God is just plain peevish in these wilderness wanderings sometimes. I understand that the people are whining, and that it is no small thing to say to one's liberator, "We wish we were still slaves!" but doesn't someone have to be the grown up? The LORD'S behavior in Num. 11:1 (incineration), speech in 11:18-20 ("You want meat? I'll give you meat!"), and action in 11:34 (not just tiresome quail but a plague) remind me of this New Yorker cartoon, drawn by Roz Chast and published July 13, 1998.