So we start off with the people complaining. Basically, the mixed multitude was sick of eating manna and wanted meat. This got the Israelites all riled up for some meat too which led the Lord to shoot fire out and consume some of the complainers. Moses intercedes for the people and “the fire was quenched”. As a result of all the drama Moses is now asking the Lord to just “please kill me here and now”. God doesn’t kill him. Instead He provided him with 70 men to share the burden of the people. The Lord ends up giving them meat. He is going to give them so much meat “until it comes out of your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you, because you have despised the Lord who is among you”. The Lord was tired of the people longing for what was in Egypt instead of trusting and delighting in Him.
Well next Miriam and Aaron question Moses about his Ethiopian wife. No one really knows if this is Zipporah or if Moses took a second wife but that isn’t the issue. The issue is them questioning Moses’s authority which makes the Lord angry. As a result, Miriam becomes leprous which impacts the entire community. They have to wait 7 days until she is healed before they could journey further.
Lastly we read about the 12 spies, one from each tribe, who spied out the land. 10 out of 12 come back with a bad report and put fear in the hearts and minds of the people. Caleb steps forward telling the people they can overcome and take the land. Tomorrow another spy will step forward with Caleb to tell the people to trust the Lord and take the land. Will the people obey? Keep reading to find out.