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The Mind of Man

Old Testament

A Sermon on Numbers 11:4-6

Now the rabble that was among them had a strong craving. And the people of Israel also wept again and said, “Oh that we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. But now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.” (ESV)

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How has sin affected man and his reasoning? Many scorn the ideas of God, Jesus, and the need for salvation. The say that no rational person can possibly be a Christian. But in this sermon on Numbers 11:4-6, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows that Scripture has a very different idea of what it means to be reasonable. After the people of Israel are set free from bondage in Egypt, they quickly begin complaining that they do not have the food and comfort that they had while they were slaves. This is wholly irrational, but it serves to show that we are fallen, and sin has affected our minds and hearts. It is rational to believe that God has sent Jesus into the world and died, but we are blinded to this truth until God graciously opens our eyes to see Him and believe Him. Man’s essential problem is that he is fallen and blinded by sin and immorality. Fallen man is a slave to sin until Jesus Christ overcomes his sinful heart and makes him new. Do you scorn the idea of Jesus Christ? Or do you believe that God has sent his Son to save sinners? There is no more vital question we can ask ourselves.

Additional Scripture Translations

Numbers 11:4-6, New American Standard Bible

4Now the rabble who were among them had greedy cravings; and the sons of Israel also wept again and said, “Who will give us meat to eat? 5We remember the fish which we used to eat for free in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; 6but now our appetite is gone. There is nothing at all to look at except this manna!”

Numbers 11:4-6, King James Version

4¶ 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? 5We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: 6But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.