Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Numbers Chapter 11
Metaphysically Interpreting Numbers 11:1-15
11:1And 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. 11:2And the people cried unto Moses; and Moses prayed unto Jehovah, and the fire abated. 11:3And the name of that place was called Taberah, because the fire of Jehovah burnt among them.
11:4And the mixed multitude that was among them lusted exceedingly: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? 11:5We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt for nought; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic: 11:6but now our soul is dried away; there is nothing at all save this manna to look upon.
11:7And the manna was like coriander seed, and the appearance thereof as the appearance of bdellium. 11:8The people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in mortars, and boiled it in pots, and made cakes of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil. 11:9And when the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell upon it.
11:10And Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, every man at the door of his tent: and the anger of Jehovah was kindled greatly; and Moses was displeased. 11:11And Moses said unto Jehovah, Wherefore hast thou dealt ill with thy servant? and wherefore have I not found favor in thy sight, that thou layest the burden of all this people upon me? 11:12Have I conceived all this people? have I brought them forth, that thou shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing-father carrieth the sucking child, unto the land which thou swarest unto their fathers? 11:13Whence should I have flesh to give unto all this people? for they weep unto me, saying, Give us flesh, that we may eat. 11:14I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me. 11:15And if thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray thee, out of hand, if I have found favor in thy sight; and let me not see my wretchedness.
Metaphysically Interpreting Numbers 11:16-30
11:16And Jehovah 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 tent of meeting, that they may stand there with thee. 11:17And 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. 11:18And say thou unto the people, Sanctify yourselves against to-morrow, and ye shall eat flesh; for ye have wept in the ears of Jehovah, saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? for it was well with us in Egypt: therefore Jehovah will give you flesh, and ye shall eat. 11:19Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days, 11:20but a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you; because that ye have rejected Jehovah who is among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt? 11:21And 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 whole month. 11:22Shall flocks and herds be slain for them, to suffice them? or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice them? 11:23And Jehovah said unto Moses, Is Jehovah's hand waxed short? now shalt thou see whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.
11:24And Moses went out, and told the people the words of Jehovah: and he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the Tent. 11:25And Jehovah came down in the cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the Spirit that was upon him, and put it upon the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the Spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, but they did so no more.
11:26But there remained two 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 had not gone out unto the Tent; and they prophesied in the camp. 11:27And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp. 11:28And Joshua the son of Nun, the minister of Moses, one of his chosen men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them. 11:29And Moses said unto him, Art thou jealous for my sake? would that all Jehovah's people were prophets, that Jehovah would put his Spirit upon them! 11:30And Moses gat him into the camp, he and the elders of Israel.
November 29, 1925: Numbers 11:16-24,31-34
What should we be thankful for, above all else? We should be thankful, above all else, that we understand the Truth as taught and demonstrated by Jesus Christ.
What does Jesus Christ teach as the one great harmonizer, peace-giver, health-giver? Jesus Christ teaches that love, in its universal application, will harmonize and give peace, health and happiness to the world.
Does God’s protecting love, as taught by Jesus, include animals? God is love. God is the universal principle that gives and harmonizes life and substance in all its forms. Jesus said: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (A.V.). It is written in Isaiah,
“And the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of Jehovah, as the waters cover the sea.”
What kind of food did God intend man to eat? The kind of food that God designated is clearly stated in Genesis 1:29:
“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food and to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the heavens, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for food: and it was so.”
When did man depart from his original vegetarian diet and acquire the habit of eating flesh? When man fell into sense consciousness (Egypt) he acquired the habit of eating flesh. However, when the sons of Jacob descended into Egypt to buy food, they went to buy corn. It is taught in the books of Moses that Jehovah God is striving to get the Children of Israel out of Egypt into the Promised Land, out of darkness into light. On the journey from sense (Egypt), to Spirit (Promised Land), the habits of sense assert themselves and man longs for the fleshpots of Egypt. This lapse in consciousness is allegorically set forth in Numbers 11:18:
“And say thou unto the people. Sanctify yourselves against to-morrow, and ye shall eat flesh; for ye have wept in the ears of Jehovah, saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? for it was well with us in Egypt, therefore Jehovah will give you flesh, and ye shall eat.”
Does the Bible tell of the good results of a vegetarian diet? Yes. We read in Daniel 1:11-15, “Then said Daniel to the steward whom the prince of the eunuchs had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink. Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the youths that eat of the king’s dainties: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants. So he hearkened unto them in this matter, and proved them ten days. And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer, and they were fatter in flesh, than all the youths that did eat of the king's dainties.”
Metaphysically Interpreting Numbers 11:31-35
11:31And there went forth a wind from Jehovah, and brought quails from the sea, and let them fall by the camp, about a day's journey on this side, and a day's journey on the other side, round about the camp, and about two cubits above the face of the earth. 11:32And the people rose up all that day, and all the night, and all the next day, and gathered the quails: he that gathered least gathered ten homers: and they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp. 11:33While the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the anger of Jehovah was kindled against the people, and Jehovah smote the people with a very great plague. 11:34And the name of that place was called Kibrothhattaavah, because there they buried the people that lusted.11:35From Kibrothhattaavah the people journeyed unto Hazeroth; and they abode at Hazeroth.
Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 02-02-2014