Exodus Extracts 16 – Moaning and Mercy

Moses said, “This is what the LORD has commanded: ‘Let an omer of it be kept throughout your generations, so that they may see the bread with which I fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you out of the land of Egypt.'” (Exodus 16:32 ESV)

It’s easy to criticise the behaviour of the children of Israel. After all that God has done for them in displaying ten mighty signs and then wiping out the enemy so comprehensively, this is their expression of trust and gratitude?

Yet the mentality of the people highlights the truth of the journey out. That truth is that though you can take the person out of prison, that doesn’t mean you can take the prison out of the person. Here are the people who are used to captivity and used to being fed in captivity now complaining about not being fed in freedom by the Deliverer.

Hardship is often a good indicator of where our mentality is. The purging process brings out the worst in us. For God’s people expressing their tendency to complain when things are not going well only goes to show how great the mercy of God is in His provision for them. Bread from heaven with something that lead the people to wonder what it was.

Not just bread, but daily bread. Daily bread that meant your needs were provided for that day however much you collected Just for the day, so again when people sought to take matters into their own hands and do their own thing looking to save for another day the stench would mark them out clearly. Yet what’s all the more amazing is that the provision would be there to cover for a day of rest. When God sought His people to rest He even amazingly provided for them to rest from the work of searching for food.

Despite the murmurs God’s provision expresses great mercy. That has not changed from that day to this.

For His Name’s Sake


C. L. J. Dryden


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