Reading the Word
Psalm 78:26–31 (ESV)
26 He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens, and by his power he led out the south wind; 27 he rained meat on them like dust, winged birds like the sand of the seas; 28 he let them fall in the midst of their camp, all around their dwellings. 29 And they ate and were well filled, for he gave them what they craved. 30 But before they had satisfied their craving, while the food was still in their mouths, 31 the anger of God rose against them, and he killed the strongest of them and laid low the young men of Israel.
Understanding and Applying the Word
In these verses, we find a recounting of the incident found in Numbers 11. God feeds the people by sending quail. This was done in a response to the people complaining about the manna that God had been giving them to sustain them in the wilderness. So God gave them the meat that they craved and grumbled about. As the people greedily gathered the quail, God was angered and punished the people.
Unfortunately, the attitude of the people of Israel in Numbers 11 often reflects our own. God promises to be with his people and supply their daily bread, but we are often not content with what he gives. Instead, we groan and crave more. In doing so, we fail to give God the glory he deserves. He not only supplies our daily needs, but he has supplied his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. God, in his great grace, not only gives us life, but eternal life as he leads us to the Promised Land and sustains us all the way.
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