|The Israelites gathering Manna - 1490 by Ercole de Roberti|
Exodus 15 -19
Imagine walking in the wilderness, hot, no water or food taking a whole family on this sort of journey. We complain today about having to walk here and we need a car to do this and that. Moses took on a huge project by taking the Israeli’s out of Egypt. One can understand why they kept on moaning but then one sees on the other hand they had the privilege to be guided by this magnificent cloud and in this cloud, the Lord’s glory appeared. How can one not know that you are being looked after? Then the Lord provides water on 2 separate occasions. When they came to Marah the water there was bitter and they could not drink it and the Lord sweetened it. At Mount Horeb Moses with instructions from the Lord struck the rock and water poured from it.
Once again the Israelis complained this time of not having food to eat. Then the Lord said to Moses “At twilight you will eat meat and in the morning you will eat bread until you are full Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.”
There were instructions on how to eat this food from the Lord.
- Gather as much of it as each person needs to eat.
- Take two quarts per individual.
- No one is to let any of it remain until morning.
The house of Israel name the substance Manna. It resembled coriander seed, was white and tasted like wafers made with honey. Psalm 78: 25 Everyone ate the bread of the mighty (man ate angels’ food) God sent them meat in abundance.
I found this interesting that the Lord told Moses to take two quarts of it is to be preserved throughout his generation so they took a container and placed the manna in it and placed it before the Lord.
Imagine getting manna for 40 years and the Lord still today provides my daily needs and I give thanks.
Then in the evening quail came and covered the camp
In 15: 26 The Lord says…”If you will careful obey the Lord your God, do what is right in His eyes, pay attention to His commands, and keep all His statutes, I will not INFLICT ANY ILLNESS ON YOU I INFLICTED ON THE EGYPTIANS. FOR I AM THE LORD WHO HEALS YOU.”
When they had the conflict with Amelek and won the war Moses built an altar and named it “The Lord is My Banner” Indeed my hand was lifted up toward the Lord’s throne.
In Exodus 18: 12 Then Jethro, Moses father-in-law brought a burnt offering and sacrifices to God and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat a meal with Moses’ father-in-law in GOD’S PRESENCE. How awesome is that!
In Exodus 19:4 You have seen what I did to the Egyptians and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to me. This reminds me of Isaiah 40: 31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.