Reading through the Bible together
In the miracle of the manna, God demonstrates to Israel and to us several important lessons that are crucial in our journey to the Promised Land. First, He will provide our needs more abundantly and according to what He knows will make us happiest. Our human tendency is to desire to go back to those things we know out of habit. Here Israel longed to return to the fleshpots of Egypt. But God worked out a plan that would train them to trust and depend on Him as their God. He would provide them with sustenance for their bodies that was better than they had in Egypt.
Second, God’s ways are instructive in providing the education that we need to move forward in obedience to His holy law. The daily gift of manna served to train the Israelites about God’s sovereign Sabbath. The instruction to gather what they needed in the first days of the week, and the miracle that there was twice as much on sixth day was given to “prove them, whether they will walk in my law or not” (vs. 5). That the Sabbath was known since the creation of the world and before the Sinai giving of the law, is demonstrated in this chapter. Despite those who did not follow God’s plan, God’s plan for the Sabbath did not change but became normative throughout their journeys.
Finally, God gives us according to our needs. He gives us enough for every day. He did not supply food for them for the next week or the next month. He provided for them their daily need. In our lives it is easy to worry about the future, but God gives us enough for the day, teaching us a dependence on Him that is constant. We have no need to worry about the future, for our God provides.
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