Week of March 4 - Day 1

Scripture to Memorize: Matthew 6:33

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Day 1 Read: Exodus 16:11-15

And the Lord said to Moses,12 “I have heard the grumbling of the people of Israel. Say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’”

13 In the evening quail came up and covered the camp, and in the morning dew lay around the camp. 14 And when the dew had gone up, there was on the face of the wilderness a fine, flake-like thing, fine as frost on the ground. 15 When the people of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.

Reflect: How did God meet the need for food while the Israelites were in the wilderness? Where did the food come from?

Consider: mān hû’, “what is it?” It was in thin flakes (v. 14), white like coriander seed (an herb), looked like resin (Num. 11:7, perhaps meaning it was light-colored and/or sticky), and it tasted like honey wafers. It also had the taste of “something made with olive oil” (Num. 11:8). Some writers have suggested that the manna was a sweet-tasting excretion left by insects on the twigs of tamarisk trees in June and July. However, manna was provided year-round, on the ground, and the tamarisk excretion does not spoil within 24 hours.[1]

Respond: How has God surprised you by meeting specific needs? What was the source? How did you respond?


[1] John D. Hannah, “Exodus,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 1 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 134–135.