The Madness of Murmuring
Philippians 2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
MURMUR – Definition: noun
- a low, continuous sound, as of a brook, the wind, or trees, or of low, indistinct voices.
- a mumbled or private expression of discontent.
A basic cause of murmuring is that too many of us seem to expect that life will flow ever smoothly, featuring an unbroken chain of green lights with empty parking places just in front of our destinations!
Prayers born out of murmuring are always dangerous. When, therefore, we are in a discontented mood, let’us take care what we cry for, lest God give it to us, and thereby punish us.
When we complain about the weather, we are, in reality, murmuring against God. – Arthur Pink
Our murmuring is the devil’s music.
Murmuring is an outward manifestation of an inward lawlessness and rebellion against a holy God.—Unknown
Ten minutes praying is better than a year’s murmuring. – Spurgeon
Oh, that we could but convince men and women that murmuring spirit is a greater evil than any affliction, whatever the affliction! – Jeremiah Burroughs
Hebrew: to grumble, complain, murmur; to grumble
Greek: mutter, grumble, say anything against in a low tone, of those who confer secretly together; of those who discontentedly complain
There is not one single positive mention of murmuring found in the Bible.
There are multiple examples.
There are multiple uses of the word.
There are multiple times it is forbidden.
I. It is Demoralizing
A. It Demoralizes the People of God
- Numbers 14:27 How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.
- Numbers 14:36 And the men, which Moses sent to search the land, who returned, and made all the congregation to murmur against him, by bringing up a slander upon the land,
B. It Demoralizes the Man of God
LOOK AT THE TEXT: Phil. 2:16 …that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
- Exodus 15:24 And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?
- Exodus 16:2 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness:
- Exodus 17:3 And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?
- Numbers 14:2 And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!
- Numbers 16:41 But on the morrow all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying, Ye have killed the people of the LORD.
SEE Numbers 20:1-13
It was the murmuring of the people that eventually drove Moses – the meekest man in the earth – to a fit of anger. He struck the rock instead of speaking to it. It cost him the opportunity to enter into Canaan.
II. It is Demeaning
LOOK AT VERSE 15: That ye may be blameless and harmless… THE SONS OF GOD.
A. It Demeans the Worship of the Savior
- Mark 14:5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her.
B. It Demeans the Working of the Savior
- Luke 5:30 But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?
- Luke 15:2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
- Luke 19:7 And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.
C. It Demeans the Words of the Savior
- John 6:41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven.
- John 6:61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?
- John 7:12 And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people.
III. It is Destructive
LOOK AT VERSE 15 – AMONG WHO YE SHINE AS LIGHTS IN THE WORLD.
Murmuring destroys your testimony.
Destroys the effectiveness of the light.
- 1 Corinthians 10:10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
- Acts 6:1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.