Hey person, haven’t Moses and all those Israelites been hanging around Mt. Sinai a long time? Are they stuck there forever?
He did? My person says that God gave Moses the instructions for building a tabernacle, and they hung around Mt. Sinai while they were building it. And when they got it done the Lord covered it with a cloud, and at night the cloud looked like fire so they could still see it.
Wow! Was that kind of like a bonfire over the tabernacle? Could they roast wieners in it?
I’m listening, person.
Finally, after about a year, the cloud lifted. That was the signal for the Israelites to set out.
So the Israelites broke camp and headed out, but after about three days they started complaining. They were tired of the manna they’d been eating for the last year. They wanted meat.
I guess they’ve got to follow that cloud so they can roast wieners again.
What do you mean that’s not in the story? They wouldn’t be whining if they could roast wieners.
Okay, I’ll listen.
God got angry with the people for complaining, and Moses was totally frustrated. Moses told God he didn’t want to put up with the whiners anymore. They wanted meat and he couldn’t give it to them.
So God told Moses to tell the people to get ready to eat meat, because he was going to give them meat for a whole month – so much meat that they would get sick of it.
I would never get sick of meat. Can I go where all that meat is?
Oh, it was a long time ago? Can you give me some meat then?
I am listening. But I could listen better if I had some meat to chew on.
Moses couldn’t see how there would be enough meat for all those people for a month, but God assured him that He could do it. He sent a wind to drive quail in from the sea and it brought quail down all around the camp to about three feet above the ground. There were quail as far as a day’s walk in any direction.
But the Lord’s anger burned against the people who had complained and He struck them down with a severe plague.
Hey person, that plague sounds nasty. I wasn’t complaining about meat. I only asked nicely. But I’m perfectly happy with my dog food.
But you could give me some meat if you feel like it.