They spoke against God, saying, "Can God really prepare a table in the wilderness?
Prayer book Version, "And provoked the Most Highest in the wilderness." The idea is that, in their urgent entreaty for meat, which became, in fact, a demand, and an expression of masterful self-willedness, the people made it necessary for God to do what he would gladly have been spared from doing - correct them by means of severe judgments.
"They required meat for their lust. God
provided for their need
; they wanted him to provide for their self-indulgence
; and this no man has ever any right to expect
of God, though, in fact, he does give us all things richly to enjoy." But notice this point. The mere request the people made did not appear to be wrong in itself. The wrong is seen when the heart, the purpose, prompting the request, is clearly recognized. "God looketh on the heart." Compare the request of Simon Magus (Acts 8:21
). Simon Peter recognized heart tempting of God, and firmly declared, "Thy heart is not right in the sight of God."
I. OUR REQUESTS CAN NEVER STAND ALONE. We can usually only judge the propriety or impropriety of a request. God never separates the request from the person who makes it. Even we look anxiously for signs of sincerity and earnestness. God finds all the interest of a request in the state of mind it expresses. What prompts the request is the question of supreme importance. God answers the man, not the man's words. Show in how many ways there may be divorce between the man and his request. Illustrate by Augustine's prayer, "Lord, convert me," which sounds well, and can be approved. When he added, "but not yet," he let his heart speak, and spoiled his prayer. When God read his heart, he heard this, "Don't convert me, Lord." If we look at the heart behind the request of the Israelites, we can see the unbelief which would put God to the test, and say, "He can give us this light bread, he cannot give us good meat." Plead for searchings of heart before offering petitions to God, because he will answer the heart, not the petition, so we must see to it that the petition expresses the heart. God is provoked by insincerity to correct through judgments (vers. 30, 31).
II. OUR REQUESTS MAY REALLY BE INSULTS. None of us can come aright to God unless "we believe that he is, and that he is the Rewarder of those who diligently seek him." God asks for trust. "Believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." The supreme offence to God is "doubting him," "suspecting him." These men offered insult to Jehovah when in effect they said, "Give us flesh to eat; we know you cannot do that." - R.T.
Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?
Here is —
I. A BASE INGRATITUDE. He had done so, and they had participated in the banquet.
II. A MISERABLE SCEPTICISM. Can He do it? He who peopled immensity with innumerable worlds and systems, etc. What an insane and imbecile scepticism is this! not worth argument.
III. A. LIVING REBELLION. The question shows that rebellion was a rampant spirit within them.
THE NATURE AND IMPORT OF THE QUESTION. It is not the language of faith, but of doubt, distrust and unbelief.
II. THE RESOURCES OF GOD.
1. As the God of Nature. "The heavens declare the glory of God," etc.
2. As the God of providence. To the Christian believer this doctrine is an unmixed source of Divine consolation. He believes that the same providing mind which bestowed "the unspeakable gift " is engaged to supply his daily bread.
3. As the God of grace — enlightening, preventing, convincing, justifying, sanctifying and comforting and strengthening grace.
III. A GOD INFINITE IN HIS RESOURCES, AS HE IS ABLE, IS ALSO WILLING TO COMMUNICATE HIS BLESSINGS TO HIS NEEDY CREATURES. He is a sun of brightness and a sea of fulness.
IV. THERE IS AS MUCH WISDOM, MERCY AND GOODNESS IN WHAT HE WITHHOLDS as in what He gives. The state of probation allotted to the Christian is of a mixed character. The brightest clay has the pillar of a cloud, and the darkest night a pillar of fire. The unmixed wine of the kingdom is reserved for the kingdom. The withheld mercies of our God are frequently blessings in disguise, so disguised that only the eye of faith can see through it.
PeopleAsaph, David, Ham, Jacob, Joseph, Psalmist
TopicsAble, Array, Bitter, Desert, Furnish, Prepare, Ready, Saying, Spake, Speak, Spoke, Spread, Table, Waste, Wilderness, Yea, Yes
Outline1. An exhortation both to learn and to preach, the law of God
9. The story of God's wrath against the incredulous and disobedient
67. The Israelites being rejected, God chose Judah, Zion, and David.
Dictionary of Bible ThemesPsalm 78:19
8705 apostasy, in OT
1418 miracles, responses
8836 unbelief, response
4824 famine, spiritual
5473 proof, through testing
LibraryMemory, Hope, and Effort
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Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Turning Back in the Day of Battle
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Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 12: 1866
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"Thou Shalt Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother. "
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Dr. Martin Luther—A Treatise on Good Works
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John Yeardley—Memoir and Diary of John Yeardley, Minister of the Gospel
The World's Bread
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Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
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Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 9: 1863
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Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Deaf Stammerer Healed and Four Thousand Fed.
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