Sunday Morning Worship
November 17, 2013
Series: “Compulsive Grumblers”
Today: “Grumbling is Rebellion”
Scripture: Numbers 14:1-9 That night all the people of the community raised their voices and wept aloud.
2 All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this desert! 3 Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?”
4 And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”
5 Then Moses and Aaron fell facedown in front of the whole Israelite assembly gathered there. 6 Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes 7 and said to the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. 8 If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. 9 Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will swallow them up. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”
Intro: Rebellion : resistance to or defiance of any authority, control or tradition. (Dictionary.com)
* But the Israelites said to each other: “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt” (Numbers 14:4).
I. GRUMBLING IS REBELLION BECAUSE IT EXPRESSES FEARS ABOUT OUR LEADER.
A. Numbers 14:3 – Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword?
B. Grumbling is rebellion because we fear God is going to harm us .
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
II. GRUMBLING IS REBELLION BECAUSE IT EXPRESSES OUR RESISTANCE TO OUR AUTHORITY.
* We are saying, I will praise you when life goes well, but something is terribly wrong when life hurts.
Jeremiah 18:5-6 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.
Hebrews 13:20-21 May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Conclusion: Two attitudes to choose from in the face of trouble.
* Rebellion , in spite of God’s past help to us; go through trouble by grumbling.
* Courageous , because of God’s past help. We go through trouble trusting and praising.