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Reading: Psalm 106


Millions of people on this planet, including many 'true believers,' are discontented with their lot in life. Very few things satisfy them. They can find fault with almost every place, everything and everyone; and they spend much of their time 'murmuring.' They want more money, luxury, authority, power, position and possessions. They see others with these things: but they are discontented with their lot in life and are not slow to voice their discontent.

Discontentment is their Master and murmuring is their hobby.

These folk are spiritually sick. Are you one of them? Am I one of them? The Bible gives us some invaluable advice concerning discontentment and murmuring. It is found in Israel's experiences in their wilderness. I'll begin by reading a few verses of each experience and then endeavor to draw lessons from it.

1. In the Barren Wilderness of Sin

Exodus 15:27: And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters.
Exodus 16: 1: And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt.
2: And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moshe and Aaron in the wilderness:
3: And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to Elohim we had died by the hand of YaHuWaH in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.
4: Then said YaHuWaH unto Moshe, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in My law, or no.
5: And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.
6: And Moshe and Aaron said unto all the children of Israel, At even, then ye shall know that YaHuWaH hath brought you out from the land of Egypt:
7: And in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of YaHuWaH ; for that He heareth your murmurings against YaHuWaH : and what are we, that ye murmur against us?

What can we learn from this experience? Amongst other things, we can learn this:

  • That we should never forget how YaHuWaH has delivered us from the slavery of spiritual Egypt. How that the Lamb's blood has saved us from sin and eternal death and brought us through the Red Sea of Trial.
  • That though we live in an extremely evil world, a veritable 'wilderness of sin,' the Creator is still able to keep us alive, though conditions appear to be deteriorating. Remember the manna never began to fall till a whole month had passed: so their food stocks were precariously low.
  • That YaHuWaH, the Holy One of Israel listens to our every word, every murmur: 'for he heareth your murmuring.' He can read every thought, weigh every motive and assess every action. Nothing escapes Him, absolutely nothing at all.
  • That YaHuWaH, the KING of the Sabbath, is anxious to see whether we will walk in His Instructions, or not: or whether at the first sign of a shortage we begin to complain.

2. In the Wilderness of Thirst

Exodus 17: 1: And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of YaHuWaH, and pitched in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink.
2: Wherefore the people did chide with Moshe, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moshe said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt YaHuWaH ?
3: And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moshe, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?
4: And Moshe cried unto YaHuWaH , saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me.
5: And YaHuWaH said unto Moshe, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go.
6: Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moshe did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.
7: And he called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because of the chiding of the children of Israel, and because they tempted YaHuWaH, saying, Is YaHuWaH among us, or not?

What can we learn from this experience? Amongst other things, we can learn this:

  • YaHuWaH is well aware of the fact that we need water: and he will supply it when there are no wells from which to drink. But He usually waits to see our reaction when our supplies run dry.
  • Murmuring is tempting YaHuWaH !

3. In the Wilderness of Burning

About a year later Israel entered the wilderness of Paran, the wilderness of burning. The nation's complaints moved into a higher gear; and so did the Almighty's frustration and anger.

Numbers 11: 1: And when the people complained, it displeased YaHuWaH: and YaHuWaH heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of YaHuWaH burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.
2: And the people cried unto Moshe; and when Moshe prayed unto YaHuWaH, the fire was quenched.
3: And he called the name of the place Taberah: because the fire of YaHuWaH burnt among them.
4: And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?
5: We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic:
6: But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes…...
10: Then Moshe heard the people weep throughout their families, every man in the door of his tent: and the anger of YaHuWaH was kindled greatly; Moshe also was displeased.

What can we learn from this experience? Among other things, we can learn this:

  • That after being warned, after witnessing the mighty power of YaHuWaH for a whole year, after eating food which fell from Heaven, after drinking water which gushed out of a rock, the people of YaHuWaH persisted in their murmuring. YaHuWaH 's anger was greatly kindled, particularly against the 'mixt-multitude,' that is, the faithless, half-converted believers in the camp who were only interested in the things of the flesh - food and drink.
  • This passage is not teaching that we should all become vegetarians: or that cucumbers, melons, onions, leeks and garlic are not to be enjoyed. Oh no! This experience is teaching us that when we begin to be bored with the heavenly Bread of Life (the Word of Elohim, the Son of Elohim, the worship of Elohim) then we are in grave danger of entering Taberah: where the fire of YaHuWaH burnt His people.

4. In the Wilderness of Doubt

Even though YaHuWaH, the Holy One of Israel had crushed the mighty Egyptian army and set Israel free, His people still feared human enemies and human fortifications. Ten of the twelve spies had brought back a very discouraging report: one that was riddled with doubt about Israel's chances of taking over the Promised Land. As a result tens of thousands of adult Israelites, all except their little children, followed their lead and began to doubt. Those adults all lost their lives in the wilderness - all except Yehoshua and Caleb.

Numbers 14: 1: And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.
2: And all the children of Israel murmured against Moshe and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would Elohim that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would Elohim we had died in this wilderness!
3: And wherefore hath YaHuWaH brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt?
4: And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.
5: Then Moshe and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.
6: And Yehoshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Yephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes:
7: And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land.
8: If YaHuWaH delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.
9: Only rebel not ye against YaHuWaH, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defense is departed from them, and YaHuWaH is with us: fear them not.

10: But all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the glory of YaHuWaH appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel.
11: And YaHuWaH said unto Moshe, How long will this people provoke Me? and how long will it be ere they believe Me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them?
12: I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they.

What can we learn from this experience? Among other things, we can learn this:

  • Doubting the Almighty's power to save and keep His promise to protect us from our enemies, is fatal: not only for ourselves but for those who rely on our judgement and who may become infected with our doubts.
  • Also, you may unthinkingly wish for something stupid, and then be granted your wish. They asked for death in the wilderness ('…would Elohim we had died in this wilderness!) and then - horror of horrors! their wish was granted.
  • Or you may well think of stoning the very people who try to instil faith in you.' They took up stones to stone Yehoshua and Caleb.'

5. In the Wilderness of Authority

Numbers 16: 1: Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men:
2: And they rose up before Moshe, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown:
3: And they gathered themselves together against Moshe and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are set apart, every one of them, and YaHuWaH is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of YaHuWaH ? …

When summoned to discuss the matter with Moshe, the Reubenite rebels Dathan and Abiram sent this insulting message to him:

Numbers 16:14: Moreover thou hast not brought us into a land that floweth with milk and honey, or given us inheritance of fields and vineyards: wilt thou put out the eyes of these men? we will not come up.

Many of you know the story well. Moshe was furious, YaHuWaH was furious and He caused the earth to split open and swallow up the rebels, their families, their tents and all their goods.

Numbers 16: 31: And it came to pass, as he (Moshe) had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them:
32: And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.
33: They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation.
34: And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the Earth swallow us up also.
35: And there came out a fire from YaHuWaH, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense…

The very next day:

verse 41: But on the morrow all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moshe and against Aaron, saying , Ye have killed the people of YaHuWaH.

The Almighty's anger overflowed, He began to slaughter Israel and it was only when Aaron, on Moshe's orders, ran to their rescue that the plague was stayed.

Numbers 16: 48: And he (Aaron) stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.
49: Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, beside them that died about the matter of Korah.

What can we learn from this experience? Among other things, we can learn this:

  • Though Israel was a nation of kings and priests (Exodus 19:6) not every Israelite was authorized to officiate as a priest before YaHuWaH. That office was reserved for the family of Aaron. To be sure the other Levites and the Reubenites had important duties, but not as priests of the Most High.
  • Misjudgment of this fact on the part of the Levite Korah and the Reubenites, Dathan, Abiram and On resulted in the death of some 250 princes and about 15,000 souls!

6. Aaron's Rod'

Surprisingly the remaining leaders in Israel still considered themselves in the right. To be sure they didn't join in the open rebellion of Korah, Dathan, Abiram and the 250 who died. But they still considered that Aaron and his sons were taking too much upon themselves. After all, were they not leaders of the other tribes of Israel. And so YaHuWaH organized, what I call - the Rod Test. Like a monarch's scepter or an army officer's baton, the rod is the symbol of authority that a ruler has over a company, tribe or nation.

Numbers 17: 3: And thou shalt write Aaron's name upon the rod of Levi: for one rod shall be for the head of the house of their fathers.
4: And thou shalt lay them up in the tabernacle of the congregation before the testimony, where I will meet with you.
5: And it shall come to pass, that the man's rod, whom I shall choose, shall blossom: and I will make to cease from me the murmurings of the children of Israel, whereby they murmur against you.
6: And Moshe spake unto the children of Israel, and every one of their princes gave him a rod apiece, for each prince one, according to their fathers' houses, even twelve rods: and the rod of Aaron was among their rods.
7: And Moshe laid up the rods before YaHuWaH in the tabernacle of witness.
8: And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moshe went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds.
9: And Moshe brought out all the rods from before YaHuWaH unto all the children of Israel: and they looked, and took every man his rod.
10: And YaHuWaH said unto Moshe, Bring Aaron's rod again before the testimony, to be kept for a token against the rebels; and thou shalt quite take away their murmurings from me, that they die not.
11: And Moshe did so: as YaHuWaH commanded him, so did he.
12: And the children of Israel spake unto Moshe, saying, Behold, we die, we perish, we all perish.
13: Whosoever cometh any thing near unto the tabernacle of YaHuWaH shall die: shall we be consumed with dying?

What can we learn from this experience? Among other things, we can learn this:

  • Rebellion against Moshe, the channel of divine law, is a fatal mistake.
  • Assuming or coveting spiritual authority which YaHuWaH hasn't given is a grave error. It can lead to the death of many souls.
  • YaHuWaH has appointed various duties in the church which can only be done by His authorized channels. Divine authority in matters spiritual is always evident by its results:- spiritual buds, blossoms and almonds. The bowls of the seven branch candlestick (a symbol of the Holy Spirit) were all 'made like unto almonds, with their knops and their flowers.' (Exodus 25:33-34, Ex. 37:19-20)

Acceptable Discontent

There is, of course, such a thing as acceptable discontent: else no one would seek improvement. We would all sit still and content ourselves with any and everything - however bad it happened to be. But what is acceptable discontent? Misjudgment in this matter could be inviting disaster. Here are a few examples of acceptable discontent:

One's own Righteousness

Comparing ourselves with others is a vain and futile pastime. Better by far to compare yourself to YAHUSHUA the Savior. You can be sure that if you take this course you will feel discontented with your own performance and this will lead to repentance, faith, humility and contentment.

Psalm 17:15: As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness.

National Godlessness

No believers should be satisfied with the moral decline we see all around. Speaking of Lot who lived in ancient Sodom the Bible says:

2 Peter 2:8: For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds…

Pray for more Laborers in the Field

Luke 10:2: Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth laborers into his harvest.

Do Something Positive

Doubtless there are scores of other things that need improvement: in the home, in the church, in the school, in the workplace. Wherever you look you will see things that are crying out for attention. Things that make the true believer unhappy and discontented. That's not a bad thing. But don't just resort to criticism or murmuring under your breath. Get in there and help to put it right. Do something about it. Don't wait for others to lead out, do it yourself. Remember that the only ground for criticism is - can you do better? If you think you can, then go ahead and do it; because murmuring is counter productive and, what's worse, it angers YaHuWaH !

7. The Cure for Discontentment

There is a cure for discontentment. Scripture says:

Proverbs 19:23: The fear of YaHuWaH tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied…

But there is a better route to contentment: which, if taken, will lead you to peace of mind, freedom from sin, distress and discontent? That route is to YAHUSHUA the Messiah, the son of David, the only begotten Son of YaHuWaH. He is ever ready to accept you into his company. To be sure, none of his followers are perfect: but he is and you are welcome to join him. A story is told of king David of ancient Israel. On an infinitely higher plane the same is true of YAHUSHUA of Nazareth. Here is the story:

1 Samuel 22: 1: David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father's house heard it, they went down thither to him.
2: And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them…

Are you in distress? Are you spiritually bankrupt, with no hope whatsoever of clearing your debt? Have you some problem from which you want to run away? Are you discontented with your life, your partner, your family, your church, your job, your country? Then run to YAHUSHUA the Savior, to the son of David, the Son of YaHuWaH ! You can be sure that He will not turn you away. In His company you will find rest for your soul and true satisfaction.

Matthew 11:28: Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29: Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30: For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.