Life lessons we can learn from in Numbers Chapters 9, 10, and 11, and apply in our on lives.
1- Just because you may have messed up in the past, God will still give us an opportunity to worship him, and he still desires our worship.
Numbers 9:6-7- 6 But some of them could not celebrate the Passover on that day because they were ceremonially unclean on account of a dead body. So they came to Moses and Aaron that same day 7 and said to Moses, “We have become unclean because of a dead body, but why should we be kept from presenting the Lord’s offering with the other Israelites at the appointed time?”(In these verses, we can still see their desire to worship the Lord even though they were not clean.) In verse 11, even though it’s a month later after everyone else celebrated the Passover, God still gave them an opportunity to worship. Numbers 9:11 but they are to do it on the fourteenth day of the second month at twilight. They are to eat the lamb, together with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. (Thank God for giving us opportunities to worship, even when we mess up).
2-God will lead us through our hardships, but he never said it would be easy.
Numbers 10:12-13- 12 Then the Israelites set out from the Desert of Sinai and traveled from place to place until the cloud came to rest in the Desert of Paran. 13 They set out, this first time, at the Lord’s command through Moses. (This was their first organized movement they had as a military unit). Numbers 11:1- Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the Lord, and when he heard them his anger was aroused. Then fire from the Lord burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp. (After 3 days of travel, the Israelites began to complain, because the trip was not as easy as they expected it to be. God never promised them it would be, but he did promise with they followed him; he would get them through it.
3-Never allow others who you associate with, that don’t have a relationship with Christ, influence you in a negative way, because it could come back and haunt you.
Numbers 11:4-6- The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, “If only we had meat to eat! 5 We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. 6 But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!” (The rabbles were a group of people who were not Israelites, who traveled with them from Egypt, who didn’t know the Lord or have a relationship with him. They complained about the food, because it wasn’t enough for them, which then lead the Israelites to complain. (It was once good for them now it’s not).
4-It’s ok to vent to the Lord, when you feel burdened or stressed out about something.
Numbers 11:10-15- 10 Moses heard the people of every family wailing at the entrance to their tents. The Lord became exceedingly angry, and Moses was troubled. 11 He asked the Lord, “Why have you brought this trouble on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me? 12 Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth? Why do you tell me to carry them in my arms, as a nurse carries an infant, to the land you promised on oath to their ancestors? 13 Where can I get meat for all these people? They keep wailing to me, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ 14 I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me. 15 If this is how you are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill me—if I have found favor in your eyes—and do not let me face my own ruin.” (Moses was stressed out to the point of death. He was overwhelmed with what he felt was a huge responsibility. Moses let God know that he needed his help. So we can also, when we feel overwhelmed.)
5-God can provide help, to release our burdens.
Numbers 11:16-17- The Lord said to Moses: “Bring me seventy of Israel’s elders who are known to you as leaders and officials among the people. Have them come to the tent of meeting, that they may stand there with you. 17 I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take some of the power of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them. They will share the burden of the people with you so that you will not have to carry it alone. (We don’t have to carry our burdens alone, just put them on the Lords shoulders, and wait for him to provide us help or an answer).
6-Lastly, be careful what you complain about and ask for. Because you might just get it, but not the way you expected it to be.
Numbers 11:19-20 (This is in reference to them complaining about wanting meat to eat) 19-You will not eat it for just one day, or two days, or five, ten or twenty days, 20 but for a whole month—until it comes out of your nostrils and you loathe it—because you have rejected the Lord, who is among you, and have wailed before him, saying, “Why did we ever leave Egypt?”’” (They received so much meat like they wanted, but it made them sick because it was too much). Numbers 11:33-34-33 But while the meat was still between their teeth and before it could be consumed, the anger of the Lord burned against the people, and he struck them with a severe plague. 34 Therefore the place was named Kibroth Hattaavah,[a] because there they buried the people who had craved other food. (They received the meat that they wanted, but didn’t know that death would come with it).