Exodus 16:16:1 "And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt. 2 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness: 3 And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger."
It hasn't been long since the Israelites were singing God's
praise for bringing them out of Egypt and now, once again, they are complaining because they
have no food and saying they wish they had stayed in Egypt. Isn't that just like God's people.
They go through a little hardship and the first thing they do is start to cry and blame God.
Exodus 16:8 "And Moses said, This shall be, when the LORD shall give you in the evening flesh
to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that the LORD heareth your murmurings which
ye murmur against him: and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the
Exodus 16:8 "And Moses said, This shall be, when the LORD shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that the LORD heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him: and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the LORD."
God has no intentions of His people going hungry. Psalms 37:25 says, "I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread." Moses told them that God had heard their murmurings and that He would provided meat and bread for them. We need to be careful about murmuring against God or His chosen ones. God not only hears our words but He knows our hearts. When we murmur against our pastor and the leaders in the church He is not pleased with us. The Israelites were blaming Moses and Aaron for their plight. But Moses and Aaron asked them, "why are you murmuring against us? We are only human, we can't provide food for you!"
Exodus 16:13 "And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host. 14 And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground. 15 And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat. 16 This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents. 19 And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning. 20 Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth with them."
God gave them bread and meat to eat that day. He doesn't just provide, He provides well. The bread was like a small, round waffer. The children of Israel didn't know what it was so they called it manna or, what is it? They were supposed to gather the manna every morning and only to gather enough for each person to eat for one day. Some of them gathered more than they needed and left it overnight. The next morning it bred worms and stank. When the sun came up, the manna left outdoors melted. God fed the Israelites with this manna during their whole 40 year trek through the desert. They gathered enough for 2 days on the day before the Sabbath so they wouldn't have to go out and work on the day of rest. Only on the Sabbath could this be done, and the manna was still good the next day. They were instructed to fill a pot with the manna to be kept for the next generations to see how the Lord had provided for them on their journey from Egypt. This manna didn't rot, either. It was later put in the ark with Aaron's rod that budded and the Ten Commandments.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
How often do you murmur against God or talk about your pastor or other leaders in your church? Be very careful about these things. God hates a gripping, fault-finding spirit in His people! Next time you are tempted to find fault with someone, try praying for them instead!
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