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2022/5/18 Seeing the Snare—Take a Long, Hard Look at Murmuring and Complaining!

Ron Sawka Ministries

May 18, 2022; Iyar 17, 5782

“So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived” (Num. 21:9).

“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you” (Eph. 4:30–31).

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Prov. 18:21).

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Seeing the Snare—Take a Long, Hard Look at Murmuring and Complaining!

One of the focal points this Hebrew month, Iyar, is that we will see (and hopefully avoid) the snares. One of the major snares we all face is murmuring and complaining. Why is it important to not murmur and complain? Because murmuring/complaining grieves the Holy Spirit. It causes Him to withdraw from us.

We are in a time when God is pouring out the Holy Spirit on us in a new and powerful way. He wants us to talk about His goodness and miracles. The more we do so, the more they are activated, because as someone said, “God’s promises are voice activated.” If we talk about those promises, then He puts us in position to help them happen.

Murmuring and complaining is a trap and strategy of Satan, which if we fall into, will “short circuit” miracles and signs and wonders, and the blessings of God.

In Numbers 21 the Israelites began to murmur and complain—again. They didn’t like the wilderness—they didn’t like the scarcity of water—they hated the manna, saying, “Our soul loathes this worthless bread” (Num. 21:5). The Lord was displeased and sent fiery (poisonous) snakes. Many were bitten and many died. So that would be Lesson 1—Murmuring/complaining invites demons and the spirit of death. It may not be physical death, but it surely saps faith, hope, and love and replaces it with gloom, discouragement, and unbelief. Instead of blessing and miracles, all kinds of evil working is released.

The Israelites went to Moses, who then prayed for a solution. God told him to make a bronze likeness of that snake and raise it on a pole. If anyone needed healing, they could come and look at it and be healed. We read, “And so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived” (Num. 21:9).

Why a bronze snake? Why look carefully at what made me sick?

I have read this passage many times, but recently the obvious reason just jumped out at me. They had to look at the image of the very thing that bit them so they could see how ugly it really was and see that they themselves had caused it to happen by their complaining. It’s like God was saying, “If you want to be healed, you first have to look at and acknowledge what you and your murmuring/complaining released—a poisonous snake.”

Maybe we can sum all of this up in this way:

  1. God longs to do miracles and signs and wonders for us and through us.

  2. We can activate those things by talking about His goodness and power.

  3. But when we murmur and complain, we instead release death and evil working.

  4. In order to overcome, we must take a long, hard look at the power of the tongue and repent/take responsibility for any negativity. We must see that it is we ourselves who are cause for the “poison” before we can receive any help or healing from the Lord.

  5. When we do repent, the Lord releases healing and life (victory over murmuring).

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Iyar—The Second Hebrew Month of 5782, May 2 – 30, 2022

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