January 16, 2017 – Exodus 16:11-12
Then the Lord said to Moses, “I have heard the Israelites’ complaints. Now tell them, ‘In the evening you will have meat to eat, and in the morning you will have all the bread you want. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’” Exodus 16:11-12
As I read these verses, I know that God hears us, our complaints, curses, and our heartfelt praise and worship. And yet his wisdom and understanding is far above ours. God sees the whole picture and scope of eternity from the past to the forever. Our Lord God is the fount of wisdom. If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. James 3:13
God gave the Israelites what they needed…food! Surely His People would then know He is God! The food arrived in the evening as the camp was covered with quail before the sun set. Did they think it was an infestation of some sort? And the next morning, the camp was filled with a heavy dew, and when dried, became bread — bread from Heaven.
But they were puzzled — miracles do that to those who don’t know the Giver of Life, Our Lord. Moses told God’s People that it is Manna from Heaven. Centuries later, God sent baby Jesus to the earth to teach love. He called himself the bread of life. “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes has eternal life. Yes, I am the bread of life! Your ancestors ate manna in the wilderness, but they all died.” John 6:48-49.
Are we puzzled? Do we believe? Do recognize that Jesus feeds us through his words? Do we know that He is the Lord of our lives?
That evening vast numbers of quail flew in and covered the camp. And the next morning the area around the camp was wet with dew. When the dew evaporated, a flaky substance as fine as frost blanketed the ground. The Israelites were puzzled when they saw it. “What is it?” they asked each other. They had no idea what it was. And Moses told them, “It is the food the Lord has given you to eat. Exodus 16:13-15