Friday, February 04, 2011

Bible Study: Coming Out Of Bondage - Exodus - Chapter 16


Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes on the book of Exodus. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses you through this material.

Stacey


Take a few minutes to savor Exodus Chapter 16. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations…


16 – manna represents God’s mercy and glory. See John 6:35, 51 – Jesus is the bread of life!

16:1-4 – Manna is God’s answer to man’s hunger.

16:3 – Israel was romanticizing their past because of a rough spot in their present. We’ve all done this!

16:4 – the Israelites had to gather it! And they had to gather only what they needed for that day except on the day before the Sabbath. God wanted their participation and daily reliance on Him! He wants the same from us! God’s grace and mercy is available to us everyday, but we must gather it according to our need!

16:6-7 – manna is the physical manifestation of God’s glory.

16:8 – manna is a gift of God’s grace.

16:9 – Why would Moses tell Aaron to do this after the instructions they gave in vv. 6-8?

16:10 – they saw God’s glory in the desert.

16:12 – manna is perfectly satisfying – compare original meanings of “eat” and “filled”.

eat - to eat, devour, burn up, feed (to eat (human subject); to eat, devour (of beasts and birds); to devour, consume (of fire); to devour, slay (of sword); to devour, consume, destroy (inanimate subjects - ie, pestilence, drought); to devour (of oppression); to be eaten (by men); to be devoured, consumed (of fire); to be wasted, destroyed (of flesh); to cause to eat, feed with
to cause to devour; to feed; to cause to eat; consume)

filled - to be satisfied, be sated, be fulfilled, be surfeited (to be sated (with food); to be sated, be satisfied with, be fulfilled, be filled, have one's fill of (have desire satisfied); to have in excess, be surfeited, be surfeited with; to be weary of (fig); to satisfy; to satisfy; to enrich; to sate, glut (with the undesired))

16:10 – compare Hebrews 12:29 – the glory of the Lord appearing in the cloud may have been fiery since our God is a consuming fire!

16:13 – see Psalm 28:29.

Quail were common in Egypt. God gave them what they had in Egypt. God was reminding Israel who He had delivered them from.

16:14 – God’s glory comes in small packages.

16:15 – why didn’t Israel know what it was since they were told what was coming in v. 8? Is this like when a child doesn’t like the look of something and makes a production of asking what it is to express displeasure?

16:16 – an omer is a man’s daily portion. A dry measure of a little over 2 quarts.

The Israelites were to gather only what they needed. God gives His mercy in perfect ratio to our need.

Manna is training for daily dependence on God.

16:18 – God always supplies His grace according to our need.

16:19-20 – What are you holding onto that you shouldn’t be? How can you use it to serve God?

16:21 – the manna was available first thing in the morning, but would disappear with the heat of the day. See Isaiah 55:6 which says we should seek the Lord while He may be found. See Matthew 6:33 which says we are to seek first His kingdom. WE ARE TO SEEK GOD FIRST THING IN THE MORNING!!!!!

16:22 – two omers – double the daily portion.

16:27 – Were these people forgetful? Or rebellious?

16:28 – God holds leaders responsible for the actions of their subordinates.

16:31 – it was white – a symbol of perfection and purity.

16:33-34 – Moses instructed Aaron to put the jar or manna before the Lord. Aaron placed it before the “Testimony.”

16:33 – one omer – saved in a jar as a remembrance.

16:34 – why mention the Testimony, here? It hasn’t been created, yet.

16:36 – one omer = one tenth of an ephah.


What attributes of God have you observed in your study today? How will this change your relationship with Him?

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