Monday, June 7 2010
The Bread Of The Wilderness
Manna was given to the Israelites to sustain them in the wilderness. Although they had been slaves in Egypt, they were well-fed slaves i.e. "in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full."
"16:1 And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt. 16:2 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness: 16:3 And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger. 16:4 Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no." (Exodus 16:1-4 KJV)
"Neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year"
Manna was given to the Israelites because they were unsettled. They could grow no crops of their own in the wilderness of Sinai (although they were not originally to have remained there for so long - see A Journey Without A Destination). That situation ended when they crossed into their promised land, "a land that floweth with milk and honey." The manna stopped just after Passover during the days of Unleavened Bread (see Christ's Feast of Unleavened Bread; listen also to the Sermons First Day of Unleavened Bread: Beginning The Journey To Salvation and Seventh Day of Unleavened Bread: The Road To Life from our Sermons page).
"5:6 For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people that were men of war, which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD [see also Why Did Christ Put Moses To Death?]: unto whom the LORD sware that he would not show them the land, which the LORD sware unto their fathers that he would give us, a land that floweth with milk and honey.
Fact Finder: What did Jesus Christ say about manna?
This Day In History, June 7
1099: The armies of the First Crusade (1096-99) reached the walls of Jerusalem.
1329: Robert the Bruce, who seized the Scottish throne in 1306, died of leprosy. He was succeeded by David II.
1494: The Treaty of Tordesillas was signed, under which Spain and Portugal agreed to divide the New World between themselves.
1498: Christopher Columbus departed on his third voyage of exploration to the New World.
1546: The Peace of Ardes ended the war between France and England.
1654: Louis XIV was crowned king of France.
1677: Olivier Moriel de la Durantaye claimed the Lake Huron - Lake Erie area for France.
1775: The United Colonies was renamed the United States.
1886: Elzear-Alexandre Taschereau was appointed Canada's first cardinal by Pope Leo XIII.
1929: The Papal State was revived when the Vatican was established in Rome. It had not existed since 1870.
1939: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth crossed from Canada to the U.S. to become the first British monarchs to visit the United States.
1942: The Battle of Midway ended. It was the first major naval defeat for the Japanese.
1967: Day 3 of the "6 Day War" - Israeli forces took The Old City, thereby securing the entire city as Israel's capital.
1981: To stop non-existent Iraqi "weapons of mass destruction" (Israel is the only nation in the Middle East that has nuclear "weapons of mass destruction" - as proven by the later invasion of Iraq), Prime Minister Menachem Begin sent Israeli warplanes to bomb a French-built nuclear reactor that was designed to generate electricity for Baghdad.