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Friday, April 19th, '19

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THE SAME OLD SAME OLD

"...there is nothing at all, besides this manna, before our eyes" (Numbers 11:6)

 

Boredom, no change of menu, manna monotony, the same old same old, what got the Israelites in trouble is what gets us all in trouble, impatience. If you think you have it bad put yourself in their shoes. Remember, their shoes never wore out in all those forty years of wandering (Deuteronomy 8:4, 29:5). That allowed no trips to the shoe store. Whatever the style was forty years ago they were stuck with it. Plus, God kept their clothes from raveling to pieces - "Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell these forty years". If you want to get extra life out of your wardrobe that's a great miracle but who really wants to wear the same old same old? Add to that their surroundings. The Israelites had the same pastor for forty years, same traveling companions, same tents, same clothes, down the same road, and had to eat the same food, every meal, every day, every week, every year. Iron Chef doesn't have that many recipes. They baked manna, fried it, rolled it into pastries, sautéed, souffléd, sliced, diced, stuffed, steamed and stewed it. "And the people...gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in a mortar, and baked it in pans, and made cakes of it..." (Numbers 11:8) There are only so many ways you can serve manna then it starts tasting like hospital food.

 

Why the one-course meal? God said that what occurred during those forty years was a series of tests "to prove you, and to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep [My] commandments, or not" (Deuteronomy 8:2). Were they following God out of worship or because it was a laborious duty that they couldn't escape? It is interesting that manna was first described to taste as "wafers made with honey" (Exodus 16:31). But as the months rolled on they began to describe it as "the taste of fresh oil" (Numbers 11:8). There is a vast difference between the tastes of sweet honey and bland greasy oil. Funny how we can be so gung-ho on the new restaurant when it opens then complain of how ordinary it is a few months down the road. There is a saying about not missing the water till the well goes dry. When the manna dries up you'll beg for just a morsel of the same old same old. "To the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet" (Proverbs 27:7). The offense was that they desired the "fish, cucumbers, melons, leaks, onions, and garlic" of Egypt (Numbers 11:5) when what God served them was heaven's best. "Man did eat angels' food..." (Psalm 89:25) Talk about griping over being hung with a new rope!

 

The Book of Numbers was a book of mumblers and grumblers. Because of their constant whining forty days turned into forty years of testing. Did you know you can choose the longevity of your test? Jesus was in the wilderness forty days; Israel was there forty years. Had they yielded to God's purposes, conquered the flesh and whipped the devil, Moses and his bunch would have been out of the Sand and into the Land just as quickly. Most delayed breakthroughs are caused by our attitudes, not any particular hindrance from the enemy. The Hebrews kept going around that same old mountain because they continued to flunk the same exam. Going through fifth grade is a required passage in life but going through fifth grade until you're twenty-five or thirty years-old assumes a major breakdown in the system. Perhaps life to you has become routine, ritual, rut, rote. Resist complaint. There are some things you are stuck with for now. You are free to remodel but you may be stuck in that neighborhood for years to come. You can't change spouses like those in Hollywood do. You could quit your job today but that may not be God's will right now. As much as you hate the prospect, it will be time to go gather some more manna tomorrow at 8:00 AM. Then it will have to be ground, baked and put in a bowl. The question is, are you bored or are you blessed? However you answer that question, it will be added to your test file.


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