devotional post # 2300
Num 11:16 Then Yahveh said to Moses, “Gather for me seventy men from the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them, and bring them to the conference tent, and let them take their stand there with you.
Num 11:17 And I will come down and talk with you there. And I will take some of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them, and they will carry the burden of the people with you, so that you may not carry it yourself alone.
Num 11:18 And say to the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, and you will eat meat, because you have wept in the hearing of Yahveh, and this is what you said “Who will give us meat to eat? Because it was better for us in Egypt.” Therefore Yahveh will give you meat, and you will eat.
Num 11:19 You will not eat just one day, or two days, or five days, or ten days, or twenty days,
Num 11:20 but a whole month, until it comes out at your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you, because you have rejected Yahveh who is among you and have wept in the sight of him, and this is what he said “Why did we come out of Egypt?”‘”
Num 11:21 But Moses said, “The people I am among number six hundred thousand on foot, and you have said, ‘I will give them meat, that they may eat a whole month!’
Num 11:22 will flocks and herds be slaughtered for them, and be enough for them? Or will all the fish of the sea be collected for them, and be enough for them?”
Num 11:23 And Yahveh said to Moses, “Is Yahveh’s hand shortened? Now you will see whether my word will come true for you or not.”
The complaints about hardship and the monotonous manna have gotten to Moses. He cannot carry the burden of all the people alone. The LORD responds. He will give Moses not just one partner, but seventy. He will give the people meat, not just for one day, but for a whole month. God’s sufficiency and power were never the issue. Such is the case for the problems you and I are facing as well.
LORD, make us wise enough to trust you in the midst of our difficulties, and know that you have the power to rescue us.