Scripture Reflection - This is the first form of complaining coming from the Israelites. They are questioning why they were brought out to the desert to die; asking was it because there were no graves in Egypt. Plus, specifically asking Moses what he had done to bring them out of Egypt. Complaining and questioning Moses for what God had directed him to do – FREE the Israelites!
Current Reflection - It simply wasn’t happening in the way the Isrealites had envisioned. They felt they were going to die in the desert. They asked the question about graves. It can be interpreted in two ways; one was to emphasize their belief they would actually die in the desert and questioned why they couldn’t have just stayed in Egypt to die. Or the second thought is a reference back to Exodus 13:19 19 Moses took the bones of Joseph with him because Joseph had made the Israelites swear an oath. He had said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up with you from this place.” This is still a form of complaining because they are questioning why the bones of Joseph could not have stayed in Egypt. The last bit of complaining is to put the whole situation on Moses’ shoulders saying to him ‘why have you done this to us?’ basically referring to the Israelites having absolutely no responsibility in the situation.
Personal Reflection - As people our tendency is to want to first blame someone else before we look at ourselves to blame. It can’t be our fault, it has to be someone else. We don’t want to take responsibility for the situation because it is not going our way. It is a hard learning lesson to begin to truly look at ourselves and see our part in the situation.
In this blame game, the biggest thing we are doing is not trusting God to work through others to lead us to a better place in our lives. Yet, when the enemy is right on our coat tails the fear is so intense we cannot think clearly. Why? We possibly are new in our walk with God and inexperienced in the mighty things God will do when we trust. Or, if our walk with God has been weakened our immediate reaction is fear and mistrust in the circumstances. Either way, the trust has left us and we begin to complain and want to get back to our comfort zone of familiar surroundings. We want things the way they were, the familiar is always more comfortable.
I have always had the tendency to play the blame game. My first reaction when fear arises, is it have it be someone else’s fault, not mine. It takes lots of practice of being strong enough in my relationship with God to stop long enough to make a rational thought to not blame others. It takes continual practice in this blame game.