By: Ely Lagajino
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; Whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shal never thirst”. John 6:35
This time the Israelites travel through the desert of sin, a place between Elim and Mount Sinai, which is the worst part of the desert. The area received massive damage during the time of the flood.
Later they stopover and camp to rest and refresh. People complain about their limited food supply. They allow doubts to occupy their hearts and minds, worrying and grumbling against Moses. The Elders join in complaining, doubting if Moses could handle the situation.
The Lord allows these things to happen that their heartsmay turn to Him. It is unbelief to anticipate that they will die of hunger.
Apparently, they still have animals that can supply meat for their hunger, but they allow their greedy desires, and cravings to get the better of them. They are used to eating free food in Egypt, “the fried fish, cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic” (Numbers 11:5 NIV), and maybe even ice cream. If only they have faith in God who displayed many pieces of evidence of His power, they would accept the inconveniences joyfully.
God is not unaware of their wants. He assures the congregation through Moses that He will rain quails one evening, and bread every morning, complete with directions on acquiring and cooking this new kind of food. Each familygathers a minimum of one omer (two quarts or about 3.64 litters)of bread-like food. But on Friday, they must collect double, to include provisions for the Sabbath.
Early in the morning, they go outside their tent and amazingly see a bountiful supply of small sized rounded white bread. The Israelites may have asked themselves, “Is this mini pan de sal? What is it?” The Israelites call it “Manna”, which means, “What is it?” The Bible calls it bread from heaven, corn of heaven, angel’s food, coriander look-alike seeds that taste like honey wafers, and spiritual meat.
God supplies them with Manna for their forty years in the wilderness to save them from starving. PP pp.304-307; Ex. 11; Numbers 11