Within the span of two months, Israel had already forgotten the miracle of deliverance God had provided at the Red Sea. Instead, they were longing for the meager comforts they had as SLAVES! Still, God loved them and provided for their daily needs just like He does today.
1. A complaining people
Ex. 16:2-5 “And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness: 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.”
2. A compassionate Provider
“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. 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.”
LESSON - If our current situation reveals anything about us, it shows that we are very much creatures of comfort. When our convenience is removed, we are quick to complain about our situation. This passage challenges us to remember God’s faithfulness towards His people. Remember, Jesus IS the Bread of Life. He met our greatest need at the Cross and still provides for us daily even when our “fleshly” eyes fail to recognize His handiwork.
Jn. 6:31-33 “Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.”