Questioning the Provision– Exodus 16:13-18

Exodus 16:13-18.. 13 So it came about at evening that the quails came up and covered the camp,Whereas the manna appeared daily, the quail provided a one-time supply of meat. The birds arrived in such numbers that they covered the camp.

13 …and in the morning…15 the bread which the Lord has given you to eat. 16 …you shall take an omer apiece according to the number of persons each of you has in his tent.’” 18b he who had gathered much had no excess, and he who had gathered little had no lack;

 Attempts to identify manna with a modern substance have failed. The Lord miraculously provided this bread for His people for forty years A. When they reached Gilgal in the promised land, the manna ceased B. C Apparently an omer was about 2 quarts.

It is interesting to note that Paul quoted v.18b as an illustration for disciples with abundance to help meet the needs of others. Stark said about the 320 years after Pentecost; “There was various local plagues and at least two wide spread plagues during these years resulting in the death of maybe 1/3 of the population for each plague. The average life span was less than 30 years. The pagans were afraid and deserted their sick and discarded them to die unburied. The Christians fearless of death cared for their sick and buried their dead and the pagans dead.” D This was one of 5 compelling reasons Stark gave for Christians increasing to 56.5% of world population by 350 AD.

Jesus multiplied a boy’s five barley loaves and two fish to feed a multitude that included about five thousand men E. After doing so, He referred to the manna that
God had supplied for the Israelites and then said “I am the bread of
E. Jesus alone gives eternal life, satisfying our deepest spiritual hunger.

Disciples can be thankful for life now and eternal life forever by “the bread of life”, and daily provision of our needs. By His grace we can share our abundance with others in need.

Notes: A- Exodus 16:35 ; B- Joshua 5:12 ; C- Exodus 16:32; Hebrews 9:1-4 ; D- Rodney Stark in “The Rise of Christianity”, Matthew 25:35-40; E- John 6:1-13, 31-35;

Henry Luke 10/62017

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