When the people complained, God burned them to death
God burned the complainers alive. That'll teach them!
What the Bible says about burning people to death
To kill or not to kill
Dwindling in Unbelief: God's 18th killing
Drunk With Blood: 18. When the people complained,
God burned them to death
(11:1) "When the people complained, it displeased the Lord: and the Lord heard it (He had his hearing aid on)
and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them."
The people begin to whine about not having any meat. So God says he'll
give them meat, alright. He'll give them "flesh to eat," not for just a few days, but "for a whole
month, until it come out of [their] nostrils, and it be loathsome to [them]." Yuck.
(11:4) "Who shall give us flesh to eat?"
The People Demand Meat
And when the people
complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it;
and his anger was kindled; and
the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in
the uttermost parts of the camp.
And the people cried unto Moses; and when Moses prayed unto the LORD, the
fire was quenched.
And he called the name of the place Taberah: because the fire of the LORD
burnt among them.
And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the
children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us
flesh to eat?
We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and
the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick:
But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this
manna, before our eyes.
And the manna was as coriander seed, and the colour thereof as the colour
And the people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or
beat it in a mortar, and baked it in pans, and made cakes of it: and the
taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil.
And when the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell upon it.||
Then Moses heard the people weep throughout their families, every man in
the door of his tent: and the anger of the LORD was kindled greatly; Moses
also was displeased.||
And Moses said unto the LORD, Wherefore hast thou afflicted thy servant?
and wherefore have I not found favour in thy sight, that thou layest the
burden of all this people upon me?||
Have I conceived all this people? have I begotten them, that thou
shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom,
as a nursing father beareth
the sucking child, unto the land which thou swarest unto their fathers?||
(11:12) Nursing fathers|
"As a nursing father beareth the suckling child...."
Whence should I have flesh to give unto all this people? for they weep
unto me, saying, Give us flesh, that we may eat.||
I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for
And if thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray thee, out of hand, if I
have found favour in thy sight; and let me not see my wretchedness.||
And the LORD said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of
Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over
them; and bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may
stand there with thee.||
And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the
spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear
the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone.||
And say thou unto the people, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow, and
ye shall eat flesh: for ye have wept in the ears of the LORD, saying, Who
shall give us flesh to eat? for it was well with us in Egypt: therefore the
LORD will give you flesh, and ye shall eat.||
Ye shall not eat one
day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days;||
(11:19) "Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days;"
(11:20) "But even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you."
But even a whole
month, until it
come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you:
because that ye have despised
the LORD which is among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we
forth out of Egypt?
And Moses said, The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand
footmen; and thou hast said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a
Shall the flocks and the herds be slain for them, to suffice them? or
shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice
And the LORD said unto Moses, Is the LORD's hand waxed short?
see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.||
(11:23) "And the LORD said unto Moses, Is the LORD's hand waxed short?"|
When Moses doubts that God can feed his 600,000 soldiers and their families, God says to him,
"Has my hand gotten shorter lately?"
Can God to anything?
And Moses went out, and told the people the words of the LORD, and
gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round
about the tabernacle.
And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the
spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came
to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did
But there remained two of the men in the camp, the name of the one was
Eldad, and the name of the other Medad: and the spirit rested upon them; and
they were of them that were written, but went not out unto the tabernacle:
and they prophesied in the camp.||
And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do
prophesy in the camp.||
And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his young men,
answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them.||
"There went forth a wind from the LORD, and brought quails from the sea ... a day's journey
on this side ... a day's journey on the other side ... two cubits high upon the face of the earth."
God sent quails to feed his people until they were "two cubits [about a meter] high upon the face of
the earth." Taking the "face of the earth" to be a circle with a
radius of say 30 kilometers (an approximate day's journey), this would amount to
3 trillion (3x1012) liters of quails. At 2 quails per liter, this
would provide a couple million quails for each of several million people.
Although this story is obviously exaggerated, it may have grown from a grain of truth. Common Quail
(Cotumix cotumix) migrate twice a year between Africa and Eurasia,
and occasional storm-induced "fallout" could make quail appear to rain from the sky.
(11:33) "And while the flesh [of the
quails] was yet between their teeth ... the wrath of the Lord
was kindled against the people, and the Lord smote the people with a very great plague."
God's 17th Killing
And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the
LORD's people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon
And Moses gat him into the camp, he and the elders of Israel.
And there went forth a
wind from the LORD, and brought quails from the sea, and let them fall by
the camp, as it were a day's journey on this side, and as it were a day's
journey on the other side, round about the camp, and as it were two cubits
high upon the face of the earth.
And the people stood up all that day, and all that night, and all the next
day, and they gathered the quails: he that gathered least gathered ten
homers: and they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp.
And while the flesh
was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was
kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very
And he called the name of that place Kibrothhattaavah: because there they
buried the people that lusted.
And the people journeyed from Kibrothhattaavah unto Hazeroth; and abode at