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Exodus 16 - Grumble Honey

If God rewards His faithless people with honey flavored manna, how much more will He provide when your trust in Him is strong?

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Exodus 16 Summary

As the Israelites press farther into the wilderness, they get hungry... not just hungry, but hangry.

But as always, our gracious God provides. He gives the manna and quail in such a way that the people will be continually reminded of their daily reliance on God.

This passage also introduces the people to the concept of a weekly Sabbath for the first time as well.

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A month and a half.

That's all it took for the Israelites, who had seen with their own eyes arguably the most impressive miracle of all time when God parted the sea, to lose faith that God would continue to provide for them in the future. Not only had they seen the sea open up for them, but they'd seen the plagues God brought against Egypt and heard the agony of their Egyptian neighbors who all lost their firstborn, while the Israelites had been protected by the blood of the lamb.

But they get hungry and think God has left them out in the desert to starve.

Once again our patient God and Father comes to the rescue, providing manna and quail, but this time it comes in the form of a test (v4). Would the people trust God enough that there would be manna the next morning also, or would they hoard it as if there was no guarantee for the future?

As in every case where God 'tests' His people, God isn't doing so because He's curious as to the outcome, but rather so that subsequent generations (that's us) will be reminded of our instinctual lack of trust in God's provision each time we recount this story.

Be reminded as to how God has always provided for you in the past, and be assured He will continue to do so as He brings His pilgrim people through the wilderness of this world to the Promised Land.

AAA Prayer:

  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Our Father provides for us so that we will know that He is God (v12)

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Ask God to strengthen your faith and contentment in what He's provided




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