This post is the 4th in a series on Numbers 11, read part 1, part 2, part 3
18 "Tell the people: 'Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow, when you will eat meat. The LORD heard you when you wailed, "If only we had meat to eat! We were better off in Egypt!" Now the LORD will give you meat, and you will eat it. 19 You will not eat it for just one day, or two days, or five, ten or twenty days, 20 but for a whole month—until it comes out of your nostrils and you loathe it—because you have rejected the LORD, who is among you, and have wailed before him, saying, "Why did we ever leave Egypt?" ' "
The consequence of the people's sin is going to be that they get what they want until they are sick of it. We tend to think of God's wrath as a lightning bolt striking us down or having secret sin revealed by a word of knowledge. In fact, that would be God's mercy. Stopping us in our tracks and calling out our sin is His loving mercy, allowing us the opportunity to repent and turn back to Him. Romans 1:18-32 talks about God's wrath as "giving us over" to our sin. His wrath is letting us turn our back on Him and having what we want, abusing it and making us sick. We need to ask for His mercy - revealing our sin and helping us to deal with it.