If you’ve been following the Exodus, Pharaoh finally tells Moses to leave Egypt. But where? This is the story of manna and quail and how we need to trust God for our needs.
As the people of Israel are led into the wilderness, food supplies dwindle.
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 Bible study lesson shows that God provides what we need. The story is also about trust that He can take care of our problems.
God Provides Food for Israel – Manna and Quail from Exodus 16:1-36
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 little.
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 morning.”
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. – Exodus 16:13-21 NASB
God Gives Food – Israel Complains!
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.
Quail and Manna? God Gives All We Need
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 Him.
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.
Our Manna and Quail – Do We Trust Him?
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 now.
Pray More – 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.
Manna & Quail – God will Take Care of Us Too!
Love in Christ
If you would like to discover the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to read John 3:16 for more information.
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