Let My People Go Part 8

Kingwell By Kingwell, 3rd Sep 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1gko2yp4/
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God provides food for his people in the wilderness but also tests them to see if they are ready to trust him.

Anger Towards Moses

The Lord may be the God of Israel but that he expects them to trust and obey him soon becomes very clear. We quickly learn too that many of the people are still skeptics despite all that they have seen. When we last left Moses and his band of followers they were encamped at a place called Elim where there were plenty of water and Palm trees. Now they have left that rest area and journeyed into the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai. Here the people have no food but instead of waiting for the Lord to provide as he has done previously, they once again become angry with Moses and Aaron and accuse them of taking the people out of Egypt that they might die of hunger in the wilderness. “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. And Moses and Aaron said unto all the children of Israel, at even then ye shall know that the Lord hath brought thee out from the land of Egypt. And in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the Lord; for that he heareth your murmurings against the Lord: and what are we that ye murmur against us”? Exodus 16: 4-7.

Bread From Heaven

Whether you realize it or not, God is telling the people, it is me that you are getting angry with for Moses and Aaron are just my servants. Moses tells Aaron to call the congregation together and have them look toward the wilderness and there, we are told the glory of the Lord appeared in a cloud. Once again God speaks unto Moses: “I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel: speak unto them saying, at even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God”. Exodus 16: 12. Sure enough, that evening quails came in such numbers that they covered the camp and everyone killed and ate their full! The following morning when the dew on the grass was gone, they found a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground. The people whispered among themselves that maybe this was manna or bread from heaven!

Observing The Sabbath

“Moses said unto them, this is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat. This is the thing that the Lord hath commanded, gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tent. And the children of Israel did so, and gathered some more, some less. And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating”. Exodus 16: 15-18. God however, had a plan to make sure that his people learned to trust him without reservation. “Now”, says Moses, make sure you eat all of it today – you cannot leave any until tomorrow”. God of course is testing his people here. He has said that there will be more food the following morning and therefore there is no need to save any for tomorrow. Being human however, some of them did leave it until the next morning but found that it was stinking and filled with worms. Moses of course, was angry with these people but as we know many have always found it hard to just trust. “And they gathered every morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted”. Exodus 16: 21. On the sixth day however, they followed instructions and gathered twice as much for they had been told that none would be there on the seventh or Sabbath day. Although as promised, the food gathered on the sixth day had not spoiled by the following morning, as before there were those who went out on the Sabbath day but found nothing – showing once again that Moses’s task in leading these people through the wilderness and to their promised land would not be an easy one.
TO BE CONTINUED See Part 9
See Part 1

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Anger, Angry God, Angry People, Band Of Followers, Bread From Heaven, Egypt, Exodus, God Of Israel, Kingwell, Manna, Murmuring, Sabbath Day, Wilderness

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author avatar M G Singh
4th Sep 2015 (#)

Very interesting. God bless

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author avatar Kingwell
4th Sep 2015 (#)

Thanks Madan. Blessings.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
4th Sep 2015 (#)

This is a another very interesting segment ~ Kingwell.

Amazingly ~ still today ~ 'many of the people are still skeptics despite all that they have seen.'

I believe it is appropriate to view the Word of the Lord in that way also as 'this is the bread which the Lord has given us to eat.'

Thanks for sharing. Blessings to you.

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author avatar Kingwell
4th Sep 2015 (#)

Thank you Helen. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
5th Sep 2015 (#)

Yes the people were stubborn but that too is human nature

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author avatar Kingwell
5th Sep 2015 (#)

Thank you Carol and you are perfectly right there. It seems we haven't changed much. Blessings.

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author avatar Kingwell
5th Sep 2015 (#)

Thank you Carol and you are perfectly right there. It seems we haven't changed much. Blessings.

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author avatar Kingwell
5th Sep 2015 (#)

Thank you Carol and you are perfectly right there. It seems we haven't changed much. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Sep 2015 (#)

God has tried to influence us to take the right path but few are more than selfish all the while - maybe getting worse by the day!

Has God given up hope on us or waiting for the right time to strike? Maybe, it is time for Him to intercede on behalf of the silent majority!

Thanks for enlightening me Kingwell, appreciated - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
7th Sep 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva. It seems that people have given God the qualities that are within themselves. Only a few enlightened masters seem to have caught a glimmer of the truth. Blessings.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
10th Sep 2015 (#)

Kingwell, I loved this chapter. There will always be people that question what they have been told to do. This chapter to me is priceless! The lessons learned are so valuable even today.

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author avatar Kingwell
10th Sep 2015 (#)

Thanks Nancy I appreciate your comment. Blessings.

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