Old Testament

The Pentateuch

How did God respond to this complaint?

God got angry. Moses got angry because God got angry. Moses said to God, “Wherefore hast thou afflicted thy servant? And wherefore have I not found favor in thy sight, that thou layest the burden of all this people upon me? Have I conceived all this people? Have I begotten them, that thou shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing father beareth the sucking child, unto the land which thou swarest unto their fathers?” (KJV, Numbers 11:11–12)

To the rabble among the Israelites, God responded about the lack of meat: “Sanctify yourself against tomorrow, and ye shall eat flesh: for ye have wept in the ears of the LORD, saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? For it was well with us in Egypt: therefore the LORD will give you flesh and ye shall eat. Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days; But even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you: because that ye have despised the LORD which is among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt?” (KJV, Numbers 11:18–20) Indeed, that was an understatement. God sent tons of quail their way, so much so that the quail piled up three feet deep. While the rabble was eating, God struck them with a terrible plague, and many died.


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