WHERE’S THE FOOD / FOOD FROM AN UNEXPECTED PLACE

Study Date: 15 Sept 19

Scripture: Eodus 16:1-8; 13-15

Biblical Date: 1800-1400 B.C.

Key Verse: And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.”  

Exodus 16:15 KJV

GUIDING PRINCIPLE:  People are often unhappy with what they have in life. How can people be truly satisfied? Despite the complaining of the Israelites as they wandered in the wilderness, God provided meat and bread for them. 

OBJECTIVE:  

  • To recognize God’s provision in the wilderness compared to Israel’s former slave masters in Egypt.
  • To learn how we complain of God’s seeming failure to provide.
  • To grow in expressing thanks for the many ways that God takes care of His people.

RESOURCES FOR THE SEED:

2 Cor. 8:9-15; 1 Cor. 12:18-26; Ex. 16; Psalm 78:24-25; 105:40; Exodus 16:4; John 6:31

WORDS TO REMEMBER

Egypt— a country of the northeastern section of Africa, adjacent to Palestine, and through which the Nile flows.

Grumbled — murmur; “murmured.” 

Manna — the bread from heaven that fed the Israelites during forty years of wilderness. wanderings; it means, “What is it?” 

Quail(s)—a game bird closely related to partridges. 

BREAKING UP FALLOW GROUND

Why do people complain? 

As a Christian is it okay to complain? 

Have you ever complained to or about God – what was the outcome? 

Explain a time when you’ve had to lead a group of people who didn’t seem to appreciate you.

Explain a time you were frustrated and found a positive way to express your frustration and it was understood and received.

THE SEED        WHERE’S THE FOOD / FOOD FROM AN UNEXPECTED PLACE     EX 16:1-8; 13-15

  1.  Are We There Yet? (Exodus 16: 1-8)
  2. The Children of Israel know their starting point and starting date for their communal journey but not the end date. (v1)
  3. The people turned against their human leaders for unexplained reasons (v2)
  4. The people’s complaint to the leaders was really displeasure with God’s choice not to share complete details of his plan. (v3.) 
  5. They people would have preferred to die in a place with more food than in a place where they couldn’t see any. (v3).
  6. Preparing the Provision and the Recipients
  7. God communicates with his leaders before the blessing (vs 4-5)
  8. Moses and Aaron share the plan and the appropriate details with the people. (vs 6-8)  
  9. Moses reminds them that they same God they murmur against is the same God providing for them. (v7)
  10. Moses reveals to the people that while they murmur against the leaders, they are really murmuring against God. (v8)
  11. The Provider brings the Provision (Exodus 16:13-15)
  12. The evening meat walked up to the camp. (v13) 
  13. The morning bread appeared for the picking. (vs 14-15)
  14. Double portions are commanded on the sixth day. (v5)

PLANTING THE SEED

What does the term exodus mean?

Did you know manna has been described in the Bible using different names: (See Psalm 105:40; Exodus 16:4; John 6:31; Psalm 78:24-25). Some were similar to something Jesus called himself in the NT, what is it?

Manna was given in the morning, meat was given at night for God’s people to eat but they could only gather enough for one day (except for the sixth day), what is one message about God that you can take away from that?

What are the benefits of complaining? What are the negative consequences of complaining?

Compare and contrast the groaning of the people in Exodus 2 with their murmuring in Exodus 16.

NURTURING THE SEED

It is interesting to see how quickly new, unsure circumstances make one believe the “good old” days of slavery in Egypt were better than the current circumstance (see Exodus 1:11, 14, 16 and compare against Exodus 16:3). What observations can you make based on the verses?

Think of a situation where you were led by God to exit a situation where you had some concerns about leaving.  Looking back, how did God provide for you to transition successfully? 

Why do we look back to earlier periods of our life that we used to complain and then often refer to them as the “good old” days?

Moses and Aaron were the objects of the people’s complaints but God was the object of their scorn.

Once free from their captivity in Egypt, the people suddenly remembered the benefits they had there.

FRUIT FROM THE CROP

God will not always give you all of the details for what he wants you to do, but he expects your patience and faith. 

Manna and quail represented the answer to a need that the people of God had.  It is a reminder to us that no matter what the need is today, God will provide it.  

God did not allow his frustrated people to lose the blessing he had planned for them.

God is faithful to his word, and because of that we should take it seriously.

God heard the people’s grumbling but still took it graciously.

God’s goodness to his people is not dependent on their willingness to respect Him as they should. 

God looks at us with eyes of mercy and watches over us often in spite of us.

God gave manna to the people so they would know “that I am the Lord your God.”  God is Jehovah-Jireh, our provider. He is still providing for the needs of his people.

God has provided manna for you today? Did you recognize it? Did you receive it? Did you celebrate it?