2/28/2018 — Numbers Chapters 11-13
I was struck as I looked at several commentaries on these Chapters by a summary offered by Coffman on the very first verse:
Numbers 11:1 — “1 Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the Lord …”
Coffman writes: There is hardly any other word that more effectively describes Israel during their wilderness sojourn than this one. The people appeared to be totally unwilling to accept any kind of inconvenience or hardship in order to achieve their liberty and independence, overlooking completely the fundamental truth that freedom, prosperity, and power simply cannot appear automatically as a bestowed privilege, but must be won by diligent work and faithfulness
As a nation — our freedom was not given but has been won and preserved through the dedication, work, and often the sacrifice of our nations heroes.
As believers our liberty and freedom from the greatest conqueror, sin, is not just bestowed upon us. This freedom required the sacrifice of the very Son of God. We can remain faithful through the grace that comes for the Lord & His love.