This week’s passage is absolutely fascinating. It’s Numbers 11 when God’s people are complaining in the wilderness, remembering how good they had it in slavery!
My first resource is Sara Grove’s U-Tube video of “Painting Pictures of Egypt.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUYAmVYnC-Y (I am excited to be sharing the podium with Sara in Kansas City on April 2nd. I’m a huge fan for her reflective lyrics always press me into His heart.)
The second resource is a free sermon from a gifted young pastor at Redeemer Fellowship in Kansas City on this passage. Here’s that link: http://www.redeemerkansascity.org/resources/?sermon_id=145
The setting: God’s people have been set free from slavery in Egypt, for God had heard their cry, and rescued them, bringing them out with a mighty triumph! tThey had experienced the power of the blood of the passover lamb and they had witnessed his mighty miracles: the parting of the Red Sea, a pillar of fire by night, and a cloud by day to guide them. But life is also hard, for they are trudging through the dessert, eating only manna. There are hard things about this life too.
Read Numbers 11:1-15
1. What happened in verses 1 through 3? What does complaining reveal?
(I always remember in the biography DAWS, Dawson Trotman, founder of Navigators, forbid complaining in their home!)
2. In Numbers 11:4-6, what were the people craving? What was their idol, do you think? Describe the strong cravings of your idol.
3. Verses 5-6 are truly humorous — though we can be as idiotic. What do they remember, and what do they forget?
4. Listen to Sara Grove’s song above about “Painting Pictures of Egypt.” How were they doing that?
5. How do you deceive yourself and give into your idol? This question, is taken slowly, can help shed light and set you free.
6. What does Moses say to the Lord in verses 14-15? CHALLENGE QUESTION. How was Jesus “a better Moses?”
Read Numbers 11:31-35.
7. Describe what happens here. What phrases stick out to you and why?
8. What do you CRAVE besides God? What deceitful thoughts do you have in the moments of craving?
9. How could you allow God to meet the above need? How you could speak to your soul?
10. What’s your take-a-way this week?
NEXT WEEK — THE HOLY TIME OF LENT BEGINS — A TIME FOR INTIMACY WITH OUR REDEEMER