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Wednesday, October 24 2018
A Bible Journey, 66: Why Quail With The Manna?
"And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God."
The last generation in Egypt Israelites had become accustomed to being tended by their slave masters - who apparently fed them well, while working and abusing them to death (see A Bible Journey, 55: Bricks Of Stubble). With their freedom came their responsibility to make their own living. They soon complained to Moses: "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."
"16:1 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 [see Paul's Geography Lesson], on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt.
The LORD (see A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name and The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God) then declared that He would feed them, for the time being, while teaching them that freedom isn't anarchy i.e. "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."
"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.
The delivery of manna to the Israelites is one of the most famous events of Bible history. The manna however was only part of the food delivery.
"16:6 And Moses and Aaron said unto all the children of Israel, At even, then ye shall know that the LORD hath brought you out from the land of Egypt [see A Bible Journey, 63: The Exodus Lesson]: 16:7 And in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the LORD; for that he heareth your murmurings against the LORD: and what are we, that ye murmur against us?
The LORD then declared "At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread."
"16:10 And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud [see also The Clouds of Heaven; also What Happened When The Messiah Arrived In Heaven?].
The Israelites were fed with quail in the evening and manna in the morning.
"16:13 And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host. 16:14 And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground. 16:15 And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was.
The Israelites had not yet arrived at Mount Sinai, where they were given the Ten Commandments. The reason that the Fourth Commandment says "Remember the Sabbath Day" is because they had already been instructed about the Sabbath - when they were given the quail and manna (see The Fourth Commandment Is About Every Day).
"16:21 And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted. 16:22 And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses. 16:23 And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.
As they continued to do through their time in the Sinai, the adult former-slave generation were rebels and whiners - the reason that it was the children of the Exodus, not the adults of the Exodus, that entered the Promised Land, after a forty year delay (see Deuteronomy: The Law and History Lessons By Moses).
"16:27 And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none. 16:28 And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws? 16:29 See, for that the LORD hath given you the sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day. 16:30 So the people rested on the seventh day." (Exodus 16:27-30 KJV)
For the particular object-lesson that it involved (see the Fact Finder question below), a jar of manna was placed in the Ark of the Covenant.
"16:31 And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey. 16:32 And Moses said, This is the thing which the LORD commandeth, Fill an omer of it to be kept for your generations; that they may see the bread wherewith I have fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you forth from the land of Egypt.
Fact Finder: What is the connection between "manna" and the Passover Lamb of God?
This Day In History, October 24
69: The Second Battle of Bedriacum. The Danube armies under Antonius Primus, an ally of Vespasian (see The Roman Emperors: Vespasian), defeated the forces of Emperor Vitellius (see The Roman Emperors: Vitellius).
439: The Vandals (a Germanic tribe; the term vandalism" originated from the Vandals) captured the North African city of Carthage from the Romans. The German Empire later succeeded the Roman Empire of history and prophecy (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1273: Rudolf of Hapsburg, a Swiss count, was crowned king of Germany at Aachen, Charlemagne's old capital. Rudolf was the first Hapsburg to be "Holy Roman Emperor" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1360: The Treaty of Calais was signed by Edward III of England and John II of France, allowing England to retain certain French territories. The Hundred Years War, begun in 1337, continued until 1453.
1537: Jane Seymour, the third wife of England's King Henry VIII, died 12 days after giving birth to Prince Edward, later King Edward VI.
1601: Tycho Brahe died at age 54. The Danish astronomer made many important discoveries of the heavens during his career (many things of which were already well-known to those to read and believed the Holy Bible - see No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible).
1648: The Thirty Years War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Westphalia between France and the "Holy Roman Emperor" at Munster. After 3 decades of war, Germany was left devastated by sword, fire and plague.
1755: At the time when northeastern North America was divided into "New England" and "New France," a British expedition against the French-held Fort Niagara was repulsed.
1795: Poland ceased to exist as an independent nation when Russia, Prussia (which is in Germany; not to be confused with Russia) and Austria negotiated the Third Partition.
1920: Alexander, king of Greece 1917-1920, died at age 27 from infection after being bit by a pet monkey.
1921: The Nova Scotia working fishing schooner Bluenose (the Bluenose worked as an actual fishing schooner between races) defeated the U.S. racing schooner Elsie to win the International Schooner Championship. The Bluenose (which is pictured on the Canadian dime coin) remained undefeated in every race, against all comers, that it ever entered, including every year's International Schooner Championship, for its entire working life over the next 17 years.
1922: The Irish Parliament adopted a constitution for an Irish Free State, which formally came into existence in December.
1929: "Black Thursday" on the U.S. stock market, leading to the Great Depression. New York Stock Exchange prices collapsed with nearly 13,000,000 shares changing hands in panic selling.
1944: U.S. warplanes sank the Japanese battleship Musashi, one of the largest ever built, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf during the Second World War. The U.S. aircraft carrier Princeton was also sunk. More than 30 major U.S. and Japanese warships were sunk in the battle, including Japan's last 4 aircraft carriers. After this battle, the depleted Japanese naval forces resorted increasingly to Kamikaze suicide attacks.
Many U.S. and Japanese aircraft carriers sunk in battle during the war. Japan lost over 20 aircraft carriers (including those that were involved in the attack on Pearl Harbor), while the U.S. lost over 12 (including the Hornet, Langley, Lexington, Princeton, Wasp and Yorktown).
1945: The founding of the United Nations.
1946: A camera on board a German V-2 rocket (used by Adolf Hitler to bomb Britain until the end of the war in 1945; see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) took the first photograph of Earth from outer space.
1947: During the "red scare" hysteria of U.S. McCarthyism (that some historians have likened to the Salem "witch hunts" of centuries before), Walt Disney testified before the House "Un-American Activities Committee," where he named Disney employees that he accused of being communists (Disney was actually making the accusations against labor union members who worked for his company as artists and actors - McCarthyism was a convenient and profitable "union busting" tactic by Disney).
The term "McCarthyism" was defined as "the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence." Named after mentally-unstable Republican U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin (who was later discredited and censured before he died of alcoholism at age 48), it resulted in thousands of U.S. citizens wrongly accused as communists or communist sympathizers and subjected to "big brother" investigations and questioning before government or private-industry panels, committees and agencies. Many innocent people had their lives and careers destroyed by the mass hysteria.
1964: Northern Rhodesia became independent from the British who established civilized government for the country; it thereafter became known as the Republic of Zambia.
1973: Israel's Yom Kippur War (an invasion by Arab nations on the Day of Atonement) ended (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1980: Poland's communist authorities granted recognition to the new independent trade union "Solidarity."
2003: The supersonic Concorde airliners made their last commercial flight.
2008: The "Bloody Friday" when many of the world's stock exchanges experienced the worst declines in their history.