Manna and Quail
Manna from Heaven - Trusting
Bible Study Lessons --
people are led into the
Stress takes over and Israel
once again grumbles and complains to Aaron and
Moses - they want to go back to Egypt and bondage?
Well, not really but this
study lesson shows
that God provides what we need - it's also about
trust that he can take care of our
Provides Food for Israel
So it came about at
evening that the quails came up and covered the
camp, and in the morning there was a layer of
dew around the camp.
When the layer of dew
evaporated, behold, on the surface of the
wilderness there was a fine flake-like thing,
fine as the frost on the ground.
When the sons of Israel
saw it, they said to one another, What is
it? For they did not know what it was.
And Moses said to them,
It is the bread which the Lord has given
you to eat.
This is what the Lord has
commanded, Gather of it every man as much
as he should eat; you shall take an omer apiece
according to the number of persons each of you
has in his tent.
The sons of Israel did so,
and some gathered much and some
When they measured it with
an omer, he who had gathered much had no excess,
and he who had gathered little had no lack;
every man gathered as much as he should eat.
Moses said to them,
Let no man leave any of it until
But they did not listen to
Moses, and some left part of it until morning,
and it bred worms and became foul; and Moses was
angry with them.
They gathered it morning
by morning, every man as much as he should eat;
but when the sun grew hot, it would melt. -
This seems to be a never
ending story - things go awry, Israel complains.
They, like us many times,
were getting along just fine until the danger of
running out of food appeared in the camp. I can
relate to these people as we don't always see
things the way God does.
In reality, God provides
everything we need according to his will.
He gave the Israelites just
enough food for one day at a time - they grumbled
about this (as with just about everything else) -
but in reality, how much food did they really need?
God promised them he would
supply the meals; enough so that no person would go
hungry - and he did!
All God asked for in return
for keeping them alive was that the people trust
Unfortunately, they couldn't
even do that. The main focus was on the stress of
not (absolutely) knowing where their next meal
would come from.
They were not ready to rely
completely upon God for their needs.
In our life walk, we are
going to face uncertain times - whether it be
sickness, a death in the family, financial
difficulties, relationship issues, etc. Maybe you
are experiencing some of these issues right
- Worry Less
The natural human tendency is
to worry, to complain or to believe we can handle
it all ourselves.
But, if we can only bring
ourselves to trust God, he will work it out to the
best outcome according to his will. It might not
always be in the form we ask for - but the answer
many times is greater than we deserve.
When we ask God to intervene
in situations, we need to let him take charge -
Maybe we will receive manna from heaven just as the
people of Israel did!
Love in Christ
If you would like to discover
the love and life-changing experience of Jesus
Christ, please take a moment to read
3:16 for more
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Verses from Exodus about how God provided
manna a quail for the people of Israel are
from New American Standard Bible & New King
James Version - Lessons from Life Application Study
Bible: NIV - Passage above credited to Lockman