(4) And the mixed multitude who were in their midst lusted greatly, so the children of Yisra’el also wept again and said, “Who is giving us meat to eat?
The mixed multitude who were crafted into Israel started lusting after meat and caused the children of Israel to complain again, this time for meat.
(5) “We remember the fish which we ate without cost in Mitsrayim, the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic,
(6) but now our throat is dried up. There is naught to look at but this manna!”
When we realize that the manna refers to bread which symbolizes the Word then we will know that this could symbolize studies of the Scriptures. The people wanted meat and meat symbolizes obedience. Once again instead of asking they complaint and started missing and remembering what they had in Egypt.
To make this more meaningful for today let us look at another example. When we start leaving Christmas and Easter and start eating only what us clean then we will experience rejection as we start setting ourselves apart from those who still do these things. It is written that the road is narrow. It will get lonely and one may start missing the social side of what was left behind and start wondering why we do not have the social gatherings which we used to have. However the more you align yourself to Yahuah’s way the more you will be setting yourself apart and the more lonely you may become as others will start rejecting and maybe even mocking or persecuting you.
(7) Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like the appearance of bdellium.
(8) The people went about and gathered it, ground it on millstones or beat it in the mortar, and cooked it in a pot, and made cakes of it. And its taste was as the taste of cakes baked with oil.
(9) And when the dew fell on the camp at night, the manna fell on it.
(10) And Mosheh heard the people weeping throughout their clans, each man at the door of his tent. And the displeasure of Yahuah burned exceedingly. And in the eyes of Mosheh it was evil,
(11) so Mosheh said to Yahuah, “Why have You done evil to Your servant? And why have I not found favour in Your eyes, to put the burden of all these people on me?
(12) “Was it I who conceived all these people? Was it I who brought them forth, that You should say to me, ‘Carry them in your bosom, as the foster father carries a nursing child,’ to the land which You swore to their fathers?
(13) “Where am I to get meat to give to all these people? For they weep before me, saying, ‘Give us meat to eat.’
(14) “I am unable to bear all these people alone, because the burden is too heavy for me.
(15) “And if You are doing this to me, please slay me altogether, if I have found favour in Your eyes, and let me not see my evil!”
Yahuah was starting to become impatient with the people and Yahuah was becoming all the more displeased for their lack in faith and obedience. Mosheh started pleading with Yahuah because the burden of the people started getting too much for him to bear alone.
(16) Then Yahuah said to Mosheh, “Gather to Me seventy men of the elders of Yisra’el, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them. And bring them to the Tent of Meeting, and let them stand there with you.
(17) “And I shall come down and speak with you there, and shall take of the Spirit that is on you, and put on them. And they shall bear the burden of the people with you, so that you do not bear it yourself alone.
(18) “And say to the people, ‘Set yourselves apart for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat, because you have wept in the hearing of Yahuah, saying, “Who is giving us meat to eat? For it was well with us in Mitsrayim.” And Yahuah shall give you meat, and you shall eat.
Yahuah said that He would provide them with meat but because they complaint so much and questioned why they were saved from Egypt He was going to punish them for it.
(19) ‘You are going to eat, not one day, nor two days, nor five days, nor ten days, nor twenty days,
(20) but for a month of days, until it comes out of your nostrils and becomes an abomination to you, because you have rejected Yahuah who is among you, and have wept before Him, saying, “Why did we come up out of Mitsrayim?” ’ ”
They were going to eat meat until they had too much of it.
(21) And Mosheh said, “The people in whose midst I am are six hundred thousand men on foot, and You, You have said, ‘I give them meat to eat for a month of days.’
(22) “Could flocks and herds be slaughtered for them, to be sufficient for them? Or could all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to be sufficient for them?”
(23) And Yahuah said to Mosheh, “Is the arm of Yahuah too short? Now see whether My word meets you or not!”
One can see Mosheh’s frustration here when he started asking how Yahuah would provide. Yahuah told him that he will provide.
(24) And Mosheh went out and spoke to the people the words of Yahuah, and he gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the Tent.
(25) And Yahuah came down in the cloud, and spoke to him, and took of the Spirit that was upon him, and placed the same upon the seventy elders. And it came to be, when the Spirit rested upon them, that they prophesied, but did not continue.
(26) However, two men had remained in the camp. The name of one was Eldad, and the name of the other Meydad. And the Spirit rested upon them. Now they were among those listed, but did not go out to the Tent. And they prophesied in the camp.
(27) And a young man ran and informed Mosheh, and said, “Eldad and Meydad are prophesying in the camp.”
(28) And Yehoshua son of Nun, Mosheh’s assistant from his youth, answered and said, “Mosheh my master, forbid them!”
(29) Then Mosheh said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Oh, that all the people of Yahuah were prophets, that Yahuah would put His Spirit upon them!”
(30) And Mosheh returned to the camp, both he and the elders of Yisra’el.
Yahuah puts of the Spirit which was on Mosheh also on the seventy elders and they started prophesying. When did this come? When they started eating meat. Meat which symbolizes obedience.
(31) And a wind went forth from Yahuah, and it brought quail from the sea and let them fall beside the camp, about a day’s journey on this side and about a day’s journey on the other side, all around the camp, and about two cubits above the surface of the ground.
(32) And the people were up all that day, and all that night, and all the next day, and gathered the quail. He who has least gathered ten homers. And they spread them out for themselves all around the camp.
Yahuah made sure that there will be enough meat for everyone to eat but what do we see? Those who lusted became selfish and for themselves.
(33) The meat was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, and the wrath of Yahuah burned against the people, and Yahuah smote the people with an exceeding great plague.
(34) Then he called the name of that place Qibroth Hatta’awah, because there they buried the people who had lusted.
Here we can see that Yahuah is also reaching the peak of His patience with the people.
May Yahuah have mercy on us and may we learn from them and trust that Yahuah will provide for us.
Until next time.
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