DCLM Daily Manna Friday 20 October 2023
TOPIC: The Miracle of Obedience
TEXT: Exodus 16:22-31 (KJV)
22 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.
“And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein.”
DCLM Daily Manna Friday 20 October 2023 MESSAGE
The story was once told of a man whose faithful dog burned to death in a great fire that had swept through the forest where he worked. The man said the little dog had been left under a tree to guard his master’s dinner pail and would not leave it even when the flames roared around him.
He was brokenhearted when he found the charred remains of his little friend. With tears streaming down his face, he said, “I always had to be careful what I told him to do, because I knew he would do it”. This, and more, is the kind of obedience to which Christ has called us.
The mixed multitude that journeyed with the Israelites out of Egypt became an albatross on their journey through the wilderness. They complained and murmured occasionally. They blamed Moses whenever they had any little need along the way. They also influenced the congregation sometimes to riot and protest. When they complained of hunger in the wilderness, the Lord gave them manna from heaven.
The instruction from God was that none of this manna should be kept overnight and nobody should go to the field to look for it on Sabbath days. However, some people disobeyed and kept it overnight and it bred worms. Some others went out on the Sabbath day in search of manna and found none. God was not happy about Israel’s disobedience.
Disobedience only strains the relationship we have with God. It displeases Him when people are not ready to obey even the most basic instructions. God blesses obedient and faithful people.
The Christian journey can be likened to the one Israel undertook through the wilderness. To make it to the Promised Land, there must be a commitment to obey God and keep His commandments.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Obedience brings blessings.
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