September 19 – Exodus 16:31-36

September 19 – Exodus 16:31-36

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31 Now the house of Israel called its name manna. It was like coriander seed, white, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey. 32 Moses said, “This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Let an omer of it be kept throughout your generations, so that they may see the bread with which I fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you out of the land of Egypt.’” 33 And Moses said to Aaron, “Take a jar, and put an omer of manna in it, and place it before the Lord to be kept throughout your generations.” 34 As the Lord commanded Moses, so Aaron placed it before the testimony to be kept. 35 The people of Israel ate the manna forty years, till they came to a habitable land. They ate the manna till they came to the border of the land of Canaan. 36 (An omer is the tenth part of an ephah.)

God is a good, good God. Imagine how much manna He provided. This provision lasted for the full forty years. Daily he rained down manna and on the sixth day He rained down a double portion. God’s provision to His chosen people is mind boggling. God knew that this history of His amazing provision needed to be passed on to future generations. This was accomplished by placing a jar of the manna before the Lord. Eventually, this jar would find its way into the Ark of the Covenant. How well He knew His chosen people. We. Too, tend to forget all that God has done for us. Our children need to be reminded of the goodness of God as we raise them. Take time today to tell someone of the provisions of God in your life. Share with them how well God has taken care of your family and loved ones. How sweet that God gave us the Bible to help us remember His faithfulness to those He loves.


Heavenly Father, what a loving and gracious God You are, but You know us so well, You knew there would need to be a reminder of what You had done, not just once, but constantly for 40 years.  I’m sure they were tired of manna after awhile, but You didn’t promise that You provide a variety, but You always provide what we need.  I think about what I need and compare it to what I have.  Oh Father, forgive me for not being grateful for the abundance You have given me.  I am grateful, but certainly not thankful enough.  Help me to share my abundance in whatever way You ask.  Sometimes that is giving financially to help someone, and sometimes it is telling them how amazing You are, but help me be obedient to share You and Your provision in whatever way You ask. 

In Jesus’ name.



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