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And the LORD said to Moses, “Put back the staff of Aaron before the testimony, to be kept as a sign for the rebels, that you may make an end of their grumblings against me, lest they die.” Thus did Moses; as the LORD commanded him, so he did. (Numbers 17:10-11 ESV)

Jeremiah Burroughs had another good word for me on “murmuring" and open rebellion, not necessarily 2 sins that I put together.

mur·mur·ing Noun /ˈmərməriNG: A subdued or private expression of discontent or dissatisfaction

reb·el Noun /ˈrebəl: A person who rises in opposition or armed resistance against an established government or ruler

Complaining and murmuring can be such a subtle heart issue even when we’re actively voicing it and we definitely don’t put discontentment in the category of rebellion but that is exactly what Burroughs calls us out on referencing Numbers 16 and 17.

Murmuring is but as the smoke of the fire: there is first a smoke and smouldering before the flame breaks forth; and so before open rebellion in a kingdom there is first a smoke of murmuring, and then it breaks forth into open rebellion. But because it has the seeds of rebellion, it is accounted before the Lord to be rebellion. Will you be a rebel against God? When you feel your heart discontented and murmuring against the dispensation of God towards you, you should check it thus: Oh, you wretched heart! What, will you be a rebel against God? Will you rise in rebellion against the infinite God? Yet you have done so. Charge your heart with this sin of rebellion. – Jeremiah Burroughs (Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment)

The battle to be content in God and in what He has for us is no easy one but we should be well warned against where discontentment leads.

Many of you may say, I never thought that I was a rebel against God before, I thought that I had many infirmities, but now I see the Scripture speaks of sin in a different way than men do, the Scripture makes men, though only murmurers, to be rebels against God. Oh, this rebellious heart that I have against the Lord, which has manifested itself in this way of murmuring against the Lord!

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