Matthew 21:23–32, Exodus 17:1–7
So, if you remember the Old Testament lesson Sharon read last Sunday, the Israelites, escaped from Egypt, were wandering in the wilderness, grumbling, at Moses. What’s the problem, people? Their problem was food. They were bellyaching because “they didn’t have any.” They were “starving.” “Why did you bring us out here in the wilderness without packing lunches?” Wah wah. So, God gave them Manna.
That was last week. This week, the people are protesting again. …
I don’t want to burst your bubble, but God wants to burst your bubble. I’ve been watching the NBA games from inside the DisneyWorld “bubble.”
Let’s pause a moment to consider how strange that sounds.
But, the bubble seems to be working. The games are good, unless the Pelicans are playing. The NBA’s catch-phrase this season is, “It’s a whole new game.” It’s certainly a whole new arena.
They have their virtual fans in the virtual stands projected on the walls. It’s a LITTLE creepy. …
The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. “If only we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: People are the worst.
In today’s scripture, Moses and his Official Spokesperson, Brother Aaron, have been backed into a political corner by an angry mob of protesters. And no, that’s not overstating the situation. The Bible says the whole congregation of the Israelites are complaining. Demanding change. Israelite Lives Matter, and what matters most to the Israelites right now is they are tired, they are lost, and they are hungry. …