Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Bread from heaven

Exodus 16-19:25

  This is someone's concept of manna.  Wow, I thought it already came as something looking like a flour tortilla! 

They set off and haven't learned anything about God through the deliverance from Pharoah.  Two weeks into the trip, they are complaining to Aaron and Moses that they have been brought into the wilderness to die, how they had pots of boiling meat in Egypt and now there is nothing.  (Our remembrance of sin is always waaaaaaaaaaaaay better than the bondage it actually was.)

Anyway, the LORD heard their complaints of no meat so he told them he would send quails at night and bread in the morning.

The manna was the bread.  They were told to gather what they needed with none left over.  Of course, they didn't believe Moses so they gathered more.  It got worms and stunk. 

It looks like coriander seed and tastes like honey.

Water from the Rock
The people have no water, "why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us?"  God tells Moses to take the rod of God and strike the rock.  Water flows.

Victory over the Amalekites
They fought the Amalekites and Aaron and Hur were with Moses watching the battle.  While Moses lifted his hands, they were winning.  When he lowered his hands, the Amalekites would win.  His arms got tired, so Aaron and Hur helpel him hold up his hands until they won.

14 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.” 15 And Moses built an altar and called its name, The-LORD-Is-My-Banner;[d] 16 for he said, “Because the LORD has sworn: the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.”

Jethro comes to visit Moses.  He brings Zipporah and the kids.  He sees what God has done to bring the Israelites out of Egypt and rejoices.  He watches Moses sit in judgment and asks why it is just him doing it.  He helps Moses appoint many others to do the same so Moses only has to do the hard cases.

Israel at Mount Sinai.  God tells Moses to have the people sanctify themselves and come to the base of the mountain to see His presence.  But they cannot go up into the mountain lest they die.

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