Exodus Chapter 16

Exodus 16

1And 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.

2And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness:

3And 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.

4Then 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.

5And 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.

6And 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:

7And 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?

8And 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.

9And 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.

10And 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.

11And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

12I 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.

13And 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.

14And 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.

15And 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.

16This 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.

17And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less.

18And 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.

19And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning.

20Notwithstanding 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.

21And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted.

22And 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.

23And 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.

24And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein.

25And 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.

26Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none.

27And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none.

28And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?

29See, 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.

30So the people rested on the seventh day.

31And 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.

32And 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.

33And 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.

34As the LORD commanded Moses, so Aaron laid it up before the Testimony, to be kept.

35And 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.

36Now an omer is the tenth part of an ephah.

17 thoughts on “Exodus Chapter 16

  1. Manna derives diretly from a Hebrew word meaning “What is it?” We don’t know exactly what it was. We do know it was white Ex16:31, tasted like wafers made with honey, and could be backed or boilled. Numbers 11:7-8 adds that it was waxy, like resin, had the flavor of something cooked in olive oil, and had to ground or crushed before cooking. No matter how interesting it was at first, a steady diet of manna quickly becomes tiresome to the Isrealites, and I can understand eating the same thing for every meal, every day could get old in a hurry. It surprises me that they don’t kill some of their livestock they led out of Egypt to eat?? Moses said it best in vs 8 your not grumbling against us, but against the Lord. Let’s keep in mind also, that God’s plan wasn’t a 40 year desert trip but a short trip across Sinai into the promise land (Ex 16:35; Num 14:1-34).
    They got their meat, in the form of quail, even though they could have gone about it a better way. They could have prayed to the Lord, or asked for Moses to interceed for meat WITHOUT all the grumbling. Numbers 11:33 tells us even the quail wasnt’ good enough for the Isrealites because they “craved other food” vs 34 and while the meat was still between their teeth the lord struck some of them dead with a severe plauge. God wasn’t playing when he said that if we would do what is right in the Lord’s eyes (Ex 16:2) that he wouldn’t plauge them with diseases. This will serve as a reminder for us and the Israelites that God will only put up with our grumbling for so long before he punishes us.

  2. 1And 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.

    2And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness:

    There will always be murmuring and complaining in the wilderness of sin.

  3. It happened again. As the Israelites encountered danger, shortages, and inconvenience, they complained bitterly and longer to be back in Egypt, but as always, God provided for their needs. Difficult circumstances often lead to stress and complaining. The Israelites didn’t really want to be back in Egypt; they just wanted life to get a little easier. In the pressure of the moment, they could not focus on the cause of their stress (in this case, lack of trust in God); they could only think about the quickest way of escape. When pressure comes our way, resist the temptation to make a quick escape. Instead, focus on God’s power and wisdom to help us deal with the causes of our stress.

  4. We should be careful what we ask for. We should also not complain about what God has already given us. The Israelites asked for meat and they got it. they got it so much that it made them sick and even some died. god knows what we need to stay healthy (in the physical and spiritual). We should allow him to work in us.

  5. An omar is a tenth – imagine that the people were instructed to gather an omar everyday and that was enough to provide their daily needs. Each day they were given fresh, new manna to satisfy their hunger. I believe God is showing us that even if we only have a 10th left over after we give to Him what belongs to Him, He is able to multiply that back to us so that 10th would satisfy our needs. We are blessed because He only requires us to give Him a 10th back, and we keep the 90%, but in bible days, they only received the 10th, and it sustained them daily.

  6. GOD desires that His children would learn to depend on HIM, and it begins with humility , a teachable spirit,obedience,and submission.
    Appetites,sinful habits and lives will be changed.
    It is GOD’S will that we would come before HIM
    every-day in prayer ” Give us this day
    our daily bread”
    That is HIS method of provision.

  7. Instead of murmuring against the man of God,Moses, they should have been praying in faith to God The real miracle is on the sixth day they gathered enough for 2 days and it didn’t spoil. Maybe we should consider resting one day. To many time I hear of Christians not able to sleep at night.Thanks to thomas edison we now have the lightbulb. If we could learn to turn our lights and brains off maybe we could sleep. I have trouble sleepnig at night also.

  8. V.8… your murmurings are not against us, but against the LORD. So busy murmuring that they have forgotten what God had done for them. They lost sight of God’s blessings and his hand upon their lives.

  9. 33And 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.

    34As the LORD commanded Moses, so Aaron laid it up before the Testimony, to be kept.

    35And 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.

    We must always remember and tell our testimonies of what God has done for us. We alos must always keep faith in Him, that He will keep us.

  10. 1-3
    SHORT MEMORIES
    Two months before the Israelites were crying out for deliverance from cruel slave drivers. Here they speak about sitting around pots of meat and eating all the food they wanted. Dont idealize the past. Each time of life has its own tribulations. Just trust God he is able to deliver us from them all.

  11. Be careful the words you speak concerning the man of God; you are not only speaking against them but you are speaking against God himself. Speaking negative things brings a curse to one’s life but speaking positive brings blessings and favor!

  12. 8And 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.

    9And 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.

    He hears everything….how much more might the blessings have been if they had not been complaining?

  13. My admiration for Moses grows with each account of the Israelites grumbling, complaining and murmuring. God knew what he was doing when he chose Moses.

  14. v. 2 and the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness………

    you have to be careful what you say about the man of God, I thank God daily for a pastor that follows God and preaches the word of God to us, does it hurt sometimes yes…..but thankful that he preaches it and doesn’t sugar coat it

  15. 8And 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.

  16. This chapter illustrates a test. “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.” God still test us today to see which way we will go, and we can repent and make it right or we can refuse. A person is wise to do as the Word says and pastor preaches, and make it right while we have breath or God will make it right when we stand before him. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  17. WHEN GOD TAKES OVER

    2 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness:

    The entire congregation was against Leadership. However leadership was in obedience to GOD. (Submission in action). When submission is practiced the one in AUTHORITY takes over.

    The LORD took over!

    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.

    Submission and Obedience pays off again for Moses and Aaron.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s