January 24, 2023
The Miriam Webster Online Dictionary defines ‘murmur’ as a “half-suppressed or muttered complaint.”
There are 24 mentions of ‘murmur/murmuring’ in the Bible; from Exodus 15:24 all the way to James 5:9. God hates murmuring. No doubt about it. I like these New Testament instances – John 6:13 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. John 6:61 But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples murmur concerning this, said to them, Does this offend you? 1 Cor 10:10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. James 5:9 murmur not against one another, brethren, that ye may not be condemned; lo, the Judge before the door hath stood. (Source: https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/words/Murmur)
I’m convinced. The next time someone in church says something or does something you don’t like, take it to God in prayer because He hates when you murmur. If the priest isn’t up to your expectations, take it to God in prayer because you’re not going to win by murmuring. Get it? It should be the 11th Commandment: Thou shalt not murmur.
Just as an aside, I laughed out loud re-reading Jesus’ question … that is so now, isn’t it? Do I offend you??? Echoes of many folks I listened to. Don’t tell me the Bible is a dead book. It’s right lively as far as I’m concerned!