Taberah The Fire of Jehovah Numbers Ch 11-Repost The Lord Put THis Word On My Heart

Taberah The Fire of Jehovah Numbers Ch 11

This word is fitting to be read and after taking Holy Communion. The word cuts like a knife, a word of conviction. I will write what the word says , commentaries, Hebrew, and I will give what the lord gave me. I was convicted by this word, I am a sinner saved by grace, but we must keep going forward no matter what.

Num 11:1 And the people were as murmurers, speaking evil in the ears of Jehovah: and when Jehovah heard it, his anger was kindled; and the fire of Jehovah burnt among them, and devoured in the uttermost part of the camp.

Num 11:2 And the people cried unto Moses; and Moses prayed unto Jehovah, and the fire abated.

Num 11:3 And the name of that place was called Taberah, because the fire of Jehovah burnt among them.


Numbers 11:3

And he called the name of the place Taberah,.... That is, "burning": Moses called it so; or it may be rendered impersonally, it was called (s) so in later times by the people:

because the fire of the Lord burnt among them; to perpetuate the, memory of this kind of punishment for their sins, that it might be a terror and warning to others; and this history is indeed recorded for our caution in these last days, that we murmur not as these Israelites did, and were destroyed of the destroyer, 1Co_10:10.

(s) ויקרא "et vocatum est", Tigurine version, Fagius, Piscator.

1Co 10:10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them murmured, and perished by the destroyer.

1Co 10:11 Now these things happened unto them by way of example; and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages are come.

In the uttermost parts - Rather, in the end. The fire did not reach far into the camp. It was quickly quenched at the intercession of Moses.





From H1197; burning; Taberah, a place in the Desert: - Taberah.

a place in the wilderness of Paran

Deu 9:22 And at Taberah, and at Massah, and at Kibroth-hattaavah, ye provoked Jehovah to wrath.


Numbers 11:1-3

Here is, I. The people's sin. They complained, Num_11:1. They were, as it were, complainers. So it is in the margin. There were some secret grudgings and discontents among them, which as yet did not break out in an open mutiny. But how great a matter did this little fire kindle! They had received from God excellent laws and ordinances, and yet no sooner had they departed from the mount of the Lord than they began to quarrel with God himself. See in this,

1. The sinfulness of sin, which takes occasion from the commandment to be the more provoking.

2. The weakness of the law through the flesh, Rom_8:3. The law discovered sin, but could not destroy it; checked it, but could not conquer it. They complained. Interpreters enquire what they complained of; and truly, when they were furnished with so much matter for thanksgiving, one may justly wonder where they found any matter for complaint; it is probable that those who complained did not all agree in the cause. Some perhaps complained that they were removed from Mount Sinai, where they had been at rest so long, others that they did not remove sooner: some complained of the weather, others of the ways: some perhaps thought three days' journey was too long a march, others thought it not long enough, because it did not bring them into Canaan.

When we consider how their camp was guided, guarded, graced, what good victuals they had and good company, and what care was taken of them in their marches that their feet should not swell nor their clothes wear (Deu_8:4), we may ask, “What could have been done more for a people to make them easy?” And yet they complained. Note, Those that are of a fretful discontented spirit will always find something or other to quarrel with, though the circumstances of their outward condition be ever so favorable.

II. God's just resentment of the affront given to him by this sin: The Lord heard it, though it does not appear that Moses did. Note, God is acquainted with the secret frettings and murmurings of the heart, though they are industriously concealed from men. What he took notice of his was much displeased with, and his anger was kindled. Note, Though God graciously gives us leave to complain to him when there is cause (Psa_142:2), yet he is justly provoked, and takes it very ill, if we complain of him when there is no cause: such conduct in our inferiors provokes us.

III. The judgment wherewith God chastised them for this sin: The fire of the Lord burnt among them, such flashes of fire from the cloud as had consumed Nadab and Abihu. The fire of their wrath against God burned in their minds (Psa_39:3), and justly does the fire of God's wrath fasten upon their bodies. We read of their murmurings several times, when they came first out of Egypt, Ex. 15, 16, and 17. But we do not read of any plagues inflicted on them for their murmurings, as there were now; for now they had had great experience of God's care of them, and therefore now to distrust him was so much the more inexcusable. Now a fire was kindled against Jacob (Psa_78:21), but, to show how unwilling God was to contend with them, it fastened on those only that were in the uttermost parts of the camp. Thus God's judgments came upon them gradually, that they might take warning.

IV. Their cry to Moses, who was their tried intercessor, Num_11:2. When he slew them, then they sought him, and made their application to Moses to stand their friend. Note, 1. When we complain without cause, it is just with God to give us cause to complain. 2. Those that slight God's friends when they are in prosperity would be glad to make them their friends when they are in distress. Father Abraham, send Lazarus.

V. The prevalency of Moses's intercession for them: When Moses prayed unto the Lord (he was always ready to stand in the gap to turn away the wrath of God) God had respect to him and his offering, and the fire was quenched. By this it appears that God delights not in punishing, for, when he has begun his controversy, he is soon prevailed with to let it fall. Moses was one of those worthies who by faith quenched the violence of fire.

    A new name given hereupon to the place, to perpetuate the shame of a murmuring people and the honor of a righteous God; the place was called Taberah, a burning (Num_11:3), that others might hear, and fear, and take warning not to sin as they did, lest they should smart as they did, 1Co_10:10.

Heb 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Heb 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

Beloved this is very serious, it is a call not to mummer.

The fire of Taberah should not be the fire that consumes you. It is so serious you can lose your salvation, as we read in Hebrews they did not enter to the lords rest, they never took the promise land, the older generation died in the wilderness while the younger ones entered in under Joshua's leadership. The bible is filled with hope, promise, good news, it also is a convector of every hidden thought , sin, and murmuring that is done towards the lord himself, as King David said, 'Against thee alone have I sinned' We sin against the lord himself when we sin. It may be directed at a person, but the truth is we sin against the lord almighty, that is a somber truth.

1Co 10:11 Now these things happened unto them by way of example; and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages are come.

I pray you understand this, it is an essential truth, The bible does not glamorize the leaders, we read of all their sins,and mistakes, we are to learn from the O.T. Saints sin and modern day apostasy, it will not pass by our lord with a wink, but holy fire. I ask what fire are you in, the holy or the profain, think on this