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Click here for today’s reading: Exodus 14,15, 16; Acts 2
Here is my SOAP for today, Friday, January 26, 2018
Exodus 14:11 “They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die?”
24 “So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?”
Exodus 15 The song of Moses and Miriam
Exodus 16 “In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. 3 The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”
14 “When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor.”
31 “The people of Israel called the bread manna. It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey.” (Manna sounds like the Hebrew for What is it? See verse 15.)
FYI: An “omer” is between 2.3 and 3.6 liters, about 1/12 of a bushel, equivalent to about 43 eggs. An “Ephah” (10 omers) is 0.63 bushels (or 5.9 gal.)
Have to keep in mind there were 600,000 men, add women, children, servants could be upwards of 2,000,000 people! (That’s nearly 4x the number of people in Montgomery County!) Think about how much food it takes to feed that many people 2-3 times per day! The average person eats 3-5 pounds of food per day… Let’s call it 4 lbs.
4 lbs x 2 million people is 8,000,000 lbs of food that would be 8,000 SKIDS (at 1,000 lbs/skid)
Acts 2:17-18 “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.” [Peter, quoting Joel 2:28-32]
I love this passage out of Acts 2:42-48 “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
It’s easy to get caught up in the story of the Israelites and all their disobedience and chaos and all the details… It’s a compelling They wandered in the wilderness, eating manna (and quail?) for 40 years… It should/could have taken them (less than) 40 days (some commentaries say the trip could have been made in as little as 10 days.) It’s 250 miles from Egypt to Canaan. That’s about the same distance from Dayton, OH to Pittsburgh, PA or Knoxville, TN.
They kept the leftover manna when they weren’t supposed to…
They went out to collect manna on the seventh day when they weren’t supposed to…
It would be easy to miss Peter quoting Joel, a powerful prophetic passage! And those verses in Acts 2 about what life in the early church was like…
Quail and manna… Give us THIS day… our daily bread. (Matthew 6:11)
It’s easy to look back… and forget… they were enslaved! All they remembered was the FOOD! Yes, we were slaves, but at least we weren’t HUNGRY!
That is what church should look like. A lifestyle… growth, signs and wonders, community, generosity, fellowship, worship, favor.
“Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days…”
I love today’s reading… I’m so energized and excited. I love the history, the drama, how real the Bible is, I love Acts 2, I love that Peter quoted Joel… I love that/how God provided for a grumbling people, because He is faithful and good!
Thank you Lord that you are faithful and good, even when I am grumbling and looking back… Thank you that in these last days you are pouring out your Spirit on all people!
By the way…
In case you were wondering… Yes, those are Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes…