Exodus 16:19-20.. 19 Moses said to them, “Let no man leave any of it until morning.” 20 But they did not listen to Moses, and some left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and became foul; and Moses was angry with them.
Although Moses warned the people against doing so, some of them left part of the manna uneaten overnight. The remaining manna bred worms and spoiled. This command was to be a means of testing His people’s obedience to Him. A The test reminded the people; “He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna…, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.”; or how faithfully they obeyed the words of the Lord B. The Israelites behavior demonstrated lack of faith and disobedience.
Moses was angry at the disobedient Israelites. Obeying the command not to allow any manna to remain over night would have expressed trust in the Lord for the next day’s provisions. The Israelites needed to recognize that their daily bread was a gift of God and that they were to live in constant dependence on Him. God provides for the needs of His people and He also provides tests of our obedience and faith.
Do, the story of 40 years of daily provision of manna and your past experience with God encourage your trust in God and dependence on His daily provision. Do you live in the peace of God or fear and anxiety each day?
Notes: A- Exodus 16:4; B- Deuteronomy 8:3;
Henry Luke 10/7/2017
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