Read Numbers 21:4-9
It would be very tempting to teach on the fiery serpents or “Look and Live.” However; , I feel a great need to teach on “Satan’s greatest tool-discouragement.”
Some time ago we said that looking around brings discouragement (depression of one’s spirit). We talked about the causes of and remedies for discouragement. We learned how to turn “discouragement and depression” to “delight and direction.” Today I want to address how Satan uses discouragement and how can we defeat it?
Chapter 20 brought the end of the wilderness wanderings. In chapter 21 we see the first victory in their warfare and the 8th and last murmuring. This is the first victory for Israel since the conflict with Amalek back in the first part of the wanderings after leaving Egypt. God clearly gave them the victory, however; they now have to go by way of Mt. Hor near the Red Sea. Since they cannot go through Edom, they have to go in a circle and come in from the East. But, the way is hard. In their plight, they begin to complain.
In verses 4-5 at Mt. Hor Moses had seen his brother Aaron die, and now, all alone, he has to deal with the complaining of the people; yet he was not alone because God was with him.
The people were getting weary of tent life, and of the inconveniences of perpetually moving, but they forgot their many mercies, and the great deliverance, which the Lord had wrought for them. I like what Charles Spurgeon said, “Fretting, groaning, and complaining are very easy, but they are ungrateful, unholy and useless habits. How wretched a thing is discontent? Complaining and discontent is always the same old and cruel slander; but each time there is more sin in it.”