Sunday, September 29, 2013

Exodus 16

Today's reading in our daily plan is Exodus 16. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • The beginning of this chapter finds the Israelites continuing their journey into the desert.  It doesn't take very long before the people are grumbling against their leaders.
  • God provides food for his people in the form of manna in the morning and quail in the evening.
  • Got gives them specific instructions on how to gather and keep the manna.  They were to only take what they could use that day.  These instructions changed for the sixth day, however.  On the sixth day, they were to gather enough for two days so they could have a day of rest.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • The people complained even though God had just provided good drinking water for them (see previous chapter).  Instead of taking it personally, Moses took it to God and asked him what to do.
  • God cared for his people and made a plan to provide for them.  
  • This is the second time we see this word "sabbath" in the Bible.  The first time is referring to the seventh day of creation when God rested.  Here, we see him introduce this concept to his people by instructing them to not gather food on the seventh day.  

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Any time you take on any kind of leadership role, there will be people who complain.  The question is, how do you take the criticism?  Do you internalize it and let it get you down, or do you externalize it and take it to God?
  • How have you seen God provide for you in your life?
  • While we are not under God's command to not work on Saturdays anymore, it still is a good idea to take time to rest and recharge.  When is the last time you took a 'sabbath' rest?