Thursday, September 17, 2015

What's For Dinner? Blood & Quail Meat

READ Ezekiel 35-36

Sometimes it is a sign of judgment (or possibly discipline) when God gives us what we want. In his prophecy against Mount Seir God says, “Because you cherished perpetual enmity and gave over the people of Israel to the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, at the time of their final punishment, therefore, as I live, declares the Lord God, I will prepare you for blood, and blood shall pursue you; because you did not hate bloodshed, therefore blood shall pursue you.” (35:5-6) They wanted bloodshed so bloodshed would be there fate.

Remember the Israelites in the wilderness. They were not satisfied with God’s provision of manna and craved meat. So God gave them quail meat till it was coming out of their nostrils (Numbers 11:20). Listen to the Psalmist’s commentary on this experience: “But they soon forgot his works; they did not wait for his counsel. But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness, and put God to the test in the desert; he gave them what they asked, but sent a wasting disease among them.” (Psalm 106:13-15)

The lesson is to be satisfied with what God has for us and not to crave other things instead. Romans 1 has a similar idea when three times Paul says, “God gave them up” (24, 26, 28). In essence, God was giving them up to what they were craving instead of worshipping him as the giver of every good and perfect gift.

So be careful what you set your heart on and desire. Let it be God and what he has for you. Stay away from anything that gets in the way. Quail meat was not a bad thing in and of itself. But it was not God’s best for the Israelites.

Prayer: Father, let me be satisfied in you. Empty me of the hunger for other things that will shield me from you. Let my joy and delight and fulfillment come from you.

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