KEY SCRIPTURE: Exodus 16:20 ” Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth with them.”
Moses from the beginning of his calling has been very consistent with whatever God told him. He took time to get what God was instructing him, so he would do just that.
In our passage Moses gave them instructions on how to collect and use the manna. He asked them not to collect above some amount. Some obeyed but a number of them disobeyed. Those who disobeyed and collected more than what they were told had the leftovers becoming worms. Most of man’s troubles are as a result of neglect of the word of God. The word of God is perfect, it converts the soul. The testimony of God is sure making wise the simple. The commandment of the Lord is pure enlightening the eyes. PS 19:7–9). Human experience is full of failures and defeats. The reason is simple, men do not obey the simple instructions of scripture. 2nd Timothy 3:16,17 reads “All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. That the man of God may be perfect thoroughly furnished unto every good work. The import of the scripture is to make the child of God perfect thoroughly equipped unto every good work. If men would be diligent to do what God says life would not produce ‘worms’ and ‘maggots.’
In Exodus 16:29, Moses instructed the Jews to take a double of what they used to collect at the other times. This was to be used on the Sabbath day. They were not to go for any manna on the Sabbath day. During this incident, what was left for the next day did not grow worms.
Once again, we learn that relating with God is to trust Him for whatever He says. The just shall always live by faith. Isaiah 55:8-9 reads “For my thoughts are not your thoughts neither are your ways my ways. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. It is the word of God which gives us God’s thoughts and His ways. Without His word man is lost in his own confusion. He says His thoughts produces the best of results in every endeavor in life. To lead a great and successful life just resolve to submit to God’s word in everything you do.
In Exodus 16:26, the Bible said some of the Israelites went out on the Sabbath day to gather some manna and found none. The Lord asked Moses how long would these people refuse to disobey God’s word. This is rebellion and stubbornness. They were disappointed in their disobedience. This should teach us a lot of lessons. Anytime we disobey God’s word we would be disappointed no matter how wise our actions may be.
May we always humble ourselves before God, to do exactly as He says, so we may avoid failure and disappointments.
I have the understanding of the just and escape the path of fools for I submit my life and actions totally to God’s word. I live in the Spirit and therefore I’m filled with peace and joy always.
Romans 8:6-7 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
Isaiah 57:20-21 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.