22 On the sixth day, they gathered twice as much—two omers for each person—and the leaders of the community came and reported this to Moses. 23 He said to them, “This is what the Lord commanded: ‘Tomorrow is to be a day of sabbath rest, a holy sabbath to the Lord. So bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil. Save whatever is left and keep it until morning.’”
24 So they saved it until morning, as Moses commanded, and it did not stink or get maggots in it. 25 “Eat it today,” Moses said, “because today is a sabbath to the Lord. You will not find any of it on the ground today. 26 Six days you are to gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will not be any.”
27 Nevertheless, some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather it, but they found none. 28 Then the Lord said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep my commands and my instructions? 29 Bear in mind that the Lord has given you the Sabbath; that is why on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. Everyone is to stay where they are on the seventh day; no one is to go out.” 30 So the people rested on the seventh day.
In these Scriptures, we find God’s first mention of the Sabbath. This goes all the way back to Genesis 2:2-3, “And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.” How can we even read these words and not pause to give God all praise, honor, and glory? He is the Awesome God!
The Great God I Am, understood that the wilderness is a place that can cause us to struggle and requires much help. The Lord knows that our journey this side of glory could literrally wear us out unless we know the importance of rest. So in His Wisdom, He made provision for His children to rest. Not just physically, but rest in every regard…rest from the cares of life, the struggles, trials and tribulation, rest even from the day-to-day and it can only be found in Him. The Psalmist said, “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from Him. Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken (Psalm 62:1-2).”
The Lord wants His children to walk in faith, depending on and trusting Him. Walking in faith means we rest in Him. We will trust God for our provision no matter the need. In verse 16, we see that some of the Israelites did not trust what God had said through Moses and they gathered more than they needed and left part until morning only to find maggots. Moses was angry because their actions proved that they did not trust God to keep His Word.
When we move to the 6th day, we see God’s instructions change. The Israelites were to gather twice as much manna because of the Sabbath. When the Israelites kept the manna this time, it did not become foul and there was no maggots found in it. God is faithful and in fact, is not a man that He should lie about anything.
Verse 27 states that some went to the field to look for manna but there was none there. Moses asked, “Then the Lord said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep my commands and my instructions? Bear in mind that the Lord has given you the Sabbath; that is why on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days.”
In Pat language, why are you worrying, why are you hoarding, why do you believe that your reasoning is sufficient, why do you think your wisdom is greater than mine, why are you working and striving, why are you fearful…when you could be resting in the truth of My Word? Why do you refuse to believe that I Am That I Am and My way is perfect?
Perhaps you can find yourself somewhere in this picture of the Israelites? You know, that thing that you are struggling with and there is a struggle, it’s hard to let go of your way and trust God to be faithful to His Word. The Lord speaks:
“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works,just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.”
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
“ “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I Am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.” Psalm 62:5-8
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