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“And Moses said unto the LORD, Wherefore hast thou afflicted thy servant? and wherefore have I not found favour in thy sight, that thou layest the burden of all this people upon me?” - Numbers 11:11.


While the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they complained bitterly and even wept because they did not have meat to eat, as well as fish, cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, garlic except the manna that was falling from heaven to them every day.  (Numbers 11:5-6) Moses was angered by their complaints because it was evidence of lack of faith in God. - in spite of the wonders He had shown them in delivering them from Egypt. The endless complaints of the Israelites made Moses the prophet to ask the question in the text for today. He said the burden of caring for the people was too much for him and begged God to end his life as an act of divine favour. (Numbers 11:14-17,25-30). God then told him to get 70 of the elders of the Israelites so that he would empower them to assist him in administering the people.

We should not talk carelessly against God like the Jews did when confronted with difficulties, but turn to Him in prayer - for with Him all things are possible. (Mark 10:27) God miraculously brought quails for the people to eat but punished them for their faithlessness. David declared, “As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.” - Psalm 55:16-18.

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