Questioning their Obedience– Exodus 16:4-5, 11-12

Exodus 16:4-5, 11-12.. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether or not they will walk in My instruction.

God promised to rain bread from heaven to feed the Israelite community. He sent this bread not only to satisfy hunger but to teach them to rely on His provision. The Lord instructed the people to collect only enough for each day. By this restriction, He tested His people’s willingness to obey and depend on Him. Jesus taught His disciples to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread” A  Now we are to live one day at a time in dependence on the Lord and not be anxious about the future.

God does not test His children to cause us to fail but provides opportunities to be conformed into the image of Jesus. God’s provision of manna was a supernatural act that compelled the Israelites to recognize it was the Lord who sustained them in the wilderness. They needed to learn to listen to Him and obey His commands in order to experience freedom from the slavery of sin.

 On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather daily.”

 The Lord instructed the Israelites to gather enough manna on the sixth day for the sixth and seventh days. What are the tests in these verses?

11 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 12 “I have heard the grumblings of the sons 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.’”

The Lord spoke with Moses “face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend” B. He still speaks to His children today in various ways; His messengers—preachers and teachers, the Holy Spirit, and His Word. For freedom from the slavery of sin develop a close, personal relationship with the Lord through worship, bible study, meditation, prayer and listening to Him.

The Lord addressed Moses in response to the Israelites’ fourth time of grumbling C. These complaints were acts of unbelief, disobedience, and rebellion against His authority and an example for disciples today D.

In the evening the Lord sent quail meat. The manna appeared on the ground the next morning. In displaying His power over nature, the Lord confirmed His identity as their God another time. His provision included a test of the people’s obedience to Him. God still designs tests that require His disciples to depend on Him in greater ways. Successfully passing such tests strengthens our faith in Him.

Instead of asking, “Why me, God?” when a test comes maybe we should ask, “God, what do You want me to do, learn or change?”

Notes: A- Matthew 6:11; B- Exodus 33:9-11; C- 4th of 14 examples of grumbling, for all 14 click here. D- 1 Corinthians 10:1-15;

Henry Luke 10/4/2017

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