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Thou Shalt Not Follow a Multitude To Do Evil

"And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that was men, beside children. And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle." Exodus 12:37-38

Multitude means a large number of persons or things; like a crowd. It also means a state of confusion, acting or thinking in a confused way. It was a mixed multitude, or a crowd of confused people, that came out of Egypt with the children of Israel and went with them into the wilderness.

"And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes." Numbers 11:4-6

The mixed multitude fell a lusting. The confused crowd, or the mixed multitude, were not content with plain Manna (the Word of God). They wanted the food of Egypt. They wanted something exciting. Their mouth started watering over the thought of cucumbers, fish, melons, and spices; and they wanted their desires met. The children of Israel heard the desires of the confused crowd , and began crying for the same things.

Since they weren't satisfied with the Manna, The Word of God had dried up in their soul. It says that Manna tasted like fresh oil. Fresh oil has a very pleasant taste.

"O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him." Psalm 34:8

God's Word should taste good. Has the multitude convinced you that the food of Egypt tastes better? Look at what they were lusting for: fish stinks, cucumbers stink, onions and garlic stink. Have the T.V., radio, magazines, newspapers, and the Internet become your food for the day? Are you getting up early to partake of the Manna? Or is the sun (the work day) melting your Manna? Where is your time being spent?

"Now it came to pass, when they had heard the law, that they separated from Israel all the mixed multitude." Nehemiah 13:3

When you're around the mixed multitude, they will only hurt you and your relationship with the Lord. Their minds are on the things of Egypt, more than the things of God. Hear the law, and separate yourself from the multitude.

"Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:" Exodus 23:2

Don't follow the multitude to do evil, turn your heart to God. Listen to His still, small voice. Don't listen to the loud noise of the multitude. Spend time each day in His Word. Get up early and collect your Manna for the day. Don't let the Word of God dry up in your soul.

"Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision." Joel 3:14

Don't be joined in with the multitudes, deciding which food you're going to eat for the day. The day of the Lord is very close. Will He find you undecided, thinking with a mixed mind? When He comes, will your mind be on the leeks and the onions (food of Egypt) or the Manna (the Word of God)?

Come out of your valley. Let your soul be refreshed, partake of the Manna and drink of the living water of God that will never let your soul dry up.   Keith Huff - Elder

"Submit yourself therefore unto God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded." James 4:7-8

As Christians it is up to us to make a stand. We can't sit back and think God will take care of our problems. We have to become humble and submit ourselves to God to obtain His help in any of our problems. If we stand up to the devil, self, or any other temptations then they will leave us, but only if we make a stand.

Now a question arises; how do you make a stand? The first step of course is to say "NO" and after that, Ephesians 6 tells us what we need to "KNOW". Verse 10 tells us to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

"Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand. (14) Stand therefore having your loins gird about with truth, and having the breastplate of righteousness: (15) And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace: (16) Above all taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. (17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God: (18) Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. " Eph. 6:13-18

When we have all of the armor on, we can face things and stand against the wiles of the devil, self, or temptations and not be fazed.

God does not come to us until we make the move first. After we move, then He comes to us. He's not going to come to anyone that shows no interest in Him. He will be able to help us with our problems after we go to Him and ask His help.

"Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up." James 4:10

We have to draw nigh to God without lifting ourselves up. Sound confusing? Not really. We have to be humble but close to God for Him to lift us above our problems. But as said earlier we have to continue with our stand in order to stay above our problems.     Tom Spearman - 16

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