Mass Murderer

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Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible

Exodus 16[2]

Moses congregation complained about lack of water at Marah, but they did not complain about God until they camped at the wilderness of Sin. The place has a fitting name for the sin in their hearts that was exposed in their words. Many years later, Jesus told the children of these complainers, “How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”[3]

The church said to their pastor, “We wish God had killed us in Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for you [Moses]  have brought us into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” An old man with a stick did not deliver them from Egypt and lead them into the wilderness. God did. God loved them but they have no love for God.

Moses said, “What are we? Your complaints are not against us but against the Lord.”[4]

The church has a very low opinion about the God they left Egypt to worship. They directed their complaint to Moses but they were really saying God is a mass murderer who worked remarkable miracles to bring them into the wilderness, so he could kill men, women and children with starvation.

God heard their complaint and responded to a hurtful accusation with all the meat they could eat, gave them the bread angels eat and put them to a simple test that it might go well with them in the future.[5] God practices what he preaches. He loved his enemies, blessed those who cursed him and did good to those who hated him.[6]

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[1] 1 In 1 Corinthians 10 Paul warns us that the things that happened in the wilderness were recorded as a warning to the church because Moses preached the same gospel about Jesus that was preached after Jesus resurrection. For this reason Israel/Jacob will be called the church in this series.

[2] All Scripture is from the NKJ Bible unless otherwise noted.

[3] Matthew 12:24

[4] Exodus 16:8

[5] Deuteronomy 8:16 NIV

[6] Matthew 5:44

About Teena Myers

Teena Myers is the Chairman of the Westbank Southern Christian Writers Guild, author of three books and a freelance writer.
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