1 The whole Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the Desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had come out of Egypt. 2 In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. 3 The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”
Have you ever suffered from short term memory? You know, forgotten how God loved you, saved you, redeemed you, delivered you, and rescued you from the power and penalty of sin and the hand of the enemy, who still to this day wants to choke every bit of life out of you in every regard – spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, in your relations, finances, and any other kind of -ly you can name?
Every time he whispers in your ear he is trying to convince you that God is something other than I AM THAT I AM, everything you need. Please pray now that the Lord would give you recall of Exodus 16:1-2 and how utterly deceitful is this one who came to kill, steal and destroy.
These are the same Israelites who the Lord rescued from the hand of the Pharaoh, a tool of satan, and called unto Himself with glorious promises, hope, and a future. They have accepted the lie of the enemy and remember Egypt this way: “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death (Exodus 16:2).”
8 Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. 9 “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. 10 Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.” 11 So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. 12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites 13 and worked them ruthlessly. 14 They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly. 15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, 16 “When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.”
Yep! That was some fine time they were having in Egypt! The Israelites were slaves who were dealt with shrewdly, ruthlessly, oppressed, held in force labor for Pharaoh’s prosperity and who then rewarded the Israelites by killing their babies. Yep! Some fine time!
Sometimes when we are going through the fires and pressures of life, the enemy will invite us to look back and believe a lie as well. He will shrewdly invite us back into his kingdom of darkness, oppression, and bondage as his plan is to devour us. He knows he cannot destroy our relationship with Christ but always know that he is willing to settle for our broken fellowship with Christ, broken fellowship with the brethen, hopelessness, lost of freedom, joy, peace, and true satisfaction in Christ. Why? Because he knows it breaks the heart of our Lord and Savior who so loved us that He gave His life that we would receive these gifts from the Father. The enemy works to give us short term memory do we won’t walk by faith. The Lord has declared that without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).
Always know (more Truth):
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” 2 Peter 1:30
“And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore you, secure you, strengthen you, and establish you.”
1 Peter 5:10
“So if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11
“And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
“He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32
“He [the devil] was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.
I [Jesus] have come that they may have life, and have it in all its fullness.” John 10:10