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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Numbers 11:4

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"THE MIXED MULTITUDE"
Intro: When the children of Israel came out from Egypt there came with them this mixed multitude. They were not full Jews, not true covenant people. Sort of just coming along for the ride, like unconverted in the church.
I. THE MIXED MULTITUDE "FELL A LUSTING."
A. Not satisfied with God's provision (manna.)
1. They began to lust for the food of Egypt.
a. Fish, cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, garlic.
b. Nothing really wrong with this food.
1. It was a part of the old life.
2. Only a part, there was also the bondage.
2. They began to let their fleshly appetites rule them.
a. They started standing in their tent doors weeping.
b. What pressure this created on Moses, God's leader.
3. They began to complain about God's food.
a. True, it was a monotonous diet.
b. They lost sight of the long term work of God.
1. This wilderness was not to be their home.
2. God was bringing them to a land.
B. Because of their weeping and complaints, God promised to give them meat to their full.
1. He brought the quail flying about 3 ft. high.
2. They gathered them all day, all night, all the next day.
a. Those who gathered the least gathered around 850 gallons.
b. Certainly far more than they could use.
3. So sickening was this sight of people giving themselves over to unbridled lust, that God sent a plague into the camp.
a. Many died and were buried there, before they could even swallow the flesh they craved.
b. They called the place Kibroth-hattaavah (graves of lust).
c. "He gave them their request, but sent leanness to their soul."
II. WHAT LESSONS CAN GOD TEACH US FROM MIXED MULTITUDES?
A. These things were our examples that we should not lust after evil things.
1. The mixed multitude within the church.
a. They are not satisfied to feed on Jesus, the Bread of life.
b. They desire to bring the world into the church.
1. Music not for worship but entertainment.
2. The social functions gain the most prominence.
c. They would make the church a social club with religious overtones.
B. What a sad day when we become slaves to our own lusts.
1. It begins with the fantasizing of the past.
2. Tendency to remember only the good.
a. Remember the $50.00 jackpot, forget 5,000.
b. Remember the warmth of the alcohol in your throat, forget stepping in your vomit.
C. Unbridled lusts are destructive.
1. They will destroy your fellowship with God.
2. They will lead to Kibroth-hattaavah.
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