I hate I missed the last topic in the sermon series from 1 Corinthians 10:7-10. If you were there you know it was on complaining or grumbling. I really enjoyed the exposition on the first 3 points:
- Do not be idolaters
- We must not indulge in sexual immorality
- We must not put Christ to the test
The fourth admonition was: nor [we must not] grumble.
I was not there to hear Bro. Jason set the context as he is so good at doing but suffice to say these were at least some of the issues Paul was referring to [as an example to the Corinthians]:
- Specifically possibly: Korah’s rebellion and the Israelites’ grumbling against Moses and Aaron (see Num 16:1–17:13).
- And generally: Grumbling against God, despite His continued provision and protection, was typical of the Israelites in the wilderness (Exod 15:22–17:7; Num 11:1–35; 14:1–12, 26–35; Deut 1:27).
This grumbling was against God and / or God’s appointed messenger in such a way that was sinful. It showed a lack of faith and trust in the One True God; a lack of contentment in what God had provided and a sinful desire for more.
That got me to thinking about something that I had learned some time back when I was studying the “one another’s” or the commands that tell us how we should treat one another. There are around 55-60 [give or take] “one another’s” mentioned in the bible.
By my count there are 26 individual positive [do this] and 15 negative [don’t do this] commands. Some are repeated. Love one another is repeated about 16 times. As Bro. Jason often says, if something is repeated, it is probably worth listening to.
Interestingly enough grumbling is the only negative “one another” mentioned twice:
1 Peter 4:9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.
John 6:43 Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves [one to another]
Read all the context of John:
So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. (John 6:41-43 ESV)
Why did the Jews that Jesus was speaking to grumble? Because Jesus said he was the bread of life come down from heaven! John MacArthur says it better than me:
The reaction of the synagogue crowds to Jesus’ statements was the same as the Jews in the wilderness who grumbled against God both before and after the manna was given to them (Ex. 16:2, 8–9; Num. 11:4–6).
Just as the Jews in the wilderness despised the bread [manna] from heaven; so to the Jews in Jesus’ day despised the true Bread from heaven. And their hearts were hardened.
What did Paul tell us happened to the grumblers in 1 Corinthians 10:10? They were destroyed by the destroyer! So what do you think will happen to the heard hearted, unbelieving, grumbling Jews in John 6?
So what is the lesson here? Don’t be a grumbler? Yes, BUT – remember not just as a change of behavior but as a change of heart. Don’t be defined by a discontented, unbelieving, hard heart.
How does one have a heart change? By being born again!
If grumbling defines you:
- Examine yourself by God’s word
- Seek wise counsel from a mature believer
- Make war against the sin of grumbling in your life