From: Jared Kitchen
The title of Numbers 11.1-15 in my Bible is called, The People Complain. Something I know a lot about. In fact, I bet my close friends would tell you that I’m only happy when I have something to complain about. I, like the Israelites, tend to forget about the many blessings God has bestowed upon me, and instead focus only what I am not getting. I wrote a quote down once hoping to remind myself to be thankful more. I’m not sure who said it but it goes like this, “who does not thank for little will not thank for much.” The Israelites were grumbling because they missed the food they had when they were in Egypt. They forgot about how it was for them before they were rescued from slavery. I think we tend to do the same thing; thinking that we were better off before we were free and could do anything we wanted.
Moses is unable to handle all the complaining of the Israelites. He says, “I am not able to carry all this people alone; the burden is too heavy for me.” Thankfully there is someone who is able to carry all the people’s burdens. This is something we are reminded of when we recite the benediction at the end of church. All our problems and difficulties, we send to the cross of Christ. Certainly we can be thankful for the cross of Christ and the hope that it gives us.
My name is Jared Kitchen and I am a direct descendant of the first group of people who cooked indoors. And I am a teacher.