Thoughts on Numbers 11

“The people complained…”

They complained about something so miraculous – manna, food from heaven! – that had been so commonplace that they don’t realize how amazing it is anymore. Look around, look at your life, miracles and blessings abound!

“The rabble among them…”

It’s easy to blame it on the “uncouth”, immature, mob or whatever for inciting discontent, tempting “the faithful”, causing trouble – but I believe that those who are (more) mature should be responsible to lead and guide those who are not. In an absence of a leader, or in this case with Moses – an overwhelmed leader, the mob rules.

“I am not able to carry all this people alone; the burden is too heavy for me…”

Being a leader is a heavy responsibility. It’s amazing people even aspire to be one. Moses had to deal with both external and internal pressures. It seems like it’s the same for all leaders in the Bible.

“Gather seventy elders of Israel…”

Again, delegation – passing of the torch. It’s a common theme. There are obvious leaders, but there are also those who are not so obvious to us, but God sees them as leaders.

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