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Gems from Numbers 11: “Let me out of here!”

August 16, 2013

In Numbers 11, Moses was stressed out.

“ What did I ever do to you to deserve this? Did I conceive them? Was I their mother? So why dump the responsibility of this people on me? Why tell me to carry them around like a nursing mother, carry them all the way to the land you promised to their ancestors? Where am I supposed to get meat for all these people who are whining to me, ‘Give us meat; we want meat.’ I can’t do this by myself—it’s too much, all these people. If this is how you intend to treat me, do me a favor and kill me. I’ve seen enough; I’ve had enough. Let me out of here.”

In my head, his tantrum sounds just like the one I had this morning with my three children. Moses felt the stress of a mother*, who constantly cares for her children only to have them complain about the ONE THING they don’t have. And he lost it.

Oh Moses, I so get you.

*Or father, or nanny, or any full time caregiver of children.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 16, 2013 6:30 pm

    Good for you, sticking with it. I would be right there.

  2. August 17, 2013 1:59 pm

    What interested me more, though I can (from the distant past when our kids were young) identify with Moses is his implication that YHWH is their real mother! See http://bigbible.org/mothergod/2-2-3-gods-motherly-love/#7

    • August 17, 2013 8:16 pm

      Totally, Tim. I have a few posts in the works from this chapter. Its just loaded with gems. God as mother is surely a beautiful one! He is a better mother than Moses (or me), that’s for sure!

  3. September 10, 2013 6:11 am

    I love this passage! I just wrote about it on my blog too! I’m really enjoying reading your commentaries on Numbers 11! Thanks for sharing.

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