"Listen to Me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been upheld by Me from birth, who have been carried from the womb." Isaiah 46:3
Text: Exodus 16 : 11-16
UPHELD BY THE LORD!
God had been looking after Israel all this while. He had been caring for them from the time of Abraham till the present moment! If Israel only knew that! Patiently and graciously, God once again showed His love and concern for His people.
“And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
‘I have heard the complaints of the children of Israel.
Speak to them, saying, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat,
and in the morning you shall be filled with bread.
And you shall know that I am the LORD your God.””
Let Israel know once and for all who their God is! He upholds all He has created!
QUAILS AND BREAD
Could God really provide for so many people? The following text captures simply just how God kept His word.
“So it was that quails came up at evening
and covered the camp, and in the morning the dew
lay all around the camp. And when the layer of dew lifted,
there, on the surface of the wilderness, was a small round
substance, as fine as frost on the ground. So when the children
of Israel saw it, they said to one another, ‘What is it?’
For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them
‘This is the bread which the LORD has given you to eat.'”
God came through on His promises! Quails were available in abundance! They covered the whole camp of Israel! God’s word was good! He even created a new substance that nobody had ever seen before! Thus God kept His word of promise!
INSTRUCTIONS CONCERNING THE GATHERING OF MANNA
God provided wondrously for Israel! It was now the turn of the nation to respond appropriately! Instructions were given as to how they were to gather the bread God had given.
“This is the thing which the Lord has commanded:
‘Let every man gather it according to each one’s need,
one omer for each person, according to the number of persons;
let every man take for those who are in his tent.'”
Moses understood how people who are hungry might behave when they finally receive food. The primal instincts could well overwhelm civil and appropriate behaviour. The collection of the bread must be done with appropriate sense of faith and gratitude!