered the quails; he that gathered least gathered ten homers; and they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp.
33. And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague.
34. And he called the name of that place Kibrothhattaavah; because there they buried the people that lusted.
35. And the people journeyed from Kibrothhattaavah unto Hazeroth; and abode at Hazeroth.
Key Verse: Numbers 11:33
“And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague.”
The first law of materialistic man is to rabidly pursue wealth as the way to happiness and fulfilment. He believes that if he is able to eat, clothe the body, get a roof over his head and pay his bills, he will get the expected return of true joy. It is a limited world that does not reckon with the other plane of existence – the soul. Neglecting the soul, however, is costly mistake with consequence in eternity. Realising this truth late comes with a heavy price.
In the wilderness, on their way to the Promised Land, the Israelites paid a great penalty for their wanton lust for “flesh to eat”. They contemned heaven’s manna and clamored for the slavery days, implied by their longing for “fish, which [they] did eat in Egypt freely.” The Lord did not abort His Promised Land plan by returning them to Egypt. He granted them the permissive will of eating flesh. God gave them quails, which came in such large numbers that the Israelites feasted on flesh “all that day, and all that night, and all the next day.”
They were consumed by a passion to please the body at the expense of the soul. This left them no time to nurture and nourish the soul through prayer, meditation, counsel from Moses and preparation to make it to Canaan Land. The disregard for their soul brought the judgment of the Lord. So, instead of feeding on flesh, the Israelites feasted on plagues.
This calamity was avoidable. The Lord who created our body knows we need to meet its demands in order to survive. But there is also His unequivocal word of guidance: “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: A spiritually famished soul is easy target for plagues.
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