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HE SENT LEANNESS

HE SENT LEANNESS

They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel: But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul. Ps. 106:1315

I have long enjoyed reading the one hundredth and sixth chapter of the book of Psalms where David chronicled the Israels past, creating, if you will, his own history book. But I failed to realize the Biblical reason for keeping a record of a Nations or an individuals past. Paul explained that whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning. Rom. 15:4 God wants mankind to learn from our mistakes that we may cease to do evil; learn to do well. Isa. 1:16,17 Here in Psalms 106 we find example after example of things we may cease from doing. One such illustration is found in our text for today. Verse 15 is a startling reminder that though we seek after something with all of our earthly heart, once given this assumed blessing by the hand of God, it might be the very thing that takes us from that oneness walk with the one true God.

Israel had eaten manna until they were sick of it, they could not stand to gather it day after day. Even though they feasted on the food of angles, their human appetite was never satisfied. They began murmuring against the man of God, and against God himself saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? for it was well with us in Egypt. Num. 11:18 They cried against the God of Heaven, the Lord of their salvation, they mocked him saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt? Num. 11:20 Therefore he abhorred them and gave them that which they wanted; but fleshly satisfaction does not come without a price! They ate the flesh of fowl until it came forth from their nostrils, until they could not stand the site of it, but the recompense was not over. They not only suffered physically, but the Lord Jehovah sent leanness into their soul. They could not be content with what the Lord provided, they wanted what they had back in Egypt. In Egypt they might have been slaves. In Egypt they might have been beaten, but at least, they reasoned, they had flesh to eat and wine to drink. But here, in the wilderness, what did they have? Water from rocks and bread that fell as dew from Heaven. Their continual cries came before God and he gave them the desires of their heart. But you see, their heart did not desire the things of God, but what they had back in the land of bondage. However, though they feasted on the lust of their heart, their souls languished on the memories of glory days gone by.

A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight. Pro. 11:1 Gods word declares that if one man increases another must decrease. Jesus ministry could not begin until Johns decreased so much that he died. Therefore the Biblical precedent had been set, the fleshly man cannot increase without the spirit man decreasing. If your flesh feasts . . . your soul must famish. It is a law of God.

In our everyday lives we fight and, by the everlasting mercies of God, we must win this battle of flesh and spirit. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. Gal. 5:17 We are commanded to Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. I John 2:1516 Therefore, let us learn from the mistakes of the past and remember always that though God gave them their request he also sent leanness into their soul..