After the Israelites complained about being in the wilderness and lying about how wonderful life was as a slave, the Lord of mercy said to Moses, “Look, I’m going to rain down food from heaven for you.
Each day the people can go out and pick up as much food as they need for that day. I will test them in this to see whether or not they will follow my instructions. On the sixth day they will gather food, and when they prepare it, there will be twice as much as usual” (Exodus 16:4-5).
Moses delivered that message to the people. But he made sure to let them know they had been complaining against God, not against Aaron and him.
He also added that God would give the Israelites meat in the evening and bread to satisfy them in the morning (verse 8). What a merciful God we serve!
That evening large number of quail flew in and covered the camp. And the next morning the area around the camp was wet with dew. When the dew disappeared, a flaky substance as fine as frost covered the ground. The Israelites were confused when they saw it. “What is it?” they asked each other because they had no idea what it was (verses 13-15).
Moses specifically warned them to gather just what they needed (two quarts per person in the tent).
Find out how the Israelites responded to Moses (part two of this article)
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