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Graves of Craving
by Wayne Blank
"he called the name of that place Kibrothhattaavah: because there they buried the people that lusted"
They had just rebelled at Taberah (Numbers 11:1-3), to which The Lord responded with fire upon them, but they again complained, this time because they were growing tired of eating the manna that The Lord was miraculously providing for them.
"And the mixed 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 garlic: But now our soul is dried away [see Where Is Your Soul?]: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes. And the manna was as coriander seed, and the colour thereof as the colour of bdellium. And the people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in a mortar, and baked it in pans, and made cakes of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil. And when the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell upon it." (Numbers 11:4-9 KJV)
The Lord responded to their demands with a "taste" of His wrath.
"And say thou unto the people, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow, and ye shall eat flesh: for ye have wept in the ears of The Lord [see YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD], saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? for it was well with us in Egypt: therefore The Lord will give you flesh, and ye shall eat. Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days; But even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you: because that ye have despised The Lord which is among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt?"
Fact Finder: Why did the Israelites' journey from Egypt to the land of Israel take forty years?