All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness! 3 Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” 4 And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt Numbers 14:2-4
The servant leader
I will strike them down with a plague and destroy them, but I will make you into a nation greater and stronger than they.”Numbers 14:12
The Lord brought the people of Israel from the clutches of Pharaoh after making the ruler of Egypt aware that He was the Ruler of heaven and earth. Though Pharaoh witnessed all the signs and wonders of the Lord, his heart was not willing to give up the control that he had on the people of Israel.
On the other hand, when twelve leaders among the Israelites were asked to spy the land before they took possession of this promised land of milk and honey, In spite of witnessing the signs and wonders of the Lord, ten of the appointed spies were found to make excuses, wanting to return to Egypt so that they could make among themselves a leader of their own. Their negative attitude influenced the mass of people like wild fire. The Lord heard their murmuring and was greatly displeased and wanted to destroy them and make a nation out of Moses. However as Moses interceded and pleaded with the Lord for the lives of the wicked hearted people God spared the people of Israel.
Even though the people repeatedly were against Moses and spoke negatively about him, the heart of Moses was selfless and with full of love for the people of God. His desire was twofold; firstly to honour the Lord and secondly to be faithful to His call.
The lesson for us today is that we need to be faithful in all things that God has called us to do in spite of the resistance and oppositions from the others and honour the Lord in every way.
Dear Lord help me to be faithful in everything that you have called me to do and may I find joy in accomplishing what you have called me to do. Amen
Theo & Manju