Manna for Sabbath.

Exodus 16:13 So it was that quails came up at evening and covered the camp, and in the morning the dew lay all around the camp. 
14 And when the layer of dew lifted, there, on the surface of the wilderness, was a small round substance, as fine as frost on the ground. 
15 So when the children 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, “This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat. 
16 This is the thing which the Lord has commanded: ‘Let every man gather it according to each one’s need, one omer for each person, according to the number of persons; let every man take for those who are in his tent.’”
17 Then the children of Israel did so and gathered, some more, some less. 
18 So when they measured it by omers, he who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack. Every man had gathered according to each one’s need. 
19 And Moses said, “Let no one leave any of it till morning.” 
20 Notwithstanding they did not heed Moses. But some of them left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and stank. And Moses was angry with them. 
21 So they gathered it every morning, every man according to his need. And when the sun became hot, it melted.
22And so it was, on the sixth day, that they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one. And all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses. 
23 Then he said to them, “This is what the Lord has said: ‘Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord. Bake what you will bake today, and boil what you will boil; and lay up for yourselves all that remains, to be kept until morning.’” 
24 So they laid it up till morning, as Moses commanded; and it did not stink, nor were there any worms in it. 
25 Then Moses said, “Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to the Lord; today you will not find it in the field. 
26 Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will be none.”

27 Now it happened that some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather, but they found none. 
28 And the Lord said to Moses, “How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws?

Isn’t it amazing how God provides for those who belong to Him? He sends quail and Manna so that they will have bread and meat.

So it was that quails came up at evening and covered the camp, and in the morning the dew lay all around the camp. 
And when the layer of dew lifted, there, on the surface of the wilderness, was a small round substance, as fine as frost on the ground
. (Vs 13:14)

This was an affirmation that Yahovah is truly creator and Elohim. But still they wondered, what is this? A curious response to pure grace. But understandable for people who have yet to understand who God is, in spite of all of the wonders they have seen, not to mention the splitting of the red sea.

So, when the children 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, “This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat. (vs 15)

So, there’s no mistake about what it is, or where it came from. Moses explains why it has suddenly appeared. So, He explains further.

 16 This is the thing which the Lord has commanded: ‘Let every man gather it according to each one’s need, one omer for each person, according to the number of persons; let every man take for those who are in his tent.’”
17 Then the children of Israel did so and gathered, some more, some less. 
18 So when they measured it by omers, he who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack. Every man had gathered according to each one’s need. 
(Vs 16-18)

Yahovah God feeds His flock, and He does it in a way that is astounding, but He supplies only enough for one day, but not enough so that it can be hoarded.

And Moses said, “Let no one leave any of it till morning.” 
Notwithstanding they did not heed Moses. But some of them left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and stank. And Moses was angry with them. 
So, they gathered it every morning, every man according to his need. And when the sun became hot, it melted.
(Vs 19-21)

Yahovah God took care of their need to eat He fed them manna from heaven six days a week. But what about the Sabbath? Surely, they would not go out to gather on the Sabbath?

And so it was, on the sixth day, that they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one. And all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses. 
Then he said to them, “This is what the Lord has said: ‘Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord. Bake what you will bake today, and boil what you will boil; and lay up for yourselves all that remains, to be kept until morning.’” 
So, they laid it up till morning, as Moses commanded; and it did not stink, nor were there any worms in it. 
Then Moses said, “Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to the Lord; today you will not find it in the field. 
Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will be none.”
(Vs 22-26)

Clearly, Yahovah God attaches an importance to His Sabbath that many of us have forgotten. He feeds His flock seven days a week, but He makes special provisions so that they will not work on the seventh day. To Him it must be a day of absolute rest, so that nothing distracts us from our thoughts, and we are refreshed for day one of the work week.

Now it happened that some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather, but they found none. 
And the Lord said to Moses, “How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws?”
(Vs 27, 28)

Yahovah holds Moses responsible for the disobedience among His flock and says as much, “How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws?” When He says “YOU”, He is speaking to Moses. Yahovah is holding Him responsible for the actions of His people and rightfully so, for Moses was the teacher to His people!

Needless to say, there will be a culling of the flock, and these folk will never make it into the promised land. And I would venture to say that even today, this speaks to those ministers who are leading their congregation away from the Sabbath as well.

My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. (James 3:1)

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

One Reply to “Manna for Sabbath.”

  1. Exactly so today’s happening. Just misleading the people n the people are refusing to study the word, but just following blind leaders to the ditch.

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