4 THEN the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions. 5 On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring in, and that is to be twice as much as they gather on the other days.”
6 So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you will know that it was the Lord who brought you out of Egypt, 7 and in the morning you will see the glory of the Lord, because He has heard your grumbling against Him. Who are we, that you should grumble against us?” 8 Moses also said, “You will know that it was the Lord when He gives you meat to eat in the evening and all the bread you want in the morning, because He has heard your grumbling against Him. Who are we? You are not grumbling against us, but against the Lord.”
9 Then Moses told Aaron, “Say to the entire Israelite community, ‘Come before the Lord, for He has heard your grumbling.’” 10 While Aaron was speaking to the whole Israelite community, they looked toward the desert, and there was the glory of the Lord appearing in the cloud.
The Israelites has forgotten the grace and goodness of God to deliver them out of Egypt and Pharaoh’s oppression and bondage. They are having a hard time understanding where their next meal is coming from and once again they groan and grumble…what does God do?
Then the Lord said to Moses…
well, let’s put it this way – then the Lord did not say to Moses – you tell those ungrateful, self-focused people that on tomorrow with one blink, I’m sending back to their pots of stew in Egypt. 🙂 No, the Word of God does not give any indication of the Lord giving a rebuke.
Instead, verse 4 says, THEN the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you.” WOW! It is as though the Lord is saying, ‘I understand that you need just a little more time to know Me, that you don’t understand how I am going to meet your needs out in this desert. Let me show you what a wonderful Provider I Am. Remember my name is I AM That I Am, everything you need. I brought you out to bring you into relationship with me and you can trust me to take care of you, even when you don’t understand how.’
I know you need bread and I will rain down bread from heaven to meet your need. I Am going to provide meat in the evening and bread in the morning. Just like I brought you out of Egypt, you can trust me to provide your needs in this desert. You will know that the Lord has brought you out of Egypt and you will see the glory of the Lord!
The Israelites were given specific instruction on how to gather and store the bread. The Lord told Moses that He would test to see if the Israelites would walk in His instructions. Trust would be proven in doing it according to God’s will and plan and not their own.
This is no less true for me than the Israelites. The Lord has been so faithful to provide and keep me along with my family in the midst of wilderness experiences. Times that required that we walk by faith and not by sight. Times of testing that increased our faith. And yet, there are times that I find myself grumbling when there should be no grumble. I thank God for His grace and mercy to send His Spirit and His Word to remind me to trust the Lord for He shall “supply every need of mine [yours] according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).” It is then my choice to pass or fail the test. The correct answer to the test is always Trust and Obey for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey!
I found it to be true, “Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given (John 1:16).” His grace is sufficient for every need!