Exodus 16 : Bread of Heaven

February 3, 2024 ·

Summary:
The people get annoyed because they have no food in the desert, whereas they at least had food in Egypt. So God promises food. So that evening, quail came and landed near them, so they had meat. In the morning thin flakes were left on the desert floor. This was their bread, which they named manna. They were told by God to take what they needed each day, and not to keep it longer than a day, except on the Sabbath, when they would’ve taken twice as much the day before. If it was kept overnight, it would be rotten in the morning, but not on the Sabbath. No manna appeared on the Sabbath. They were to rest on the Sabbath. Some manna was put in a jar by Aaron for future generations to look at. They ate manna their whole time in the desert. 

Key verse:
4. 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.

My thoughts:
Here we see God the provider, as he provides for the most basic need of his people. The image of manna, or heavenly bread is used as an image of God’s provision. Ultimately it is also used as a symbol for God’s word, the bread of life. 

God is consistently providing miracles for his people. They would wake up, and expect a miracle so that they could eat. And God continued to bless them. Later on miracles are special events, which don’t become daily mundane occurrences. This was a special time for God’s people, and unlike other times, God didn’t seem to leave a lot of room for doubt. 

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