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Exodus 16, vs. 13-24 with Betty

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13 And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host.

14 And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground.

15 And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat.

16 This is the thing which the Lord hath commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents.

17 And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less.

18 And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating.

19 And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning.

20 Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth with them.

21 And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted.

22 And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses.

23 And he said unto them, This is that which the Lord hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the Lord: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.

24 And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

That evening the quails came—the flesh the Lord had promised— and the next morning when the dew disappeared they found a substance on the ground which they called manna.

Moses told the men to gather the manna according to the needs of each of their families; and although some gathered more and some gathered less, when all was measured they that had gathered much had none left over and they that had gathered little had enough.

Moses told the people to leave none of the manna till morning, but some saved it anyway (presumably because they did not have faith that it would appear again the following day). Those that saved the manna found that it bred worms and stank by morning. Moses because angry at their actions.

Then came the sixth day when the people gathered twice as much of the manna (or bread). The rulers of the congregation came and told Moses this but he was not concerned. He told the people that on this, the sixth day, they were to save the remainder not used for the following day which was the Sabbath, the day on which they were not to go out and gather and the day when the Lord too would observe the Sabbath and would not provide the daily manna. As Exodus 16, verse 24 says, “And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein.”

Betty Killebrew

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