HAND OF GOD (Lesson 2)
HAND OF GOD PROVIDES ALL WHAT WE NEED
Deuteronomy 11:1-4 Love the Lord your God and keep his requirements, his decrees, his laws and his commands always. 2 Remember today that your children were not the ones who saw and experienced the discipline of the Lord your God: his majesty, his mighty hand, his outstretched arm; 3 the signs he performed and the things he did in the heart of Egypt, both to Pharaoh king of Egypt and to his whole country; 4 what he did to the Egyptian army, to its horses and chariots, how he overwhelmed them with the waters of the Red Sea as they were pursuing you, and how the Lord brought lasting ruin on them.
Remember that the Lord did amazing miracles with his mighty hand, his outstretched arm, to reveal his love to the people of this world and to help them to love him in return.
We will see an incident that happened after the Israelites crossed the Red Sea and reached the wilderness. God has been providing them with Manna from heaven every day for them to eat. Yet they were unsatisfied and started grumbling.
Numbers 11:4-6 The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, “If only we had meat to eat! 5 We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. 6 But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!”
God was angry about their ungrateful heart and grumbling.
Moses was also really burdened to see the attitude of the people.
Numbers 11:11-15 He asked the Lord, “Why have you brought this trouble on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me? 12 Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth? Why do you tell me to carry them in my arms, as a nurse carries an infant,to the land you promised on oath to their ancestors? 13 Where can I get meat for all these people? They keep wailing to me, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ 14 I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me. 15 If this is how you are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill me—if I have found favor in your eyes—and do not let me face my own ruin.”(NIV)
So God gave a solution:
Numbers 11:18-23 “Tell the people: ‘Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow, when you will eat meat. The Lord heard you when you wailed, “If only we had meat to eat! We were better off in Egypt!” Now the Lord will give you meat, and you will eat it. 19 You will not eat it for just one day, or two days, or five, ten or twenty days, 20 but for a whole month—until it comes out of your nostrils and you loathe it—because you have rejected theLord, who is among you, and have wailed before him, saying, “Why did we ever leave Egypt?”’”
21 But Moses said, “Here I am among six hundred thousand men on foot, and you say, ‘I will give them meat to eat for a whole month!’ 22 Would they have enough if flocks and herds were slaughtered for them? Would they have enough if all the fish in the sea were caught for them?”
23 The Lord answered Moses, “Is the Lord’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.” (NIV)
Even though God was angry about their attitude he promised them meat!
Then Moses had a doubt: Vs.21 But Moses said, “Here I am among six hundred thousand men on foot, and you say, ‘I will give them meat to eat for a whole month!’ 22 Would they have enough if flocks and herds were slaughtered for them? Would they have enough if all the fish in the sea were caught for them?”
23 The Lord answered Moses, “Is the Lord’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.”
There were more than a million (10Lakh) people!
Moses was wondering how in the world anyone can provide meat for more than a million people in the wilderness!
God was promising ‘I will give them meat to eat for a whole month!’. God was willing to give them meat not for a day or two but for a whole month.
Moses felt it was impossible! He even expressed that plainly to God! What was God’s answer?
Vs.23 The Lord answered Moses, “Is the Lord’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.”
What are some things that you feel as your need but feel like it is impossible for anyone to meet that need?
Have you prayed for something and gave up praying because you think it is not possible?
Most horrible thing that we can do against God is to despise him.
Despise means ‘to regard with contempt or scorn’.
How can we despise God? By believing or expressing in any way to others that something is impossible for God! That gives the impression that God is weak!!
We are created by God to ‘glorify Him’ not to despise Him.(Isaiah 43:5-7 Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. 6 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’ Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth— 7 everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”)(NIV emphasis added)
So what happened to God’s promise to give meat?
Numbers 11:31-34 Now a wind went out from the Lord and drove quail in from the sea. It scattered them up to two cubits deep all around the camp, as far as a day’s walk in any direction.32 All that day and night and all the next day the people went out and gathered quail. No one gathered less than ten homers. Then they spread them out all around the camp.33 But while the meat was still between their teeth and before it could be consumed, the anger of the Lord burned against the people, and he struck them with a severe plague.34 Therefore the place was named Kibroth Hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had craved other food. (NIV)
God sent a wind (Entire nature is under his power) and brought quail and scattered them in their camp. Quails piled up two cubits (3 feet) deep all around the camp, as far as a day’s walk in any direction(vs 31). Can you imagine that sight?
No one would have been able to count or measure the amount of quail that God sent them.
It was much more than more than a million Israelites could eat!
So how powerful is the hand of God? With his outstretched arm he could feed the entire nation with meat!
But because they doubted the power of God to provide them with meat (or anything they needed), God struck them with a severe plague and many people perished.
Sharing: Many years ago Church in Bangalore used to hire a hall in Vishranthi Nilayam for Evening Services and meetings for small groups. One of the session Beena & I were taking care was Christian Training Programme. We had booked the hall for 3 days a week for few weeks. Every time we go there the authorities used to give us a lot of trouble. Either they will say we haven’t booked the place, or they will change the location to some other hall in the same campus etc. As disciples were coming from different parts of the city after work to learn from the Bible, we decided to buy a flask and take coffee for them. When we reached the place, the authorities stopped us and said ‘you can’t bring any food or drinks from outside’! We felt so sad! From that time we started praying ‘God help us to be able to buy our own place in a very convenient place for such meetings’! We remembered (Eph 3:20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.. (NIV)) God is ableto provide more than what we ask or imagine!
Very next day I bought an advertisement weekly (Free Ads/Admag) and checked for advertisements for commercial buildings for sale and there it was : an advertisement for a portion of a building for sale right in the heart of the city – walkable distance from Sivaji Nagar Bust station near Commercial street! The owner was kind enough to give it for a really low price. Usually people sell properties as and how it is. But this owner was willing to fix new doors, provide alterations as we specified with good quality materials, polished the floors and painted it well – all with his own money! It became ready to use! We had to just buy chairs , curtains and sound system!
In no time we could buy the building and the Church started having Evening services and any programme for around 100 people. Being in a commercial location, no one is bothered about us singing, praying etc. Now no one can send us out! We have the freedom to make tea/coffee/food etc. Truly God provides with HIS OUTSTRETCHED ARM
Challenge:1. Make a list of all what God provided for you in your life. Thank him for all that. Share with others how wonderful is God.