God wants us to take a good look at sin from His vantage point. Whether it’s the coveting of what non-believers seem to enjoy as in the case of the Jews wishing they were back in Egypt where they were well fed; not trusting God like the Jews who campaigned against going into the Promised Land; or open defiance of God’s Law like the Jewish man who gathered firewood on the Sabbath, God wants us to know He will not tolerate sin in any shape or form.
You want meat like the Egyptians? You’ll get meat. And it will kill you.
You can’t trust God to give you what He’s promised? Don’t go into Canaan. And it will kill you.
You think an act of disobedience is no big deal because you think collecting wood is more important? Go get your wood. And it will kill you.
How much more clear can God be? You can defy Him, reject Him, rationalize your sin…
and it will kill you.
That is a death, my friend, worse than anything you can imagine. That death, eternal agony, void of any hope, endless pain and suffering is the death God wants you to understand.
Your only hope is to confess and repent of your sin, accept the fact that Jesus paid your death sentence, and allow Him to cleanse you and give you the power to be obedient.
You can live in your sin… but God wants you to know it will kill you.