“The Burden is Too Heavy” (Numbers 11:1-35)

The biggest problem facing the church is hypocrisy. We saw last week how our local gatherings can so easily be infected. People ‘profess to know God, but they deny Him by their works,’ (Titus 1:16). Yes, we may say that we love God and believe in Jesus. But our actions say the opposite. We can be “Christians” who are loose with the truth, whose lives are ungodly, and who are always out for what we can get.

One way that our hypocrisy shows is when we grumble. But grumbling is one of those respectable sins. No one ever pulls us up on it. And anyway, when we grumble, it’s because we’re right!

Jesus says, “The mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” (Luke 6:45). That’s God’s truth: You never say something you don’t mean! <PAUSE> So, what does grumbling say our hearts are full of?

Grumbling says, “I care more about my will than God’s will. My plans are better than His. My ways are better than His ways. We would all be better off if I was in charge, not God.” So, we need God’s Word and God’s grace to:

  1. Assess Our Grumbling (v1-15)
  2. Receive God’s Grace (v16-30)
  3. Fear God’s Judgement (v31-35)

Sunday 17th November 2019

Review questions:

  • What does grumbling say I believe (v1-6)?
  • Grumbling s__________________ like infection (v10)
  • We should look ___________________________ (v5)
  • Take your complaints to ________________ (v11)
  • ___________________ carries the church (v11, Exodus 19:4)
  • What does God promise (v18-20)?
  • God surrounds Moses with _______________-filled _________________________ (v16-17, 24-25)
  • The sin was ________________________ (v34)
  • My real religion is what I d_________________ with my heart (1 Corinthians 10:6, 14).
  • God tested Israel’s h_____________ & o__________________________ (Deuteronomy 8:2)
  • Jesus always ____________________________ the Father (Matthew 4:4, John 4:34; 6:38)
  • Jesus is the _____________of _________________ who gives ______________________ (John 6:35)
  • A question I have:
  • A truth to share:
  • Something to pray about:
  • How I will change:


Published by Stephen McDonald

Christian, preacher, broadcaster

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