Good Old Days?

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Good Old Days? 1 October 2007

Have you noticed how people often idealize the past, even though it may have been full of hardship? They seem to want to cling to their good old days and ways that in reality may have been far from good for them.

Obviously, this has been going on for thousands of years. I was reading in the Book of Exodus of the Bible about the grumbling of the Israelites who were led out of Egypt where they had been slaves. They turned against the very ones who had their best interest at heart:

Exodus 16:2-3

2 And the whole congregation of the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness.

3 And the sons of Israel said to them, "Would that we had died by the Lord's hand in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat, when we ate bread to the full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger."
~ New American Standard Bible

In Chapter 17 the people are still complaining:

Exodus 17:1-4

1 Then all the congregation of the sons of Israel journeyed by stages from the wilderness of Sin, according to the command of the LORD, and camped at Rephidim, and there was no water for the people to drink.

2 Therefore the people quarreled with Moses and said, "Give us water that we may drink." And Moses said to them, "Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD?"

3 But the people thirsted there for water; and they grumbled against Moses and said, "Why, now, have you brought us up from Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?"

4 So Moses cried out to the LORD, saying, "What shall I do to this people? A little more and they will stone me."
~ New American Standard Bible

Sometimes people really are their own worst enemies.
 


"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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