Today's passage: Exodus 16
- The Lord provides daily bread for His people in the wilderness.
- He provided it faithfully to Israel for forty years!
- The only day it wasn't provided was on Saturdays (The Sabbath). Twice the amount of manna was given on Fridays to allow for two days of meals.
- Every other day, if the manna was left until the next day, it rotted. The manna only had a shelf life of two days from Friday to Saturday.
- This was a daily miracle for forty years.
- An omer was a little over two liters.
- When the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron, they were grumbling against the Lord (Verse 8). The Lord responded mercifully.
Questions to consider:
- What are we to learn from the grumbling of the people? Their failure to collect an omer per person on the first day? Their attempt to go out and collect more that first Sabbath morning? Why should we be careful not to find the disobedience of the Israelite people so ridiculous?
- Verse 18 is referenced by the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 8:15. How does he relate the collection of manna to Christian giving?
- What was the purpose of the Sabbath? Who all was “resting” on that day each week? What did it require the Israelites to do (Or to rest in) concerning the day/week ahead?