Numbers 11 Outline
– God sent fire to burn among the Israelites and camp outskirts (Numbers 11:1-3)
– The Israelites complained about manna as their only food option (Numbers 11:4-9)
– Moses complained about his heavy burden to God (Numbers 11:10-23)
– God put the spirit on Moses on the 70 elders of Israel (Numbers 11:24-25)
– Eldad and Medad prophesied at their own tent (Numbers 11:26-30)
– God sent quails for the Israelites (Numbers 11:31-32)
– God struck the Israelites who crave for other food (Numbers 11:34)
– The Israelites traveled to Hazeroth (Numbers 11:35)
Numbers 11 Summary
The Israelites complained about their hardships and God heard them. God was very furious and he sent fire to burn among them and some of the outskirts of the camp. The Israelites complained to Moses about eating the same manna and not having other food options.
They told Moses that they were better off in Egypt because of the variety of food they ate there including cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic. Moses was pressured and he complained to God about it. God instructed Moses to bring 70 Israelites elders to the tent of the congregation.
After the 70 elders had gathered at the tent of the congregation, God put the spirit on Moses on the 70 elders so that they prophesied. After they prophesied, they never prophesy anymore again. Two elders, Eldad and Medad, did not came to the tent of the congregation but they prophesied along with the other elder at their own tent.
When Joshua son of Nun learned about it, he told Moses to stop them but Moses replied he wished all the Lord’s people would prophesy. Later, God made a wind blow the quail from the sea so that they were down around the camp at about 3 feet.
The people gathered as much quails as they needed. Each collect not less than 10 homers. But when the meat was still in between their teeth, God struck them with a plague because of their craving for other food and they were buried at the place. Therefore, they named the place Kibroth Hattaavah. After that, The Israelites traveled from Kibrothhattaavah to Hazeroth.
Numbers 11 Bible Study
1. Don’t grumble or complain
The Israelites complained their hardships to God and God punished them with a plague. No matter what type of hardship you face, you must not murmur or grumble about it. You should do all things without grumbling or questioning (Philippians 2:14). In Ephesians 4:29, let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. In James 5:9, grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. In 1 Peter 4:9, use hospitality one to another without grudging. In 1 Corinthians 10:10, neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
2. Be constantly filled with the Holy Spirit
Two elders, named Eldad and Medad, did not come to the front of the tent of the congregation but they also prophesied at their own tents along with the other elders. Joshua, son of Nun, saw this and told Moses about it. Moses replied he hoped all the Lord’s people would prophesy. In the Old Testament times, the Holy Spirit was only given to selected people such as prophets. In the New Testament, all the Christians have the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a gift from God to his children. The Holy Spirit is a witness to us, as the children of God. The Holy Ghost is our comforter and helper and he helps us to walk on the road of righteousness. In John 14:26, but the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. We should be filled with the Holy Spirit. You will feel God’s presence when you spend time with him such as praying, worshiping, reading the bible, serving him and etc.