The Lord provided food for the Israelites, but He also gave them specific instructions. Let's see how these people responded to God.
He also told the people not to keep any of the food until morning. However, some of the people chose not to listen and kept food overnight. “But by then it was full of maggots and had a terrible smell. Moses was very angry with them” (verse 20).
The only time they were ordered to save food overnight (and take twice as much) was the day before the Sabbath (on the sixth day), for God said He would not provide food on the seventh day. Unfortunately, some people disobeyed and went out on the Sabbath, searching for food.
The Sabbath is a gift
God was angry and asked Moses how long the people would disobey Him. He said, “They must realize that the Sabbath is the Lord’s gift” to them (verse 29). Do you see that? Resting and trusting God is a gift many of us are rejecting.
Later Moses told the people to preserve the manna, which was white like coriander seed and tasted like honey wafers, so the future generations would see the food God provided in the wilderness when God delivered them from Egypt. Aaron actually placed the manna in the Ark of the Covenant (Also read Joshua 4 about the memorial stones).
And the Israelites ate manna for 40 years until they entered the Promise Land (Canaan).
Watch how God blessed these ungrateful people (Part one)
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