¶ And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation
of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between
Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing
out of the land of Egypt.
2 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness:
.3 And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.
- Elim ... Wilderness of Sin The location is uncertain. On
our map it is the costal
area along the Red Sea beyond Elim. The name "sin" may have been taken
from the name of thorny bushes, or it was the name of the god worshipped
in the region, or it was another name for Sinai. Therefore it's not related
to our English word, "sin," which means disobedience.
3 - That we had died This was more than an expression of concern for food. It was the spirit of rebellion.
4 Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven
for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day,
that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.
5 And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.
6 And Moses and Aaron said unto all the children of Israel, At even, then ye shall know that the LORD hath brought you out from the land of Egypt:
7 And in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the LORD; for that he heareth your murmurings against the LORD: and what are we, that ye murmur against us?
.8 And Moses said, This shall be, when the LORD shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that the LORD heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him: and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the LORD.
- Bread from heaven Jesus Christ who was the Lord of the
Exodus explained that He was the true "bread from heaven." jn0632.
Some have attributed the manna to a plant or insect in the area but the
quantity produced is very small and this does not account for the weekly
changes in how it would keep.
4 - Prove them Help them learn trust and dependence on God
And Moses spake unto Aaron, Say unto all the congregation of the children
of Israel, Come near before the LORD: for he hath heard your murmurings.
.10 And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud.
.11 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
.12 I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God.
.13 ¶ And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host.
|13 - Quails Fulfilling the promise of verse 8. We read of these birds again later. The people complained about the manna nu1104 and God sent Quails with disastrous results nu1131. Here the Lord may have been testing them to see if they would continue to demand their Egyptian diet. They accepted the manna. In a later story, they complained again. and were punished. Some have thought that the "quails" were flying insects or flying fish but ps07827 clarifies that they were birds.|
And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness
there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground.
.15 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.
16 This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents.
.17 And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less.
18 And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating.
19 And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning.
.20 Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth with them.
.21 And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted.
15 - Manna The Jewish people thought that Jesus would cause manna to fall again. jn0634.
18 - Mete it Or "measure it" with a standard omer basket.
19 - Leave of it God planed for us to enjoy working and to not be lazy pr0609.
21 - Gathered every morning A lesson for us. The early morning is our most important spiritual time to eat the bread of life mr1422 as we pray and study the word.
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¶ And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as
much bread, two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation
came and told Moses.
.23 And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.
24 And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein.
25 And Moses said, Eat that to day; for to day is a sabbath unto the LORD: to day ye shall not find it in the field.
26 Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none.
.27 And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none.
28 And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?
29 See, for that the LORD hath given you the sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.
30 So the people rested on the seventh day.
31 And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.
- Seventh day which is the sabbath Some claim that the Sabbath
was given to the Jewish people at Sinai. They did not get there until two
weeks later v1, ex1901.
The Sabbath was the rest at the end of the week of creation ge0201.
That first week set the pattern of the seven-day week that is still followed
29 - The Lord hath given you Reminding them of the setting apart of the day. The Sabbath as expressed in the fourth commandment would begin with the word "Remember." ex2008. Some believe that God changed it, but this is not the case. See re0110.
31 - Like coriander seed The word "like" indicates that it was not coriander seed. Coriander is an herb used for seasoning. See nu1107, ge0212.
¶ And Moses said, This is the thing which the LORD commandeth, Fill
an omer of it to be kept for your generations; that they may see the bread
wherewith I have fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you forth from
the land of Egypt.
.33 And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a pot, and put an omer full of manna therein, and lay it up before the LORD, to be kept for your generations.
.34 As the LORD commanded Moses, so Aaron laid it up before the Testimony, to be kept.
.35 And the children of Israel did eat manna forty years, until they came to a land inhabited; they did eat manna, until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan.
.36 Now an omer is the tenth part of an ephah.
|32 - Kept for your generations Some foods keep for a long time but keeping for generations must have been powerful witness.|