Daily Devotional Friday 7th August 2020

by William Moody

Numbers 11:21–35

21 But Moses said, “The people among whom I am number six hundred thousand on foot, and you have said, ‘I will give them meat, that they may eat a whole month!’ 22 Shall flocks and herds be slaughtered for them, and be enough for them? Or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, and be enough for them?” 23 And the LORD said to Moses, “Is the LORD’s hand shortened? Now you shall see whether my word will come true for you or not.”

24 So Moses went out and told the people the words of the LORD. And he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tent. 25 Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. And as soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied. But they did not continue doing it.

26 Now two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the Spirit rested on them. They were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. 27 And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” 28 And Joshua the son of Nun, the assistant of Moses from his youth, said, “My lord Moses, stop them.” 29 But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the LORD’s people were prophets, that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!” 30 And Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.

Quail and a Plague

31 Then a wind from the LORD sprang up, and it brought quail from the sea and let them fall beside the camp, about a day’s journey on this side and a day’s journey on the other side, around the camp, and about two cubits1 above the ground. 32 And the people rose all that day and all night and all the next day, and gathered the quail. Those who gathered least gathered ten homers.2 And they spread them out for themselves all around the camp. 33 While the meat was yet between their teeth, before it was consumed, the anger of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD struck down the people with a very great plague. 34 Therefore the name of that place was called Kibroth-hattaavah,3 because there they buried the people who had the craving. 35 From Kibroth-hattaavah the people journeyed to Hazeroth, and they remained at Hazeroth.


[1] 11:31 A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters
[2] 11:32 A homer was about 6 bushels or 220 liters
[3] 11:34 Kibroth-hattaavah means graves of craving


Moses sees it as being unbelievable that the Lord could provide meet for a people that included over six hundred thousand men (v21-22). Moses is called back to faith in the Lord (v23). We need to ask which is bigger, the problems we face or the God we trust in?

Here we see the need of the Spirit of God to be faithful in doing the Lord’s work (v24-25; Ephesians 5 v18).

This incident involving Eldad and Medad is fascinating (v26-29). In the Lord’s work we need to be careful not to be parochial or put God in a box as to what He can or will do. God’s Spirit normally works through certain means but God is never limited as to what He can do. We must pray big prayers.

Now comes both blessing (v30-32) and judgment (v33-34). We have an amazing God who blesses wonderfully, but God will not go on allowing His Name to be dishonoured.

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