They did not realize their sin

Numbers Bible Background

Old Testament: Num 11.33–34

To read the Bible in a year, read Numbers 11–13 on February 24, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

The children of Israel, and some other people who had joined Israel in coming out of Egypt, complained that they had to eat manna all the time and they wanted meat. So, the Lord gave them meat, but the people were not grateful and had not seen how bad their attitude toward the Lord had been. Therefore, the Bible says:

But while the meat was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was aroused against the people, and the LORD struck the people with a very great plague. So he called the name of that place Kibroth Hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had yielded to craving.

– Numbers 11.33–34

It just never occurred to them what they had done. They should have been ashamed, but all that they could think about was eating the food, and for that the Lord struck them with a plague.


  • How far did they get in their eating before the Lord’s wrath was aroused?
  • Do you let bodily cravings take control of you?

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