Day Sixty-one: March 2 – Today’s Tasting – Numbers 11-13: Israel started complaining about their hardships, food, and shelter. Moses heard enough complaining to spiral him into distress. He pleaded with God to put him out of his misery and kill him. Instead, the Lord chose seventy men, took some of the Spirit that rested on Moses, and put that Spirit on the seventy. He chose the men up to help carry the burden of Israel’s welfare. The Spirit rested (signifying to settle down after drawing a good breath).
“And the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to Moses. Then he gave the seventy elders the same Spirit that was upon Moses. And when the Spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But this never happened again.” Numbers 11:25. Moses responds by saying, “I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit upon them all,” Numbers 11:29.
Today’s Nourishment: Israel complained that the manna, meaning, “what is it,” did not satisfy like the cucumbers, leaks, and onions from Egypt. While the Lord rained meat (quail) from the sky, Israel gorged on the meat. It seems like a contradiction—a life complaining about their food, yet gorging, at the same time. Living with a never satisfied physical appetite—only the Spirit of God truly satisfies.
The Spirit rested – a glimpse of when the Spirit would, one day, descend on Jesus to remain. Then Jesus to His disciples—Jesus breathed on the disciples and said, “receive the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh).” He continues to say to us, “receive the Spirit.” In Acts 2-4, the Spirit, Pneuma – breath, spirit-wind, rushed and rested, because of the one hundred twenty waiting on the Holy Spirit.
We continue complaining about the same things, in the same ways. We whine, “Lord what is it that you have allowed on my plate in life?” It takes the Spirit of God abiding, resting, and remaining, to keep us from complaining or living as gluttons. Our flesh wants satisfaction. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you. Walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. The only way we conquer selfish desires—walk in the Spirit.
Holy Spirit, fill me today. I give you permission to settle, rest, and remain in my life, and to allow on my plate that which conforms me to the image of Jesus.
Tomorrow’s Reading: Numbers 14-15