3. a. The Israelites traveled three days before they found water. Undrinkable water. Grumble..grumble..grumble @ Moses.
b. Moses asked God for help rather than complaining or trying to do something on his own. The Lord responded by showing Moses a log. Moses threw it into the bitter water which became sweet.
The Lord also indirectly reminded the Israelites why the Egyptians were on the receiving end of all those plagues: They refused to listen to Him. He tells his chosen ones how to avoid that undesirable scenario.
c. At Marah, God established an important principle with the following conditions:
- Listen closely to My voice.
- Do what is right in My eyes.
- Pay attention to My instructions.
- Keep all of My laws.
Lest we think these conditions still apply to us, remember we are now under the NEW Covenant.
This promise was conditional upon their obedience. In the New Testament, our blessing is dependent upon faith in Christ. We don’t get what we deserve anymore; we get what Jesus deserves, if we believe on Jesus. Hallelujah! Therefore, the New Testament believer can take this verse to say, “Because of our faith in Jesus, God will not put any of the diseases upon us that He brought on the Egyptians.” Thank You, Jesus! Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.
d. God revealed another of His attributes. He said, “I am the Eternal, Your Healer.” Exodus 15:26 Voice
4. a. The Israelites wrongly assume that Egypt and the Egyptians were their providers and not God. After protection from the plagues, a miraculous escape drowning all their enemies, and bitter water turned sweet, they still complain and think about returning to Egypt. That’s stinking thinking. I’ve never done anything like that, of course. Exodus 16:3 Voice
b. Israelites were actually grumbling against Moses and Aaron. Exodus 16:2 Voice
5. a. God provided manna for forty years. The Israelites found manna on the ground six days each week. The sixth day, they came back with twice as much. In the Voice version, it sounds like the amount they collected multiplied.
“Miraculously, each person and each family—regardless of how much they gathered—had exactly what they needed.” Exodus 16:18 Voice
22 On the sixth day the people went out and gathered, but they came back with twice as much as usual—four quarts per person. All the leaders of the community thought they needed to tell Moses what had happened. Exodus 16:22 Voice
After reading this passage in several versions, it seems they measured the manna after they returned from gathering.
b. The gift of manna was also a test. God gave instructions to follow. And consequences if they did not followed.
- The manna that was not collected in the morning, melted.
- Any manna saved overnight, developed a foul smell and became wormy.
- God instructed them to rest on the seventh day, so no manna fell.
c. Concerning manna, Jesus said,
I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”…
53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. 54 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55 For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. 56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.
57 As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me. 58 This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever.”
d. Just like the manna in the wilderness, “Because of the Lord’s faithful love, we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!” Lamentations 3:22-23 HCSB