Exodus 16 Part 1–Manna and Quail

As Israel would continue to learn in the days and years ahead, God will protect, prepare, and provide for His own.  He destroyed the Egyptian forces sent to recapture Israel.  He turned the bitter waters into sweet at Marah.  Now in the Wilderness of Sin, God would teach Israel about Divine provision. 

For the next 40 years, Israel would literally see food fall from the sky in the forms of Manna and quail.  Israel would collect daily amounts of Manah and periodically, God would add quail to spice things up a bit.There were some pretty strict guidelines for His provision.  they could only take enough for their needs for the day.  If they took too much, it would turn rancid and smell horrible.  and if they failed to gather enough for Sabbath , there would be no Manna on the Sabbath. Then God would intersperse quail to keep it interesting, but clearly Manna was a superfood. 

God needed the people of Israel to understand that their provision was a gift from Him. God had already shown them He provided their protection and their direction.  These were His people.  This was to be His nation of priests and evangelists.  In the early stages, however, God was not being subtle.  He wanted to the world and His people to trust in His protection and provision.

God still protects, directs, and provides for His chosen.  If we trust Him, the Lord will help us navigate this journey we call life.  He will not stop the trials and storms, but He will walk through them with us.  If we continue to trust Him, the Lord will prepare us for eternity with Him. Sadly, we sometimes lose patience and try to assist or direct God.  When we do, it never goes well. 

We neither have the power nor the perspective that the Author and Creator of all has.  He is executing a plan that leads to His return and our salvation.  We are called to simply follow and trust God’s leadership.  We have thousands of years of proof that God always makes good on His promises.  We simply need to cling to that proof of God’s integrity to trust Him through the storms and trials of life.He will protect, provide, and prepare us for a full and meaningful life while here, and an eternity with our Lord in Heaven.

God Bless You


They set out from Elim, and all the congregation of the people of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had departed from the land of Egypt. And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, and the people of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not. On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather daily.” So Moses and Aaron said to all the people of Israel, “At evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your grumbling against the Lord. For what are we, that you grumble against us?” And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you in the evening meat to eat and in the morning bread to the full, because the Lord has heard your grumbling that you grumble against him—what are we? Your grumbling is not against us but against the Lord.”

Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the people of Israel, ‘Come near before the Lord, for he has heard your grumbling.’” 10 And as soon as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the people of Israel, they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. 11 And the Lord said to Moses, 12 “I have heard the grumbling of the people of Israel. Say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning, you shall be filled with bread. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God…31 Now the house of Israel called its name manna. It was like coriander seed, white, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey. 32 Moses said, “This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Let an omer of it be kept throughout your generations, so that they may see the bread with which I fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you out of the land of Egypt.’” 33 And Moses said to Aaron, “Take a jar, and put an omer of manna in it, and place it before the Lord to be kept throughout your generations.” 34 As the Lord commanded Moses, so Aaron placed it before the testimony to be kept. 35 The people of Israel ate the manna forty years, till they came to a habitable land. They ate the manna till they came to the border of the land of Canaan. 36 (An omer is the tenth part of an ephah.)

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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