Manna Lessons (Exodus 16)

March 28th, 2019 Posted in writing

When the children of Israel left Egypt, they didn’t have time to gather all the things they might need, including enough bread to last for more than a short time. It wasn’t long before they started complaining that there wasn’t enough to eat. Moses took their complaints to God, who promised to give them food. So, one morning, when they looked out from their tents, the people saw the ground and bushes covered in a white sticky substance. They named it manna (the name means “What is this?”) and discovered they could eat it.

Moses told the people that each morning they could gather enough to feed themselves for that day, but if they gathered more than they needed for that day, it would spoil and be inedible. (The only exception was the day before the sabbath when they could gather manna for two days since they could not work on the sabbath.) They ate manna throughout their forty years of wandering, and it ceased only when they entered the land God had promised them.

I think we can draw two simple lessons from the story of the manna. First, if we think of our life as a journey, we can trust that God will send us the food/the grace to keep going until we reach our journey’s end. And, second, lest we think we can hoard up God’s help and grace, the story reminds us that we will be given what we need for each day, but not all at once, lest we forget that our food/our grace for each day is God’s daily gift.

As we enter into the second part of Lent, let’s ask ourselves how God has fed and graced us each day of our journey up until now and how we might show our gratitude.

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