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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | September 15, 2018

Be Careful What You Ask For (Psalm 106:15). Dr. Bob Horton

Psalm 106 condenses much of the record of Israel recorded in the Pentateuch and the historical books. It recounts the sinfulness of Israel from the time they left Egypt continuing until they were taken into captivity. It tells of how they complained against God, forgot His mercies to them, rebelled against Him, and adopted the wicked practices of the heathen nations. It declares as well God’s response to them throughout their history of this period before concluding with thankfulness that God did not forget them.

Notice one particular verse in this psalm: “And He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul” (15). In the wilderness the people got tired of manna and cried for the foods they had in Egypt (see Num. 11). God responded and gave them quail, but with the quail came His judgment. They people were where they were supposed to be, having been led there by the immediate presence of God in the pillar of cloud and fire. God provided them all they needed to sustain life with very little labor required on their part. And yet they complained about their situation longing for what they had when they were slaves. So God gave them meat, but they lost His blessing. Shortly after this incident they refuse to enter the promised land (Num. 14). Lack of contentment in the will of God brought death and suffering to all the people.

Let us not be like them remembering instead the instruction of Paul:

“Now godliness with contentment is great gain.

For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content” (1 Tim. 6:6-8).

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