Here at the Round Table, we have shown a propensity to discuss current affairs in light of their historical, as well as biblical, context. This passage from our brother in Christ, the Apostle Paul, is especially edifying because it identifies for us that he too looked backward to see forward.
For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered over the desert.
Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: "The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in pagan revelry." We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. We should not test the Lord, as some of them did—and were killed by snakes. And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel.
These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come. So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
1 Corinthians 10:1-13
There is a lot of grumbling going on in our world today, and a lot of it by (well-meaning?) Christians. Even more so, we are listening to and adopting the grumbling of non-believers, and in so doing are courting the Midianite woman. The Humble Apostle reminds us that Our Lord Jesus was, is, and will be the fulfillment of the ages...can we grumble against the times and honor Him at the same time?
Sir Chuck, the Guilty Grumbler