Do all things without grumbling or disputing,
Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
Do everything without grumbling or arguing,
For Paul to be writing these words, it would imply that there were people there who were constantly grumbling, complaining about the leadership, issues in the church. Perhaps arguing over what he could have done to avoid his arrest.
Do all things without murmurings and questionings: [ASV]
grumbling, complaining, murmuring.
Murmur: a half-suppressed or muttered complaint. You don’t have the guts to come out and clearly state your grievance.
The OT gives us numerous examples of murmuring.
Murmuring in Israel
Bricks without straw
The foremen of the people of Israel saw that they were in trouble when they said, “You shall by no means reduce your number of bricks, your daily task each day.” They met Moses and Aaron, who were waiting for them, as they came out from Pharaoh; and they said to them, “The Lord look on you and judge, because you have made us stink in the sight of Pharaoh and his servants, and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.”
The foremen of the people of Israel saw that they were in trouble when they said, “You shall by no means reduce your number of bricks, your daily task each day.” They met Moses and Aaron, who were waiting for them, as they came out from Pharaoh;
2. At the Red Sea
and they said to them, “The Lord look on you and judge, because you have made us stink in the sight of Pharaoh and his servants, and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.” Then Moses turned to the Lord and said, “O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me?
When Pharaoh drew near, the people of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they feared greatly. And the people of Israel cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt? Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.”
3. At Marah
Then Moses made Israel set out from the Red Sea, and they went into the wilderness of Shur. They went three days in the wilderness and found no water. When they came to Marah, they could not drink the water of Marah because it was bitter; therefore it was named Marah. And the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?”
And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, and the people of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”
5. Water from the rock.
All the congregation of the people of Israel moved on from the wilderness of Sin by stages, according to the commandment of the Lord, and camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. Therefore the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” And Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” But the people thirsted there for water, and the people grumbled against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?”
And the people complained in the hearing of the Lord about their misfortunes, and when the Lord heard it, his anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some outlying parts of the camp. Then the people cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to the Lord, and the fire died down. So the name of that place was called Taberah, because the fire of the Lord burned among them.
Murmur is an affront to God.
God actually counted the number of times they murmured and complained against Him.
God is love. God is good. God is great.
What He expects from us as a result? - Faith/belief/trust and thankfulness.
In everything give thanks. For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
What does murmuring reflect?
a disgruntled spirit
things are not going my way - selfish
not seeing God’s Sovereignty or Providence
focuses on situation rather than on God
It also affects those around you.
Murmuring brings the people around you down.
Think about the times you murmured in the past. How did things turn out?
Reminds me of Israel
nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer.
For it is written in the Law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain.” Is it for oxen that God is concerned? Does he not certainly speak for our sake? It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of sharing in the crop.
We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents, nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer.
1 Copr. 9: 9-10
There are many sins we see as obvious, ugly. But there are also other sins that are equally destructive and despicable to God. Unseen sins of hatred, bitterness, unforgiveness.
Murmuring is another thing He doesn’t take lightly.