Summary: The Lord provides for us in spite of our complaining!
Murmuring and Manna
I. The Murmuring of the Crowd - v. 41-43
A. The rumbling of the crowd - v. 41
Grumbling, griping, and guttersniping!
"murmur" - def. = to murmur, mutter, grumble, say anything against in a low tone
a. of the cooing of doves
b. of those who confer secretly together
c. of those who discontentedly complain
They were criticizing His background and credentials - v. 42
A prophet is not without honor....and not everything is as it seems!
Illustration: "Spurgeon’s eggs"
God alone knows the heart. One of the most famous preachers of the 1800’s was Charles Spurgeon. He was Queen Victoria’s favorite preacher, and he was a Baptist. Spurgeon and his wife had a practice of selling, but refusing to give away, the eggs their chickens laid. Even close relatives were told, "If you want them, you have to pay for them."
Since he had a huge church and a salary to match, some people labeled the Spurgeons as greedy. Sort of like how television evangelists are labeled today. The Spurgeons accepted the criticisms without defending themselves.
It was only after Mrs. Spurgeon died that the whole story was revealed: All the profits from the sale of eggs went to support two elderly widows.
B. The wrongness of their view - v. 42
Note - they thought they knew who He was!
• They thought they knew His parents
• They thought they knew where He was from
• They thought they knew He was like one of them
The biggest mistake people made then - like people today -
is that they think they know who Jesus is and what He’s like....
• They think they know that He’s angry at them
• They think they know that He’s hard to talk to
• They think they know that He won’t answer prayer
It’s like criticizing someone or something you know nothing about...
Illustration: "The Owl"
Two men stopped before a window in which an owl was on display. They immediately began to criticize the way it was mounted. Its eyes were not natural; its wings were not in proportion with its head; its feathers were not neatly arranged; and its feet could be improved. When they had finished with their criticism, the old owl turned his head ... and winked at them.
Quote: It is much easier to be critical than to be correct. - Disraeli
It’s vitally important to see God as He is; not as we think He is!
C. The rebuke of the Lord - v. 43
The Lord admonished them, "Do not murmur among yourselves"
Paul repeats this admonishment to the Philippians:
Phil. 2:14-15 - Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
II. The Magnetism of the Father - v. 44-47
A. The Father draws and calls people to Christ - v. 44
You were not predetermined to come to Christ - but you cannot come to Christ without the Father’s enabling!
Coming to Christ requires a decision on your part
It also requires an act of God’s will - to draw you to Christ
C. The Father enlightens people to their need for Christ - v. 45
The first part of this verse is a reference to Isaiah 54:13 - And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
This is a prophecy of the millennial period, and would have been fulfilled if the Jewish people had accepted Christ as their Messiah.
Instead, they rejected Him, and this prophecy is still unfulfilled.
The second half of the verse refers to those who have been drawn to Christ by the Father ("Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.").
This idea is reiterated in other passages, such as John 5:24 - Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
It means that those who listen to - and obey - the Father’s direction come to Christ. Those who do not listen - reject Christ.
What about you? Are you listening to what God is saying to you?
III. The Manna of the Lord - v. 48-51
A. This incident parallels that of Exodus 16 -
Ex. 16:1-15 - (Read text)
Notice that the people of Israel are complaining about God and His provision. They are not trusting in Him.
They want provision as the world provides it - as it was in Egypt.