Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15

In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into the desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions.

Then Moses told Aaron, “Say to the entire Israel community, ‘Come before the Lord, for he has heard your grumbling.’ ”

While Aaron was speaking to the whole Israelite community, they looked toward the desert, and there was the glory of the Lord appearing in the cloud.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, “‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.”

That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp.

When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is this?” For they did not know what it was.

Moses said to them, “It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat.

A Thought

Apparently God sends tests to see if we will trust and obey him. God knew the Israelites had a need for food in the desert. Perhaps God wanted to see what they would do when they had to be without what they believed they had to have to live. The Israelites failed the test when they starting grumbling against God. God then gave meat in the evening and bread in the morning so they would know that, He is the I Am the Lord your God. This manna was a gift from God that satisfied their temporary need. Years later God gave his Son as Bread of Life’ that is eternal if we receive Him.

Our Prayer

Father teach us to trust and obey you and your Word even unto death. We desire to receive our daily bread as our gift from you to know that you are our God and for us to follow your instructions, in Jesus’ name, amen.