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So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, "In the evening you will know that it was the LORD who brought you out of
, and in the morning you will see the glory of the LORD, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we, that you should grumble against us?" Moses also said, "You will know that it was the LORD when he gives you meat to eat in the evening and all the bread you want in the morning, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we? You are not grumbling against us, but against the LORD." - Exodus 16:6-8 Egypt
// Moses and Aaron do not feel that they are worthy of being the subject of protest - of Israel's grumbling. If the Lord's people grumble, it ought not to be against them, mere men, but rather against the Lord. It is because they grumble that their Lord will reveal his glory. They will see, because they grumble against him.
WhatÂs more is that the grumbling is physical as much as it is ideologically. Their Lord freed them from
"How dare they grumble against God?" someone might ask. "Does that not rob him of his glory?"
But grumbling against God is evidently affirmed here. They were right in their grumbling (wrong in their disobedience that followed). Moses even affirms it. He says it is better they grumble against their God than man. Aaron and Moses appear to consider it degrading of their Lord's honour that they as mere men be the victim of Israel's grumbling - a grumbling that is the product of those who have reconciled themselves with their need for food in their desire for life. Thus, they grumble against their Lord as their stomachs grumble against him. There grumbling against God is motivated by a desire for life. There appears to be nothing wrong here with that.
In this context, Romans 13:1-7 becomes interesting and may have a different hue of light shed upon it in lieu of the previous passage.
Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong.The usual mantra that I've been exposed to by those who identify 60's rebellism in today's pop culture, conclude that the system will only be replaced by another system. The rebel will only birth a new system by their rebellion against the system. Whether it is the Glorious Revolution of England or the French Revolution, there's a sense that rebels usually end up establishing a new system that is only as tyrannical if not more than the one before. While I'm interested in identifying the exceptions to that rule, it would seem in this passage that for a system to exist it must necessarily require God's blessing.
That "rulers hold no terror for those who do right" appears compatible with the passage from Exodus where Aaron and Moses say "Who are we, that you should grumble against us?" Their institution as leaders, would be futile and a disgrace to their God for the Israelites to challenge. If you feel (or more strongly know) you are in the right and blameless in God's sight, the message appears to be - take the protest to God not man.
"What does it mean to speak? The current view declares that speech is the activiation of the organs for sounding and hearing. Speech is the audible expression and communication of human feelings. These feelings are accompanied by thoughts. In such a characterization of language three points are taken for granted:
When something is threatened, it withdraws into itself. Dread, above all things, makes us draw into ourselves, makes us pale and lonely. Dread is vague; unlike fear it has no single clear-cut object. Its fog is all the more crippling for that; it can be so dense, so full of horror, that the ego sinks helplessly away. And it draws back into an inwardness devoid of ego, a lonely, contact-less realm, where all one expects is the next blow.
The man possessed by fear, however, still possess himself. There is an external object htere, against which he can pluck up courage. With his ego still (unlike with dread) undissipated, he is still able at least to assert ihmself against it, however down-trodden or weak-kneed he might be. And from fear can come murmuring: the sound which first distinguishes a man from the blinkered herd.
Ernst Bloch from Atheism in Christianity
20For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.
26Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Who dares? for I would hear that curse again.
Ha, what an awful whisper rises up!
'Tis scarce like sound: it tingles through the frame
As lightning tingles, hovering ere it strike.
Speak, Spirit! from thine inorganic voice [1.135]
I only know that thou art moving near
And love. How cursed I him?