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#1 The people of Israel were led into the wilderness (desert) by Almighty God. How many Israelite people were there?
2 million Israelite people were led into the wilderness. That was a huge number of people, comparable to the entire population of Devon, Cornwall and Somerset put together. They all had to be provided with food to eat and water to drink.
#2 The people of Israel needed to drink plenty of water in the hot desert, but the only water they first found tasted horribly bitter and so they complained to Moses to help them. How did Moses make the bitter water sweet to drink?
Moses cried out to the Lord God in prayer for help and the Lord graciously provided Moses with instructions on how to make the water sweet by putting a certain tree into the lake of water. Almighty God will always answer the cries/prayers of His people (Christians).
“ The righteous (Christians) cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles”
Psalm 34 Verse 17
#3 The Israelites quickly ran out of food in the desert, but God provided food from Heaven (Manna) for His people. God only allowed the Israelites to gather just enough food each day to satisfy their hunger. If they gathered too much it would stink and be full of worms before the next day and it could not be eaten. Why did God do this?
God is very kind to His people (Christians) and provides them with all they need every day. He does not give Christians too much as this would spoil them and make them greedy, lazy and unthankful. He gives them sufficient grace every day, but we must trust in Him and pray to him.
#4 God commanded the Israelites not to collect food on the Lords Day (Sunday). How then did the people have enough food to eat on the Lords Day?
God allowed the people to gather twice as much food on the Saturday so that it could be eaten on the next day (Sunday). God also prevented the food (manna) from stinking and being infested with worms on the Sunday as this was a special day (Lords Day).
#5 What should we all do on Sunday (Lords Day)?
Sunday is the Lords Day (sabbath day) and we should all stop doing unnecessary work and spend the whole day worshipping and thanking Almighty God for his kindness to us every day of our lives. God actually commands all people to “remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy” Exodus Ch.20 v.8. This is the eighth of the ten commandments you may have learnt in Sunday School.
“But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work…For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it”
Exodus Ch.20 Vs. 10,11
#6 Why did the Israelite people complain about God and want to go back to Egypt?
They did not trust that God would provide them with all that they needed. Because of this distrust, they felt uncomfortable and scared in the hot desert and thought they would die. They wanted to go back to Egypt where they knew they would at least have some food and drink, even though the Egyptian people were very cruel to them. If only they had trusted in a kind Lord God to provide them with all they needed! Then they would not have been scared, angry or complaining, but would have instead been happy, calm and contented.
#7 How does God feel when we murmur or complain against Him when things go wrong in our lives?
God gets very angry with us when we complain against Him as He is very kind and provides us all with many good things in our lives. Unfortunately we sin against God every day and we deserve nothing from Him but His just punishment for our sins. However, God commands us all to repent of our sins and turn to Him and trust in Him. If He forgives us our sins and we become a Christian, we then receive many other blessings from Him such as the promise of Heaven when we die, peace in our hearts, a new life of living for Him and telling other people of the glorious gift of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ.
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