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Exodus 16, vs. 1-12 with Betty

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1 And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt.

2 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness:

3 And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.

4 Then said the Lord unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.

5 And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.

6 And Moses and Aaron said unto all the children of Israel, At even, then ye shall know that the Lord hath brought you out from the land of Egypt:

7 And in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the Lord; for that he heareth your murmurings against the Lord: and what are we, that ye murmur against us?

8 And Moses said, This shall be, when the Lord shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that the Lord heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him: and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the Lord.

9 And Moses spake unto Aaron, Say unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, Come near before the Lord: for he hath heard your murmurings.

10 And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud.

11 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

12 I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

About halfway through the second month that the Hebrew people had been traveling away from Egypt they found themselves in the wilderness of Sin and they began to murmur against Moses and Aaron for leading them out of Egypt where they had plenty to eat. The Lord heard their murmurings and told Moses he would rain bread from heaven that the people could gather every day, and on the sixth day they would gather and prepare twice as much as the other days.

Moses told Aaron to gather the people and tell them they would see the glory of the Lord for he had heard their murmurings. He promised them they would eat flesh that evening and bread to the full in the morning.

Then the glory of the Lord appeared in a cloud and the Lord spoke to Moses and promised that the people would eat flesh in the even and bread in the morning and would thereby know that he was the Lord, their God.

Without reading ahead to find out for sure, I would have to assume that the people were again satisfied for a while that the Lord would take care of them. However, like uncertain little children, it seems they needed his constant presence and reassurance or they became frightened of what was ahead; but the Lord was patient in his reassurance and ever ready with his assistance.

I can relate to how these people of Israel felt. When I am floundering around in a wilderness of sin and uncertainty, I too have trouble remembering that the Lord will take care of me. Only when he makes manifest his plan and purpose do I begin to understand that he has been with me all along.

Betty Killebrew

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